The United States has seen fit to not allow certain videos, rental movies, and other media to be broadcast over the Internet outside of the United States. This even includes our service personal stationed outside of the U.S. To overcome the problem a number of people use a “proxy server” to get the information that they want to receive.
Also, some people require anonymity when surfing the Internet. A proxy server prevents your ISP from knowing where you go on the Internet. This is becoming more popular in those countries that restrict what you can do on the Internet, what you can see and read. A great number of computer users in China are using proxy servers to find out what is going on outside of their own country, as China blocks much of the Internet from their citizens.
In computer networks, a proxy server is a server (a computer system or an application) that acts as an intermediary or go between for requests from clients seeking resources from other servers. A client connects to the proxy server, requesting some service, such as a file, connection, web page, or other resource available from a different server. The proxy server evaluates the request as a way to simplify and control their complexity. Today, most proxies are web proxies, facilitating access to content on the Internet.
Basically, you log into a proxy server much as you would log into, say this site, and then you are redirected to the site that you want to visit. None of the information about where you go while signed into the proxy server is transmitted back to your ISP and the sites that you visit will think that you are located in the city where your proxy server is installed.
The use of a proxy server is not illegal in itself, as many corporations use proxy servers as a means of security or to prohibit access to their employees while at work.
A proxy server has a variety of potential purposes, including:
- To keep your machine behind the proxy server anonymous, mainly for security.
- To speed up access to resources (using caching). Web proxies are commonly used to cache web pages from a web server.
- To apply access policy to network services or content, e.g. to block undesired sites.
- To access sites prohibited or filtered by your ISP or institution.
- To log / audit usage, i.e. to provide company employee Internet usage reporting.
- To bypass security / parental controls.
- To circumvent Internet filtering to access content otherwise blocked by governments.
- To scan transmitted content for malware before delivery.
- To scan outbound content, e.g., for data loss prevention.
- To allow a web site to make web requests to externally hosted resources (e.g. images, music files, etc.) when cross-domain restrictions prohibit the web site from linking directly to the outside domains.
Here is a list of the Top Ten Proxy Servers in the United States:
Note: We have not done business with any of these services and the ratings are performed by a private third party reviewer based on data derived from actual users of the services. The ratings are subject to change but were accurate as of May 1, 2011.
As with all things, you should shop for a service based on your individual needs. If you need help in setting up a proxy server, I would highly recommend Doug Hurd as the Go-To-Guy. He can be contacted by email by CLICKING HERE, or through his website at http://DougsINC.com