Basics of a proxy server and means to secure it

A proxy server is a server that acts as a gateway between a client computer and a larger network like the internet.  This can be better understood through an illustration of daily life usage of proxy server. We are familiar with configuring proxy settings in the ‘Network Settings’ tab of our web browsers. We use a proxy in this case. A proxy server receives a web page request from the local internal user. The proxy server then acts as a client on behalf of the user, uses its own IP address to request the page from the server out on the internet. When the page is returned by the internet server, the proxy server relates it to the original request and forwards it on to the local internal user. Continue reading “Basics of a proxy server and means to secure it”