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A Brief Introduction to Proxy Servers

 

Since more people get to know how much personal information they share online, more questions about proxy servers appear. Let’s discuss what a proxy server is and how it works. 

A proxy server (often simply called a proxy) works as an intermediate between a computer and a targeted source like a website. It basically uses another IP address to get the needed information and deliver it without security breaches. Some providers offer upto 3,000IPs. For instance, when a user looks up a certain web page, the request goes to the proxy server first. In its turn, the proxy reaches for the data and sends information to the computer. Consequently, the website owners won’t see the real user’s IP. 

While some people don’t see any harm in sharing the IP address, it is a sort of personal information. One can trace it back to the user’s home address, name, etc. Hiding an IP address helps secure such data. What’s more, it brings numerous additional advantages, namely a possibility to watch ad download content from foreign sites that are otherwise restricted. A user also gets multithreading, increased anonymity, etc. 

Keep in mind that when using proxies, the browsing speed gets slower. It appears that way because it takes more time to pass the information using an additional link in this chain. However, some providers minimize that loss. On the other hand, it can speed up the browsing time, too. It’s possible because the server stores the information a user requested. The next time a user reaches for the same web page, the server will show the saved page while getting the other updates. 

When buying proxy services, it’s essential to pay attention to the level of anonymity a provider offers. There are three levels that deliver different experiences.

 

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