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Traditional Virtual Directory and Proxy Technology, Evolved
Buy me a coffee. Become a Patron. It assumes that you are a professional PC user and by no means a professional system administrator. Also, you will be able to create as many proxy logins and passwords for your friends and family as you want. I basically assume that your knowledge and background is more or less similar to mine, when I just started learning about Linux. Why make your own proxy-server? There has been a lot of controversy recently regarding the government censorship of the Internet, especially in the CIS region. Usually solutions under 1 are handy hacks, that either require some fiddling all the time you cannot just set them up and forget or are not cross-platform. If you can easily set-up option 3, then usually you can just forget about it.
Virtual Private Servers (VPS)
In the days of firewalls, VPN services and the Tor application, practical methods of masking the IP address and speeding up the Internet, a proxy server is becoming indispensable for actively surfing the Internet. Many users use a proxy without really thinking about what it is, how it works and what functions it can perform. Below we will analyze what a proxy server is, where to get it and how to start using it. We will also focus on such points as the specifics of choosing a server and the differences between anonymous and regular types.
On the face of it, it appears that both proxies and VPNs provide the same services. In reality they are quite different tools with very different purposes. A proxy server acts as an intermediary between your computer and any computer you are connecting to. This is done in much the same way as your computer uses its router as a gateway to connect to the internet on your local network. Thus a proxy can be used as a method to hide your public IP address from a server that you are connecting to.