Proxies, What You Should Know
If you’re new to the world of anonymous browsing, then you might not have heard about proxies – or you may have heard of them and be unfamiliar with how they work. Proxies are great tools that allow for enhanced protection of your identity and they can improve your browsing experience.
If you don’t know what a proxy is, then this article will help you develop an understanding about these tools and how they can be useful for helping to improve your internet security and your browsing experience.
What Is a Proxy?
In its essence, a proxy is a tool that allows you to receive information from a website without sending the website any information. This means that you’ll be able to view a page without having the page obtain any record that you were there.
This is because the proxy works by misdirection, functioning sort of like a middle-man or a third party. It sends the information of the third-party to the site so that the site picks up on this information instead of yours.
How Do Proxies Work?
There is a basic process by which a proxy works.
- First, you connect to a proxy server.
- Next, you request the info, file, or website that you’re interested in.
- The proxy filters out your information according to the rules set by that proxy.
- This information is used to submit the request for services, information, files, etc.
- Once verified, the information is sent back through the proxy to you.
Doing this means that you’re able to access information on websites, download files, and view other media online without being tracked.
If you want to use a proxy, there are many simple ones that you can use online. Most of them allow you to input a URL into their proxy server and the resulting information will be sent back to you.
Whole proxies are certainly helpful for anonymous browsing, they tend to load pages very slowly. This is be frustrating if you’re browsing lots of pages or trying to stream videos online. For that type of usage, using a VPN is must. There are tons of great resources online for learning about VPNs but be aware that while most proxy services are free, reliable VPNs will charge you a fee.