Internet Proxy

Learn how an organization uses an internet proxy to block certain websites from being accessed by employees.

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A network proxy is an appliance that can be installed in-line between the internet and the internal network. All internet-bound requests, like visits to web pages, flow through the proxy to evaluate and categorize the request. Some examples of these categories include:

  • Controlled substances

  • Gambling

  • Commerce

  • Phishing

  • Software downloads

How it works

The organization sets the internet policy, which might block certain categories of websites. However, it’s an imperfect system, and legitimate sites will occasionally be blocked. When this happens, users should have a process to request that the site be unblocked. This process should also include a security review to determine whether or not the site is safe to be accessed.

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