A proxy has different meanings in several contexts. For example, proxy voting is a form of voting whereby you may delegate your voting power to other members of the same decision-making body in your absence. The person you have designated to vote in your place is called a proxy.

In Alaska, proxy fishing is popular whereby Alaskan residents are allowed to harvest shellfish and fish on behalf of other Alaska residents who may be 70% or greater physically disabled, legally blind, or 65 years of age or older.

At Proxy Key, we are in the business of proxy servers. Proxy servers allow your internet activity to be represented by a server’s IP address. The servers increase the difficulty for hackers to acquire internal addresses as well as other sensitive details of a private network. In addition, proxy servers have several applications. For example, a reverse proxy is used for websites for load balancing, additional security, improving performance, and more.

How do Proxy Key’s Proxy Servers Work?

For starters, we utilize proxy server technologies that have been configured to give access to users, not websites. The user starts by making a request to the proxy server. Next, our servers send that request to the target server. Our servers then provide the required resources from a cache or a connection to the specified server.

Different Types of Proxy Servers

Here is a quick look at the common types of proxy servers:

  • Reverse proxies

A reverse proxy is used for websites for load balancing and additional security. It can hide the sensitive details of a server. These proxies are often having features which can be used as pre-emptive measures against web-based attacks.

  • Transparent proxies

This is a proxy server which makes IP addresses visible through HTTP readers. It normally helps clients get past IP bans without providing anonymity.

  • Distorting proxies

It is a proxy server that prevents your IP address from showing at HTTP headers. It displays an incorrect IP address instead.

  • Forward proxies

Forward proxies are configured to handle requests for a group of users under the local Administrators control to an arbitrary group of resources.

Why Use a Proxy Server?

There are a number of reasons why you should use a proxy server, including:

  • You can hide your IP address and enjoy anonymous surfing. When connected to the Internet via proxies, the proxy server IP address is shown in place of yours.
  • Allows you to connect to local area networks. Ideal way of keeping computers and digital devices in small businesses connected.
  • Increases Internet surfing speed. If the proxy server has a cached version of frequently visited websites, the waiting time for getting a response from the server is significantly shorter.

Allows you to bypass security filters and restrictions. Many companies have blocked sites such as Facebook, however, a proxy server can be used to bypass those restrictions and allow users to access websites which have been previously blocked with ease.