Frequently Asked Questions: Proxy Servers

Proxy Server Definition

A proxy server is an intermediary server separating different networks or services.

What is a proxy server used for?

A proxy server is used for a variety of purposes, including functionality, security, and privacy.

With a proxy, you can control the internet usage of employees, save on bandwidth for faster connectivity, load balance between services, and access blocked resources.

Is a VPN a proxy?

Virtual Private Networks (VPN) are a particular implementation of a proxy server. While a standalone proxy handles network traffic, a VPN goes beyond that by additionally encrypting the transmitted data. Read more about Proxy Vs VPN in our sister post.

What is an example of a proxy server?

There are many types of proxies, for example, the TOR Network is a proxy that allows for a great deal of privacy and anonymity when browsing the internet.

What are the benefits of a proxy server?

Control and monitor internet usage of employees
Bandwidth savings and improved speeds
Added privacy benefits by obscuring your IP address and other personally-identifying information

Improved security by encrypting web requests
Gain access to blocked resources, circumventing restrictions imposed by companies or governments