New Delhi: Proxy servers are the gatekeepers that often stand between you and the internet. They are servers that sit between your machine and the web and, at first sight, might seem like a bad idea. But in fact proxy servers are useful for more than just blocking employee access to Facebook or Orkut. They also help to keep your machines anonymous and secure and in some places speed up internet usage, by caching some online content. (Think of it as a pool of popular web content that everyone wants to access. The proxy server keeps a copy of it so you don’t have to query the web for Gmail or Google homepages every single time. Saving time and bandwidth.)
But if you work in a large office, chances are you have the option of several proxy server addresses to connect to the web. Which is not so bad, but then proxy servers have a nasty habit of mysteriously refusing to work. And remembering the long list of proxies, and then changing them can take time. Play the latest edition of the PlayStream video to see how a simple Firefox browser add-on can make saving and switching proxies just a matter of point-and-click, a huge time-saver. Especially if need the web and you’re working on a deadline.