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A proxy server is a server that sits between a client application, such as a Web browser, and a real server. It intercepts all requests to the real server to see if it can fulfill the requests itself. If not, it forwards the request to the real server.

Proxy servers have two main purposes:

  • Improve Performance: Proxy servers can dramatically improve performance for groups of users. This is because it saves the results of all requests for a certain amount of time. Consider the case where both user X and user Y access the World Wide Web through a proxy server. First user X requests a certain Web page, which we'll call Page 1. Sometime later, user Y requests the same page. Instead of forwarding the request to the Web server where Page 1 resides, which can be a time-consuming operation, the proxy server simply returns the Page 1 that it already fetched for user X. Since the proxy server is often on the same network as the user, this is a much faster operation. Real proxy servers support hundreds or thousands of users. The major online services such as Compuserve and America Online, for example, employ an array of proxy servers.
  • Filter Requests: Proxy servers can also be used to filter requests. For example, a company might use a proxy server to prevent its employees from accessing a specific set of Web sites.

Due to legal concerns we do not directly host or display proxy servers; we however do link to several sites which host numerous lists of open public proxy servers.


Proxy Sites
Xroxy - Site offers free access to the frequently updated database of HTTP proxies via flexible user interface allowing selection of proxy properties like its type, port number, connection latency, etc.
 
Anonymity Checker - Fresh anonymous proxies that hide your IP address and thereby prevent your from unauthorized access to your computer through the Internet
 
Stay Invisible - StayInvisible.com - Daily updated proxy related information and tools.
 
Proxy 4 Free - List of thousands free anonymous proxy servers. Updated daily.
 
Public Proxy Servers - A list of thousands public proxy hosts with online check capability.
 
Digital Cyber Soft - Free anonymous proxy lists, socks lists. Security, privacy and more. Proxy Forum
 
0 Privacy - 0Privacy.com :: security and privacy website, the best proxy lists, anonymous surfing tools, free proxy checkers, privacy and security news, free and commercial software for your Internet privacy and security
 
FreeProxy Checker - Online proxy checker: online check HTTP and SOCKS proxy lists. Free SOCKS proxies, free HTTP proxies lists.
 
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