A proxy server is a computer that sits between the user and the internet. It’s purpose is to filter requests from clients, for example: web browsers or other programs, in order to improve security and speed up connections. This blog post will explain 12 common terms with regards to proxies so you can better understand how they work.
Common Proxy terms
- Dedicated IP: These are proxies that are rented from an ISP and not shared with anyone else. They offer more anonymity than shared proxies, which can be traced back to the original owner if they’re not careful.
- Shared IP: These are proxies that get split up among many different users so it’s difficult to track down any one person using them unless their usage is really heavy. This can lead to problems such as slower connection speeds or higher risk of being filtered out by certain websites (like Facebook). Depending on you needsr, this could be a good or bad thing.
- Non-logging Proxy: This is like dedicated IP but on the proxy server side of things – as opposed to the user’s end. This means that logs are not kept about what you do online with your data and web browsing history (your ISP might keep these). That might sound like a great idea, but there are still some risks involved. For example, if you use the same proxy server for different things (like logging into your bank account while browsing Reddit), it might be easier to connect those two activities together and track them down.
- No-logging Proxy: This is a service where IP addresses aren’t logged which provides even more anonymity than non-logging proxies because they can’t identify who the original requester was in any way at all. They’re also typically faster than other services due to less overhead with filtering requests from users. The downside? It’s much riskier as well – no one has control over what happens on that network connection once the user logs off! That means that, for example, if you access illegal content on another website, the proxy service provider might be in trouble.
- Rotating Proxy: This is a service that acts as an anonymizing intermediary and rotates your requests through its servers so it’s difficult to know who made the request. This can be used for good purposes, like accessing web content or bypassing country-specific censorship, but also has implications in illegal activities – such as distributing copyrighted material online.
- Public Proxy: These are proxies with open access to anyone online. They’re often run by proxy services (like Tor) because they have no way of tracking down individual users on their own since there’s nothing logged about IP addresses from the user side of things. The downside? It might not always work at all depending on where you’re trying to go due to restrictions set by other sites which prevent public connections altogether (such as Google).
- Socks: These are not the socks you wear on your feet. It’s a term for proxy server operating as an intermediary between client and server using TCP/IP connections. They’re often used to bypass firewalls or other types of filter which might otherwise block access to certain sites online.
- Bandwidth: Bandwidth is, basically, how much information can be transferred across a specific time period – in our case that would mean how quickly it loads up web pages with data coming from servers all over the world. Throttling refers to slowing down this bandwidth so that speeds aren’t too fast (which could lead to getting kicked out by some websites) but also not too slow either (so users don’t get impatient)
- HTTP Proxy: HTTP Proxy: This type of proxy is used to get around firewalls and other types of filters by getting a request from the client, sending it on through its own servers, then forwarding back any responses. The downside? It’s not as fast because there are multiple steps involved in processing data than with regular proxies which means more overhead.
- HTTPSs Proxy: These proxies provide even more security than regular ones by using encryption both between themselves and servers as well as end-to-end encryption. That means they secure data from everyone involved – not just the proxy service provider, but also between you and any websites or services you access through that connection as well! The downside? It requires more technical know-how to use because it’s all about configuring your browser settings for these kinds of connections rather than installing a special piece of software on your computer.”
I hope this article helped clear up some misconceptions about proxies and made them a little less scary to deal with!