SocksChain is a handy application that allows you to keep your IP address secret while browsing the Internet. You might not care about that if you are casually browsing the Internet but when you do not want your IP to be traced this program can be very useful.
The app automatically detects the browsers installed on your computer and enables you to launch them directly from the main window. While it is active every connection is routed through multiple proxy computers making it harder for a remote user to identify your real IP address.
You do not have to manually create the connection since the programs deals with this task and only displays the computers that are used for hiding your real address. You are only connected to the first computer from the list that is connected to next one and so on.
You can set SocksChain to run in the background and to route all the processes that require Internet access. This security measure can also be applied only for some applications such as the browser or the instant messaging client by selecting them from the main window of the program.
From our tests the program seems to be successful in hiding your IP address from online IP tracking services. However, the Internet communication slows down significantly and websites take more time to load, a side-effect to be expected for this sort of products.
As a plus, it is a small application that has no impact on the computer performance during Internet browsing. You can use it if you want to hide your real location and if this information is more important than the Internet connection speed.