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Public proxy definition

A public proxy is a type of proxy server that anyone on the internet can access and use. It can also be defined as an intermediary between a user and the internet, allowing the former to access the latter. People can find public proxies easily because all it takes is one internet search to find available public proxies.

A public proxy is the opposite of its counterpart – a private proxy, which only allows users within a certain network to use it. With a public proxy, users can store and forward things like DNS and web pages.

A public proxy is not as secure as a private one because the public proxy server can easily track users’ internet activity. Also, it makes it easier for third parties to track it.

See also: HTTP proxy, proxy surfing

Publix proxy privacy levels

Transparent. If a public proxy is transparent, it means that the server that the user is trying to reach (which can be any website that the user visits) knows the users’ IP addresses and is aware of the fact that they’re connecting via a proxy server.

Anonymous. In this case, the target destination (a website or a platform that a user wants to open) can’t see the user’s IP address, but it will know that the user is using a proxy server to access it.

Elite. If a proxy server has an Elite degree of privacy, it means that the target server of the website or platform that the user accesses won’t be able to see the user’s IP address. Also, it won’t know that the user connects to it via a proxy server.