A proxy server is a remote or local server that you can use to act as a "middleman" for your Internet traffic. When utilising a proxy server, you can block out certain websites, shield your IP address for anonymous browsing and exercise control over the Internet connection for others using the server. You can build your own proxy server by installing one of several software applications onto a PC.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Download CC Proxy (see Resources). This application, available from Youngzsoft, allows you to set up a proxy server on your LAN for Internet sharing, site blocking and anonymous browsing. You can set up different limitations and services for different user accounts.
Install Wingate Proxy Server (see Resources). Wingate provides you with the ability to control Internet access on your local area network, meaning you can decide to filter out certain websites, block certain services (such as Web or e-mail) for certain users and protect your network from spam and viruses.
Use Freeproxy Internet Suite (see Resources). If you're looking to set up a proxy server, this software package allows you to do so. Freeproxy is also quite stable -- you won't need to reboot the program very often, which means more uptime for the proxy server on your LAN. You can set up services such as URL filtering, Web caching (saving pages for faster loading) and more.
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