Why use proxies?
This is a service that a lot of people just aren’t very familiar with. But when you look into why people are using proxies, you see some very distinct benefits.
Here are some of the reasons that so many people are signing up for subscriptions to use our proxy servers as a gateway between them and the World Wide Web.
Your Sentinel: Firewall Operations
In a very basic sense, a proxy is a firewall between yourself and the open web. Information coming in has to be vetted through this gateway. Without it, you’re just getting the free flow of information, without this type of perimeter security.
Most of us have heard of the Trojan horse, which was an early mechanism for hackers to bring malware into a private network. But the Trojan horse doesn’t really work if you have a gateway that’s designed to act as an effective firewall. That’s one of the prime reasons that proxies are so useful in modern networking.
Cloaking and Your Privacy
VPNs are popular in business, because of the second word in their name – virtual private network tunnels make sure that encrypted information doesn’t get into the hands of the wrong people.
It’s the same way with proxies. The privacy benefits are significant. Whether you’re using hotspots, or just paranoid about your own local system’s exposure, you can shield your activity through a proxy gateway and get peace of mind.
Bandwidth and Efficiency
This is one of the benefits of proxies that you don’t hear as much about.
How do proxy servers increase bandwidth and efficiency?
They do this with a process called caching that is rather like what web browsers do for end users.
The idea works like this – by keeping common requests in a cache, the system can deliver iterations to different demands, without recalling the source material every single time. That frees up bandwidth, and it increases the speed of responses, so that the system gets a kind of turbocharge in terms of its performance.
For example, if you are on a proxy requesting a specific landing page, let’s say for kitchen supplies, you might be one of 100 people who are coming online that day and requesting the exact same page. Instead of doing all the work every single time, the cache system can have a cached result that it sends to you in a portion of the time, with a portion of the energy conventionally needed to do a discrete delivery.
This is just the beginning of what proxies can do for web users. Look into your own network and infrastructure and how IP addresses are handled to understand more about how our services work.