How Proxies Work
"Proxy servers were originally developed to cache frequently accessed web pages for computersbehind a common Internet connection. In the early days of the Internet, wide area links were veryslow, the Web was relatively small, and web pages were static. The entire Web consisted of only afew thousand websites shared by scientists and academicians. Whenever an important newselement hit a website, many scientists in the same organization would visit that page (how manytimes have you forwarded a link inside your company?). By caching that page on a local server,proxies could eliminate redundant Internet access to retrieve the same page over and over."
(Submitted by Noel Tue May 18, 2004 )
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