20 replies on Simple Questions: What is a proxy server and what does it mean?

  1. vignesh says:

    Excellent explanation.

  2. Drew says:

    Great list of reasons to use a proxy server. It sounds like it can be really useful for your business. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. vaibhav says:

    Explained in layman term, I found it very easy to understand and relate to practical usage in the corporate.

  4. Sree says:

    Nice..Well explained!

  5. Chandra Sekhar says:

    Good. Helpful.

  6. Phani says:

    Good information..
    Please post more information like this.

  7. gloriawalton says:

    In simple word, we can say that. A proxy server is a dedicated computer or a software system running on a computer that acts as an intermediary between an endpoint device, such as a computer, and another server from which a user or client is requesting a service. I am using Microleaves Dedicated Proxies. And it is working fine for me.

  8. Ahmed says:

    Are Proxy servers used by all the organizations.
    If yes are they still used or its been replaced by any other technology.

  9. Jane says:

    I would like to compliment the author of this article. It was well written, easy to understand, and extremely precise. I hope to read more in future articles surrounding various subjects.

  10. Bill Brown says:

    Thanks for the article. I have never used a proxy server partly because I just did not understand their purpose. Now I have a much better idea. I work for a small company about 100 computers, many of the computers legitimately go to the same business related sites, but they require user logins. I imagine the proxy server would have a way to pass this login information along. Is that correct? My other question has to do with lag. Does going through the proxy server slow things down? I can imagine if it takes 12 seconds to fully load a page now, it might take 24 to fully load it once the proxy server is in place. Is that correct? Thanks, B. mrbbrown at hotmail

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      The proxy will pass the login information to the websites people are visiting.
      The proxy may or may not slow things down. It depends on many things: how it is configured, how far it is from the clients, the speed of its internet connection, etc. A good proxy can speed things up.

  11. M.Reza says:

    Whenever I turn my laptop on and want to connect the internet , I must go to the LAN setting and uncheck the check for the proxy server. How can I uncheck it permenantly?

  12. Dave says:

    Would a proxy be useful in eliminating the ability of former co-workers of mine to spy on my home computer? (seriously, they know literally everything I do online and even offline activities, such as TextEdit documents that I type and photos that I upload to my computer). How would I go about configuring such a proxy on my Mac desktop? Thx for the info in your article!

  13. Emilia Jazz says:

    What proxy servers do is before that request can even reach your competitors, the proxy servers accept the request first, changes your IP address and then sends it to your competitors. When they approve the information is then easily viewed by you.

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