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Thursday, September 2, 2010

How Does A Proxy Works?

A proxy operates in the same manner of accessing the Internet as when a web browser is used. It basically allows the user to enter the web address and be linked to the specific page access in the browser window. Here, the window maintains a code that is part of the proxy site address. It does not reflect the actual website that the user is accessing. Also, the information accessed and stored in the temporary Internet files will be related to the proxy site and not to the restricted site.
A proxy site allows anonymous web surfing and this gives the advantage of not being tracked about your online activities that can expose the information that you pass on to other sites. With anonymous surfing made possible by proxies, no one would know who you are, your location and what particular sites you are visiting.

A proxy or a proxy server is a machine that mediates between your computer and all Internet sites that you want to access. Every page that you want to access goes to the server prior to the web server that contains the pages you want to visit. This means that a client starts a connection to the proxy server, then, it will request a connection or a file or any resource that resides on another server. Then, the proxy server provides the needed resource by connecting to the server that needs to be accessed or by going through the cache. One common proxy server for the Unix/Linux environment is the Squid proxy.
With an anonymous proxy server, you are using software that shields your IP address from page requests and replaces it with its own address. The web page is relayed to the proxy server and forwards it to you without scripts that can put your identity at risk.