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6 Types of Proxy Servers

Proxy servers relay requests made by clients to another server. Proxies have a variety of uses and there are multiple types of proxy servers designed to suit those purposes. 


  1. 5G Service Communications Proxy

A 5G service communications proxy helps operators efficiently manage and secure 5G networks by providing resiliency, routing control and observability to the core network. This proxy can increase network efficiency by providing better load balancing. It also makes it easier to introduce and scale new services and features and assists in reducing network complexity and maintenance costs. Communication Service Providers can use this proxy to resolve interoperability issues, which helps them deliver better customer service. 

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  1. Reverse Proxy

A reverse proxy is a server placed in front of a web server. It accepts requests from users and forwards those requests to the web server. These proxies are used to increase performance, security and reliability. The reverse proxy differs from a forward proxy because it sits in front of one or more servers, instead of one or more clients. Where forward proxies ensure that servers do not communicate directly with clients, reverse proxies ensure that clients do not communicate directly with servers.


  1. Anonymous Proxy

An anonymous proxy is used to attempt to make a client's activity on the Internet untraceable. It is a computer that is placed between the client and the internet as a privacy shield. The client sends requests to the proxy and the proxy accesses the internet on behalf of the client. This protects the client by hiding the client's identifying information. Anonymous proxies are used to minimize the risk of identity theft when using the internet. They also allow some users to circumvent geographic restrictions, such as censorship imposed by governments, or geographic-based restrictions on access to content, such as live video. 


  1. Web Proxy Server

The two main purposes of web proxy servers are to improve performance and filter requests. There are multiple uses for web proxy servers. Parents can use them to monitor their children's internet activity and block sites they don't want them to have access to. Organizations also use them to block users from accessing sites they don't want to be accessed on their network or to keep track of which sites users are visiting and how long they are spending on them. Efficient web proxy servers can help organizations save bandwidth and improve loading speeds. They also provide protection from malware and other malicious sites.


  1. Transparent Proxy

A transparent proxy intercepts the connection between the client device and the internet without modifying requests and responses. These proxies are sometimes called forced proxies, because they can be applied to a user's connection, without the user changing their proxy settings. These proxies are set up by the operator of a network, instead of the user, and are often used to monitor users on a network. Transparent proxies are often used for content filtering, caching, traffic monitoring and authentication. 


  1. High Anonymity Proxy

A high anonymity proxy is an anonymous HTTP proxy that helps improve security and privacy. Unlike anonymous proxies, high anonymity proxies do not identify themselves as proxies. Instead, they present themselves as the client, while keeping the client's IP address hidden. They work by modifying client requests to remove the IP address and substitute a different one so that the web server can not identify who the client is. One of the main reasons to use a high anonymity proxy is that many web servers block proxies. Using a high anonymity proxy can circumvent the proxy check on these servers. Many users use them to circumvent geo-restricted or censored content on sites that block proxies. Organizations use them for brand protection. They are also employed by web crawlers and scrapers and in social media automation.


Most proxy servers function in similar ways and for similar purposes. However, some types of proxies are more advantageous for specific uses than others. These are just a few of the many different types of proxies.

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