A proxy is a valuable tool to unblock websites for you. It also has many other benefits, including blocking malware sites, speeding up web browsing, and improving online privacy.
Since most of us often mix proxy and VPN, today we learn what a proxy is, how a proxy works, and what types of proxy servers are commonly used.
What is a proxy?
A proxy connects you to a remote computer on the Internet that acts as a gateway between you and the Internet.
The website is prevented from finding out who made the request. The proxy server you connect to accomplishes this by masking your IP address with another one.
How does a proxy work?
Each device that connects to the Internet should have an IP address to send requests over the Internet. The website where your request arrives will know who you are by your IP address.
When connecting to a proxy server, your request will be sent to the server first. Then, the proxy server sends your request to the site on your behalf. Thus, the site can only see that the request came from the proxy server, not from your device. When the proxy server retrieves the requested information, it sends it back to you.
Common types of proxy servers
Anonymous Proxy: It hides your IP address from your desired websites. You can visit websites that are blocked by connecting to an anonymous proxy server to bypass the restrictions.
Reverse Proxy: It collects requests from clients on behalf of the servers on a private network and forwards requests to them.
Transparent Proxy: It is often used by schools and businesses to filter content, but it does not mask your IP address.
Unfortunately, unlike a virtual private network, a proxy does not encrypt your traffic, leaving you vulnerable to data breaches.