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    What are Proxy Servers?

    What are proxy servers and what do they do?

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    A proxy is a device that allows connection to the Internet. It sits between workstations on a network and the Internet itself, allowing for a secure connection, enabling only certain ports or protocols to remain open.
    Proxy servers can be used to log internet use and block access to prohibited sites.

    Related links you may find useful:
    http://whatis.techtarget.com/definit...212840,00.html
    http://www.uncp.edu/library/proxy/
    http://www.hipaadvisory.com/tech/ProxyServer.htm
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    Thanks a lot for the info neil

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    Proxies, such as the Squid proxy, can be used to cache content (on the server-side), too. Another creative use for proxies are all those ad-blocking programs, like Web Washer and IJB. They are a HTTP proxy and whenever your browser makes a request that it deems to be an advertisement, it returns a blank image.

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    Also, with running a proxy, I am pretty sure you have to leave your computer on 24/7 in order for the other computers accessing the 'Net from your network to work. I prefer routers, but they cost and proxies don't usually.

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    If you are looking to set up a proxy server to enable you to put a LAN behind the computer that is set up as the proxy so that several computers can share the one internet connection then I recommend Proxy+ I use it at my house where I have up four users accessing the internet through the one cable connection (don't tell my ISP ) - two of those simultaneous users being me. The proxy server is an old 486, 100MB HDD, 32MB RAM. I have had no problem connecting through it on Win, Linux and Mac. The only thing I haven't been able to get working to date is Gnutella (on Mac). I haven't tried on PC yet.

    http://www.proxyplus.cz/

    It is freeware for up to up to 3 users (ie allowing three simultaneous clients to connect to the proxy). As with most proxies, it acts as a firewall to your lan as well.

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    AnalogX makes a good proxy - if anyone is searching for one.

    http://www.analogx.com


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