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A proxy server is an interesting piece of the puzzle. Basically it sits between a computer and other computers, whether on a local network or the Internet. Requests for data–web pages, data files, and all that–flow through the proxy server between the two end points. This simple setup allows you to do many things that might not be available otherwise.

You can place a proxy server between your network and the Internet. Requests for web pages then flow through the proxy on their way to the Web. By using filtering capabilities, you can control which sites can be accessed through the proxy, You can also limit connectivity to specific times of day.

One of the big things that proxy servers allow you to do is to cache locally web pages which are accessed repeatedly throughout the day. Rather than each request for a page just being sent out across the Internet, a check is performed to see if that page has been retrieved recently, and if so then to serve that cached page instead of going out and retrieving the original. This can be a real time saver during busy times of the day.

FreeProxy works with broadband and even dialup connections, and can use "demand dialing", meaning it will make a connection only when somebody is actually trying to connect to the Internet. It can be run as a Windows service, meaning that it's running without taking-up any screen real estate.

FreeProxy runs on any Windows system from Win98 on up.

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