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Cybersecurity for Small Networks by Seth Enoka

Cybersecurity for Small Networks by Seth Enoka

Author:Seth Enoka [Enoka, Seth]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: COM043050 COMPUTERS / Security / Network Security, COM043040 COMPUTERS / Networking / Network Protocols, COM046070 COMPUTERS / Operating Systems / Linux
Publisher: No Starch Press


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Improving Browsing and Privacy with the Squid Proxy

A proxy server acts as an intermediary between you and the internet. When you request a web page, the proxy receives the request and then forwards it on to the web server (if necessary). A proxy allows you to protect your privacy by obfuscating the metadata that is usually available to the services we interact with daily on the internet. Proxies also allow the administrator to block access to certain content, like social media or online gambling.

This chapter will show you how to install, configure, and use the Squid proxy, a solution that runs on most operating systems. With Squid, you’ll be able to speed up access to websites, enhance your security, and allow or prevent access to specific domains or websites. Chapter 7 covers another proxy solution, Pi-Hole, which offers the same benefits as Squid, but additionally blocks ads and prevents other tracking and privacy issues as well. Choosing the best proxy for your needs will depend on which you find easier to use and which provides you the best user experience.



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