Overcoming Firewalls With a Proxy Server

Often, the computer that runs in a corporate setting or university will have limited access to the Internet, thanks to the blocking software installed. However, with a proxy server, you can navigate around this difficulty.

Quite often, the blocking or filtering software that will be used by the company will be the firewall. This usually consist of software (and sometimes hardware too), which purpose is to detect the sites that the computer accesses on the Net. This is done through tracing of the IP address of the user's PC. Aside from tracking though, others will have blocking capabilities built in.

This can make it very, very difficult if not impossible to go to these banned sites without getting caught or causing the system to crash altogether. A proxy server, however, can go around this easily.

There are a lot of these available on the Internet, but the real key to using them is an understanding of just what is going on. In simple terms, the server will cloak the user's computer so that every time a blocked or banned site is accessed, the IP address, which is always requested by the host site and is detected and instead, the IP address of the server is used.

This is how the user evades detection from the filtering software. In other words, the proxy server will act like a filter itself.

All the information, files, pictures, etc that the user views on the banned website will be transmitted through the server, and then rerouted to the user. Even though the process may be complicated, the bottom line is that any trace of the user, from the IP address to cookies, will be removed and deleted.

Without this information, there is no way that the blocking software will know that a banned site has been accessed. The only way is if the software you use has a log. If there is, you should clear it. But most do not use them.

To find a proxy server, one can do a simple search on the Internet. There will be multiple sites shown. As much as possible you will want to pick one that is near your country so that access and connections will be quicker.

Once you have gotten used to this, you may want to check out the various types of software that you can download. These help modification and use of the servers much easier. Even though they may seem a little difficult at first to use, the truth is that it will only take a little bit of getting used to.

There is no reason why you should put up with the hassle of trying to access a blocked site. With the proxy server, you can overcome that firewall and check out your favorite Web pages with ease.