Proxy Server – It’s Advantages & Disadvantages

Before going into details of advantages and disadvantages of the proxy server let’s know what a proxy server is and what its features are.

Basically proxy server plays an intermediary between the client computer and the server computer. The clients usually take the help of proxy server for requesting any files, any web pages or any other resources. The proxy server acts as an identification shield between the server and the client machine.

The main and foremost feature of a proxy server is to act as a security protector device between the client computers and the server computers. To understand the fact clearly let’s give an example. Suppose “A” is the client computer, “B” is the server computer and “C” is the proxy server. Then when “A” requests or sends something to “B” directly, “B” can identify “A” as the sender of that request and can collect much information of “A”. But if “A” at first connect to “C” (i.e. a proxy server) and then request or sends something to “B” via “C”, then “B” can only able to collect information from “C”. In that way “A” can able to protect and hide its personal information to “B” by taking the help of “C”. Please check the following images to understand it more clearly:

Without Proxy Server:


With Proxy Server:


Note: To know more please check the wiki page.

Anyone who likes to protect their identity and security from being getting damaged or hacked by any third party while working on the internet will always love to use the proxy server. A proxy server is very easy to use. Currently, in the market there are thousands of free and paid proxy service providers are available. Now it’s up to you whether you will go for the free or the paid one.

But it is true that in free proxy server some features or advantages may be less in compare to the paid one. If you are from any business or professional background it is advisable to go and buy a premium proxy. In paid one the security level will be higher and will be more protective because they will be dedicated towards you. There are many premium and good quality proxy servers are available. So go for a search for the best one and take a look at their fees against with their features that match with your desired requirements. If you are just a casual net surfer then you can try some free proxy servers like FilterByPass, Unblock My Web, ProxySite, Hide My Ass and many more.

Advantages of Proxy Server:

There are lots of advantages in using a proxy server. Let’s give an eye on it.

  1. Proxy server helps the clients to protect their important information from getting hacked by hackers.
  2. A proxy server is also used in bypassing blocked websites. It happens many a time that in some offices or schools or in any organizations they blocked some of the websites for their own reasons. Also, many websites have some country restrictions. In those cases, if you want to access those websites, the proxy server will help you in doing that.
  3. The proxy server is also used to enhance the security and privacy level of the client’s device while doing surfing using different proxies.
  4. Proxy server many times used for speeding up the browsing and access data, because of their good cache system.
  5. As the cache system of the proxy server is very good, when you access any websites using a proxy server, it is having the chance to store your desired data in their cache system. And as a result, you can access them whenever you want.

Disadvantages of Proxy Server:

  1. As I discussed early, the cache system of the proxy server is very good and active, in many cases, it may happen that you passwords, or your browser websites or any secured data can easily be looked by the proxy service provider. So it is advisable to go for a dedicated or paid one.
  2. It happened many a time, although using the encrypted connections or network, your data or information can be leaked using the technique of TLS and SSL encrypted connections.
  3. Again as we have come to know above that, with the help of proxy server any blocked websites can be accessed. So it is found many times that any blocked and offensive websites which are not good for students are being accessed.

So if you go for a count the disadvantages are suppressed by the many advantages of using a proxy server. And it is always truth that both advantages and disadvantages can be found in any technology. So it’s up to you to bring good advantages out of it. So go and give it a try according to your requirement.

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Souvik BanerjeeWeb Developer & SEO Specialist with 10+ years of experience in Open Source Web Development, specialized in Joomla & WordPress development. He is also the moderator of this blog "RS Web Solutions".

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