The glossary below contains many of the terms you will find in common use throughout the Symantec Security Response website. Please refer to this list to find definitions of terms and answers to other Internet security-related questions.

proxy server

A server that acts on behalf of one or more other servers, usually for screening, firewall, or caching purposes, or a combination of these purposes. Also called a gateway. Typically, a proxy server is used within a company or enterprise to gather all Internet requests, forward them out to Internet servers, and then receive the responses and in turn forward them to the original requester within the company.