Different Types of Proxies Explained

Posted by Vectro 21 February 2010

Web Based Proxies

Web-based proxies are ones you connect to via your web browser. For example, let’s say there is a web proxy on www.example.com. You connect to www.example.com first. From there, you would use the web form to connect to the site you are trying to visit. www.example.com acts as an intermediary in this regard. There are often limitations. Most of them won’t play YouTube videos or other streaming media. Many of them have trouble logging into Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites.

HTTP Proxies

HTTP proxies are less restrictive and are accessed differently. Instead of having to visit a special page first, you would edit your web browser’s configuration with the proper connection information. This type does not work when trying to connect to a site which uses SSL (secure server).

SSL Proxies

These are also configured editing your browser’s settings. They allow connections to sites which use SSL, which is typical of sites that use payment forms. They are often used in conjunction with HTTP proxies.

SOCKS Proxies

SOCKS Proxies provide the fewest limitations and work with SSL and non-SSL web sites. They are also configured by editing browser settings. There are 2 versions. SOCKS4 and SOCKS5.

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