Glossary

Proxy

A proxy is a type of internet service that acts as an intermediary when transmitting and receiving information between users and services. A proxy server can protect the user’s identity or make it appear as if they are accessing data from a different IP address.

Terms related to Proxy: Internet Proxy, Proxy Server, IP Address

A proxy, also known as a proxy server or internet proxy exists between a user’s device and the services or information they are interacting with. For example, a common use of a proxy is when accessing a website. The web browser can use a proxy, and that proxy then accesses the website, transmitting and receiving information accordingly.

A proxy can mask a user’s IP address, which hides certain information from the web browser. For example, a user could access a proxy that makes it appear as if they are visiting a website or service from a different country, or that they are browsing pseudo-anonymously. This can help to protect a user’s personal information.

Proxies will also help some users get around security restrictions, for example if a workplace has blocked access to social media websites, a user could possibly use a proxy server to circumvent that block. If you are a security professional, you may need to take action to prevent the use of proxy servers without authorization.

Proxy servers can also slow down the exchange of information, and they are often not completely anonymous, as proxy owners may keep weblogs of proxy server access and usage.

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