How does a HTTP proxy work?

The HTTP proxy runs between the sending Web server and the receiving Web client, processing the HTTP protocol line by line before sending any potentially harmful content to the internal Web client. It also acts as a buffer between your Web server and potentially harmful Web clients by enforcing HTTP RFC compliance and preventing potential buffer overflow attacks.

Depending on the configuration, the HTTP proxy can help you:

1. Improve security

You can set protocol anomaly detection rules to identify and reject suspicious packets to protect your Web server from external network attacks.

2. Keep your privacy

For various security reasons, some people choose to use proxies to mask their real IP addresses. Just like regular proxies, HTTP proxies can mask your IP address.

3. Break content limits

Companies can restrict what goes into their networks. The HTTP proxy can be set to restrict content based on the domain or pathname, filename, or extension that appears in the URL.

4. Bypass target site restrictions

This is particularly relevant to web scraping and web crawling. The HTTP proxy is used to generate HTTP request headers that contain information about the browser making the request.

If you want to test the HTTP proxy service, you can try Using RoxLabs, which will receive 500MB traffic once you sign up.