Introduction to Proxy Servers
Modern technology has enabled everyone to be connected. The internet is one thing without which the modern world seems impossible. Need information? Just take out a phone, connect to the nearest WI-Fi Hotspot and that’s it! It is all a piece of cake. Maps, social information, messengers, all of which are a part of our everyday life, connect us to thousands of other users.
However, most internet domains use filters and restrains on certain regions, making the users unable to access the general content of the whole internet world. Targeted advertisements which are based on the person’s region, and limited search results which the search engine may seem more relevant to the person’s area can seriously restrict the number of options a person has.
A simple solution to the problem is a proxy server which is simply called a proxy. This is a client or platform, which acts as the middleman between the user and the internet. By being the intermediary, the proxy takes the data you have requested, and brings it to you via encrypted channels which make the end user, the receiver of the data, untraceable.
The user’s IP address is also changed to that of either the proxy server itself, or the user is allocated a new IP address altogether. In this way, the IP address, which ties you to a physical location, is changed and the ties are broken, allowing you free access to the entire internet’s domain.
There are different types of proxies which can help you stay anonymous on the internet and not bind you to a geographical location.
An Anonymous proxy lets you IP connect to the target website, however, it does not let the website get access or be influenced by the IP. It is fairly easy to use and merely connects you to the website via a network of other computers. It is amongst the most popular proxy servers used on the internet.
The Second type is the Distorting proxy, which like its name suggests, creates a disturbance. Now not to worry, this disturbance is not harmful! Disturbance means that it just does not block access to your IP, it creates a new IP address altogether. You aren’t connected to the website through various data pathways, your request is just sent to the proxy server, and the server then presents the request to the website, with a totally new IP address which it can generate.
High Anonymity Proxy
Finally, a third major type is the High Anonymity Proxy Server which is similar to the distorting proxy in the way that multiple data pathways are not involved. However, unlike the distorting proxy, this proxy does not generate a random new IP address. Instead, it just uses its own IP address as the one requesting access to the website, and this IP address is of course, different from your personal IP address.
Mike Parsons writes about internet security and traffic safety for www.defensivedrivingclass.net and has been a professional blogger for 2 years. He loves to spend time outdoors writing about his interests.
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