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Old 12-06-2006, 05:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was trying to figure out what a SOCKS server does, did a google for it and the wiki reads

"SOCKS is an Internet protocol that allows client-server applications to transparently use the services of a network firewall. SOCKS is an abbreviation for "SOCKetS"

if SOCKS is transparent, then why have it in the first place, what is its use?
is the SOCKS a part of a firewall?
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Old 12-22-2006, 11:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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SOCKS is a type of proxy. You can use a proxy server for many reasons. Ussually companies impliment proxy servers to monitor traffic, log traffic and block traffic.
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Old 12-25-2006, 08:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks for the reply

does not a firewall perform the same functionality of a SOCKS server
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To some extent a firewall and a proxy server do the same tasks. Proxies also cache information which can help with bandwidth.
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