What is a proxy?
A proxy server is essentially a hub that processes Internet requests. It works as an intermediary between your computer and the rest of the computers on the Internet, filtering traffic in order to hide the user’s real IP address and allow them to surf online with greater privacy.
With a proxy, IP geolocation tools, which typically find where a user is surfing from based on their IP address, won’t have a user’s actual IP address. Therefore, their location, and activity, becomes anonymous.
Using our free, high-speed proxy checker instantly provides your proxy details. Checking your proxy shows how anonymous you appear on the Internet; what the proxy check tool can see, anyone else on the Internet can see. You can also use a proxy speed test to determine how quickly your proxy works.
Types of proxy servers
In general, there are three different types of proxy – transparent proxies, anonymous proxies, and elite proxies.
- Transparent proxies do not hide your real IP address. They may seem useless at first glance, but they are helpful for passing by local firewalls that may block access or slow down your connection.
- Anonymous proxies hide your real IP address. This means the actual location is blocked when you use an anonymous proxy. This type of proxy is great for anonymity, but it sacrifices speed. Additionally, some sites may have firewalls that can detect those using anonymous proxies.
- Elite proxies have the advantages of anonymous proxies with an additional benefit. They help you conceal using a proxy, uninhibited by any firewalls. However, because they provide complete privacy, they require frequent reloads and are typically slower.
Does the proxy checker detect all proxies?
No, the proxy test cannot detect all proxies. Though it's one of the best free proxy checkers, proxy detection isn't always possible, as not all proxies pass along detectable information. Some proxies are very good at hiding this information, which is great for the user. However, just because we may not detect a proxy and give the result of "No Proxy Detected" doesn't mean someone else can't detect the same proxy.
What if a proxy is detected in the proxy check?
Users go through proxies for a variety of reasons. In some cases, a detectable proxy is not a problem; if you use a proxy for general protection and security, your real IP address will still be hidden even though your proxy use is apparent.
However, if you want complete and total anonymity, you may prefer using a virtual private network, or VPN. Proxies and VPNs both provide excellent privacy coverage, but while proxies tend to be faster, VPNs tend to be more private.
If you run the proxy check and find a detected proxy even though you aren’t using one, don’t be concerned; it’s likely how your Internet service provider controls traffic on their network.
Can proxies be detected online?
In some cases, other websites - aside from a proxy detector tool, like this one - can detect the presence of a proxy. This doesn't necessarily mean you aren't hidden, since your real IP address is not revealed. It just means that the website is aware that the IP address displayed is not your own. If you want to see your own real IP - or the IP displayed by the proxy - visit the What's My IP address homepage. You can also get your proxy IP address from your computer's settings.
Frequently asked questions about proxy checks
How do I know if my proxy is working?
Use a free proxy checker to test a proxy connection online to determine if your proxy is working. Once you analyze your connection, if any proxies are detected, they will be listed in the results. If not, your proxy is likely experiencing issues as it can't be detected.
What is my proxy's IP and port?
In order to check proxy servers' IP addresses and port numbers, you need to search on your system's settings.
To find your proxy's IP and port number on a Windows computer, follow these steps:
- Click Start.
- Click Control Panel.
- Double-click Internet Options.
- Click the Connections tab, then LAN Settings. Your proxy server IP address and port number will be displayed.
To find your proxy's IP and port number on a Mac computer, follow these steps:
- Select the Apple icon.
- Click System Preferences.
- Choose Network.
- Select the network adapter in use and choose Configure.
- Click the Proxies tab. Your proxy server IP address and port number will be displayed.
Using the steps above also will show you how to know your proxy type. The proxy type will be listed, along with any other relevant information about the proxy.