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Hi All, this document deals with Proxy vs Reverse proxy.
I know a lot of beginners won’t have an idea of what is the difference between a proxy and reverse proxy. I hope this simple piece of document will help you to clear out the confusion.

Proxy
Look into the below topology diagram.

Proxy is a server installed with any proxy software (ex: squid ) where all the client requests will route through the proxy server.
Whenever a client connects to a proxy server either by any application or network configuration, the website/any other application access requests by default goes to the proxy server. From there again the request will go to the destination website and the page opens up in the client browser.
The website knows only that the requests are coming from the Proxy server. The website won’t able to identify the client the IP address where the requests are coming.
The most common example the websites blocked in your country can be unlocked by connecting a proxy server.

Advantages of Proxy server.

1. Hide your IP
2. Access Geo-Blocked Content
3. Caching
4. Malicious Websites Can Be Filtered Out

Reverse Proxy

Reverse Proxy is somewhat different from the proxy server. The client requests an application where reverse proxy server routes the client’s requests to the respective server. The client won’t be able to identify which server its requests are going.

Advantages of Reverse Proxy server.
1. Load balancing/ failover
2. Caching

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