Free Proxy List, Web Proxy, Online Proxy Tools
The purpose of this site is to provide free proxy services as well as the information about using proxies for various purposes.
What is a Proxy Server?
A proxy server is an intermediate server that handles the exchange of data between the client and the target server. When a client is using a proxy, all of his requests are sent to a proxy server instead who then evaluates that request, downloads the requested resources on your behalf, and sends it back to you. The main benefit of using a proxy is the fact that it separates the client from the destination server therefore avoiding a direct communications between them. Due to a proxy server being in this middle position, it can be configured to perform a variety of functions based on the requests it receives.
What are the uses of Proxy Servers?
Proxy servers are commonly used within networks of large organizations and institutions in order to improve network performance and to conserve bandwidth usage by caching which prevents duplicate requests to the same Internet resource. When a webpage is requested through a proxy server, it is then stored in cache for future access, so if some other user requests that same resource again, its contents will be served directly from proxy's local cache thus avoiding many unecessary downloads.
This website focuses on another popular use of proxies and that is anonymous browsing. A special type of proxy servers that are specially configured to disguise user's real identity are known as Anonymous and Elite Proxies and they are very useful in cases of content censorship and geographic service restrictions as explained below.
Using Proxy to Unblock Websites - if your internet service provider is blocking some website, then using a proxy will "unblock it". It will work because you won't be making a direct connection to the website but instead instructing some proxy server to fetch the website for you and forward it back you. As far as your internet provider is conserned, you have never even visited that site - only the connection between you and the proxy server is visible.
Using Proxy to Bypass Country Restrictions - some websites are restricting their services to a particular list of countries. One good example is YouTube that blocks certain videos to visitors outside the United States. This restriction can be bypassed by using a proxy located in one of the countries that are allowed to use it. In the case of YouTube, a person living in the United Kingdom can use a proxy located in the United States in order to appear as if you are from United States thus bypassing such restriction.