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What is a Transparent Proxy

    Being directly related to the information technology, the term transparent proxy refers to the specific platform which lies between the content provider and the user for the interception of the request made by the user to the web server to perform different actions which includes caching, authentication as well as redirection too.
    Any request made by the user can be easily intercepted and therefore necessary modification as well as forwarding or handling to the specific destination done by the web proxy. The way of getting connected to the services which are used by employees or users can be easily modified the web proxies. The transparent proxy directly intercepts the packets towards the destination.
    For example, if you want to get connected to a Wi-Fi network which is present in the coffee-shop, opening the web browser first makes you connected to the proxy server. Being a new user of that network, you have to confirm certain terms as well as agreements which are displayed through a web page. Accepting those terms & conditions helps to route the traffic towards the destination by the proxy.
    Being a versatile technical solution, the transparent proxy servers serves us in many ways. Some of them are depicted in the following:

  • Stored data on a specific server can easily be copied by the proxy cache which has enough potential to server those cached content to the users. This finally reduces strains on the web services.
  • Filtering proxies efficiently prevent accessing of several websites which are marked as prohibited by the respective organisation as those either unrelated to their services or those sites have any disruption against their services.
  • Gateway proxy is responsible for the modification as well as blocking of several traffics on the basis of some rules. Public Wi-Fi usually implements gateway proxies which force the users to agree with certain terms & conditions before getting connected.

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