What is a proxy?

It's a server that makes requests on your behalf.

Forward proxy use cases

Reverse proxy use cases


What are the differences between a proxy and a reverse proxy?

A forward proxy operates on behalf of clients, regulating traffic, masking client IP addresses, and enforcing security policies.
Client A/B/C ---> Forward Proxy ---> Internet

In contrast, a reverse proxy operates on behalf of servers, managing client requests, and providing load balancing and security features.
Internet ---> Reverse Proxy ---> Server A/B/C

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