Proxy – what is it used for?

You might have been unaware of it, but in the moment you reach out to the web, you actually using proxy, in other words your online connection gives your computer “address” to the site/person you’re connecting with.

How that’s happens? Basically this is because the person on the other end, mainly this computer will know where to send information back (Web page, email, etc.). This address is manually called IP-address. Term IP is stands for the Internet Protocol, and without it you won’t be able to do any of the Internet or any other online activity, that’s actually how you connected to the world.

IPs are coming from some source, and you may thank your internet provider Service Provider (AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, etc.). Every smart device connected to the internet can use that address, when you doing browsing or search or whatever activity you doing online. View more on

But there are few realities about public IP addresses that does bother some people:

  •  Your IP address identifies where you are in the world, sometimes to the street level.
  • It can be used by websites to block you from accessing their content.
  •   It ultimately ties your name and home address to your IP address, because someone is paying for an Internet connection at a specific location.

There is some of the ways you can use that realities around, and one of them is using proxy server, or proxy in short. To make things easier proxy means substitute. In the other words, it lets you do other online addresses, still using yours in fact. So your provider isn’t changed, but your so called “location” is.

To find one suitable proxy for you just go ahead and type “free proxies” or “list of proxies” and you will get several websites that provide lists of free proxies. Yes, that is that easy to find proxy server in the web. However, it isn’t so simple to figure out how to use one without some guidance.

And now let us talk about how proxy is operated.

Manually that a computer on the web, redirecting your browser activity.

  • Normally, when you type in a website name ( or any other), your Internet Service Provider (ISP) makes the request for you and connects you with the destination—and reveals your real IP address, as mentioned before.
  • When you use a proxy your online requests get rerouted.
  • While using a proxy, for example, your Internet request goes from your computer to your ISP as usual, but then gets sent to the proxy server, and then to the website/destination. Along the way, the proxy uses the IP address you chose in your setup, masking your real IP address.

And now to some serious stuff – why and under what reason you might wanna use proxy:

  • A school or local library blocks access to certain websites and a student wants to get around that (this can be usefull for you
  • You want to look at something online that interests you…but you would prefer it couldn’t be traced back to your IP address and your location.
  • You’re traveling abroad and the technology set up in the country you’re in prevents you from connecting to a website back home.
  • You want to post comments on websites but you do not want your IP address to be identified or your identity tracked down.
  • Your employer blocks access to social media or other sites and you’d like to bypass those restrictions.

Even though all proxies help you access websites you might not otherwise get to, not all proxies behave the same way. A proxy can fall into one of four categories:

  • Transparent proxy. It tells websites that it is a proxy server and it will pass along your IP address anyway.
  • Anonymous proxy. It will identify itself as a proxy, but it won’t pass your IP address to the website.
  •  Distorting proxy. It passes along an incorrect IP address for you, while identifying itself as a proxy.
  • High Anonymity proxy. The proxy and your IP address stay a secret. The website just sees a random IP address connecting to it…that isn’t yours.