Proxy servers have a number of purposes, mainly for getting around restrictions, content filtering and in most cases also use the proxy servers for anonymity. Sometimes individuals want to search and surf the web privately and securely, and by requesting data through a proxy server, you can hide your personal IP address from the rest of the world.
Instead of showing your IP address wherever you go, the IP of the proxy server will be shown instead. Proxies are easy to find through a simple Google search and can be found both for free and for a price.There are different types of proxy servers available and it’s essential to know about each one individually,
Types of Proxy Server
Here are some of the different kinds of proxy servers that you will find,
HTTP Proxy Servers
It is designed to interpret all the traffic coming in at the HTTP level. This means it can only deal with traffic which starts with HTTP:// or HTTPS://. So basically it deals web pages in general and is thus good for surfing the web. It is much faster than Socks proxies or VPN servers.
SOCKS Proxy Servers
These servers have no such job of interpreting network traffic or anything as such. This makes them more flexible in their usage. However, since they deal with more than just traffic, it is much slower. The best part about this proxy is that it can support any kind of traffic like POP3, SMTP and IRC.
SSL Proxy Servers
SSL Proxy is stood for Secure Sockets Layer. It is used to protect the data. It is used on the Internet when the user executes a transaction. An SSL proxy helps to protect the data transmission. This proxy server is connected to the sender and receiver. Also, it contributes to preventing from the hacker.
Web Proxy Servers
These are proxy services which you can easily find on the internet. The most notorious ones are “Nord VPN” and “Cyber Ghost” which are extremely popular. These connect to a public based HTTP server and thus allow you to surf the internet in an anonymous manner. Not only that, they are extremely easy to use.
Transparent Proxy Servers
These servers perform basic function of a proxy server, but the major difference is it doesn’t enforce local policies. It means that proxy doesn’t add, delete or alter the information. These proxies help the users to work with the basic IP plans and you need not have to configure your system in anyways. Moreover, cache is completely visible to the user.
Reverse Proxy Servers
This is slight common variation of the regular proxy server and it is used for passing requests from internet through firewalls to the private networks. These proxies were used to prevent the internet users from having direct access to sensitive data. In case, if cache is enabled then the reverse proxy will reduce the network traffic by passing requests to the actual content servers.
Private Proxy Servers
A private proxy server has similar benefits and limitations to that of regular proxy servers, but do vary significantly. As you are the only one using the server, you are preventing yourself from being subject to the consequences of someone else’s actions, and private proxies tend to be faster as they are not subject to user congestion. However, private proxies tend to more expensive than your standard public proxy and they are difficult to find for free.
Backconnect Proxy Servers
Backconnect proxies are similar to standard proxies in the sense that they act as a mediator between you and another connection on the internet. However, they vary significantly. A backconnect proxy is actually a pool of many different proxies, and the number of proxies can vary from 10 to a 1000, depending on who owns the network.
The number of proxies can even grow depending if the owner wants to add more. The point of using multiple machines allows you to make different connections to various places on the internet all with different outputs/IPs.
Every new connection you make will appear as if it’s coming from a new machine. The overall benefit of this is that backconnect proxies allow you to make a large number of connections, per minute, without the penalty of rate limits. Rate limits are given by big sites like Google and Amazon if they notice that one IP address is making too many connections.
The main downside to backconnect proxy servers is that they tend to be more expensive than both private servers and SOCKS/HTTPs, and they can also become slow depending on what machine you are connecting too.
Proxy servers have the primary advantage of hiding your IP address from websites and malicious parties who are after your personal information.
There are many different styles and variations for proxies, such as private proxies and backconnect proxies, which all have their own benefits. Private proxies have the benefit of being faster and safer,whereas backconnect proxies have the advantage of being able to make multiple connections around the web without being penalised through rate limits.
Hopefully this article has given you some insight to world of proxy servers and that you now understand them a whole lot better.