1. Do proxies in any way hide or obscure ones activities from your ISP? I keep finding conflicting answers on this, so hoping someone here can give a definite one. 2. Will an 'HTTP proxy' really strip the SSL from all HTTPS connections, and allow one to access those URLs as an HTTP connection? How about a SOCKS4 proxy? 3. Is configuring use of a proxy a 'set-it-and-forget-it' sort of deal, or does it require occasional adjustment to maintain? Thanks for any info!