Proxy (Proxy Server)

Definition: An intermediary or service that takes requests from clients and forwards those requests to another server. A proxy can be used to filter content, anonymize requests, or control access to certain resources.

Key Features:

  • Anonymity: Can mask the user's IP address to enhance privacy.

  • Caching: Stores frequently requested content to reduce response time.

  • Security: Can serve as a protective layer against malicious websites or content.

Common Applications:

  • Web Filtering: Blocks or allows access to specific websites based on corporate policies.

  • Anonymous Browsing: Hides the user's identity for increased privacy.

  • Network Performance: Reduces bandwidth usage through content caching.