What are the proxy services created for?
The proxy server accepts and transmits requests from clients (which can be located both in the internal and external networks) to various network services and ensures their transfer to target servers. At the same time, the client may not even know that the interaction is carried out through a proxy server. By accepting requests from the client, the proxy server can either: immediately transfer them to the requested resource, or immediately return the requested resource to the client from its cache, or deny access to the requested resource.
The main features of a proxy server are:
- Gaining access to certain resources (including those blocked for some reason) – in many companies, employees access the Internet only through a proxy server. This is done so that the user does not visit resources that are not permitted by company policy. However, a proxy can also be used to bypass blocking. Direct access to a resource can be blocked, but not to a proxy. Thus, if you access a blocked resource through a proxy, you can access it. For example, if some content is blocked you can use the German proxyto watch it. However, depending on where the proxy is geographically located, the access speed may suffer.
- Anonymizing the IP address of a client computer – by accessing any resource through a proxy, you can hide your real IP address, so it will be much more difficult to “be figured out by IP” you.
- Blocking malicious traffic and certain resources on the network – we can use a proxy not only to bypass but also to carry out blocking.
- Network connection’s managing. Buy proxyand you will be able to keep track of all network connections that go through it. We can enable the logging of proxy events and send them to some LM solution for further analysis.
So, a proxy server can be used to solve the following tasks: increasing security, privacy protection, balancing the load on the visited resource.