Would it be possible to set up the DreamHost account to be a personal proxy? By that I mean I would be able to enter my DreamHosted domain as the proxy server in a browser and then be able to browse to US-based sites (like Pandora) hassle-free.
If such a thing is possible, would it be difficult to set up? I have limited HTML/UNIX knowledge.
I don’t think it’s strictly against the ToS. It’s only because of the fact that public proxies tend to impact the server. A personal proxy that isn’t heavily used would probably be ok, but you’d have to know what you were doing.
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I was told by Dreamhost support a couple days ago that I can’t use cgiproxy on my account, they renamed the directory with it and told me not to use it again since it’s against the TOS and my account would get disabled. I used that thing for maybe 10 minutes every couple weeks or so, so I guess it isn’t a server-load issue or on a case-by-case basis.
I’m guessing here, but if I had to be on the DreamHost side supporting this, I’d be concerned with people using these proxies (even if it was personal) to do naughty things… like try to break into other websites. Who’ll get the blame? DreamHost.
I doubt it’s a bandwidth or other tech issue, I think it’s a CYA (cover your ass) issue. Again, I’m just speculating as to the reasoning here.
The issue is more of a server load issue. Persistent processes take up resources, and since they never quit, that’s a process that will take up resources, even when it’s not being used. One doesn’t need a persistent process (or proxy) to do naughty things originating from DreamHost.