Why you need a proxy server?
Privacy protection is a hot topic on the Internet. Many internet users do not know how to protect their information, but knowledgeable web professionals can set up an HTTPS proxy server to do the job.
An HTTPS proxy server allows you to preserve your privacy while being able to browse the Internet without restriction. This one point is an important selling point. In addition, connecting to HTTPS through a proxy can bring even more benefits and can easily become an essential part of your development flow.
What is a proxy server ? Then we will see what you need to set one up and run it, before showing you how to configure your own proxy server. Let’s start !
What is a proxy server (and why you need it)
Simply put, a proxy server acts as an “intermediate” between your browser and the website you visit. It can become complex under the hood, but you don’t need to know too much about how it works to do your daily tasks. You should know that, as with any other website, the data transmitted by an proxy server can also be encrypted by HTTPS
The use of HTTPS by an proxy server has definite advantages, starting with the respect of privacy and the anonymous navigation capacity that it offers. However, a proactive HTTPS server can help you in many other areas, including security and advertising blocking functions, geolocation tests and even caching.
Rather than just considering it as a way to obscure your online identity, you can view your HTTPS proxy server as a valuable development tool.
With this in mind, let’s see what you will need to start.
The essential elements you will need to set up an HTTPS proxy server
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If, at first glance, setting up an HTTPS proxy server may seem costly, it can actually be quite cheap to set up one. The first item you will need is an adequate web hosting machine with the following characteristics:
- An Apache server with at least PHP 5 installed, as well as a cURL support
- Access to writing to public_html.
- The possibility of setting up a proxy.
(Fortunately, the Vala’s Business Hosting, VPS, and Dedicated Server hosting plans meet these requirements).
You will need a means of encryption of the data that goes through your proxy. As with a standard website, you will need to use an appropriate SSL certificate. There are many options and many suppliers, and you can find a plethora of different certificates at competitive prices.
Finally, you will need a suitable proxy script. They are most often coded in PHP, and a simple search on Google will allow you to discover a panoply of possibilities. However, be careful: free scripts are sometimes published by developers with ideas behind their heads, so you need to carefully consider your options. That said, Glype and Squid are both suitable free proxy servers, and the latter is also an excellent caching solution for proxy servers.