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Proxy servers provide additional security by hiding networks from each other. All communication between the networks goes through the proxy. In a dealership environment, the PC’s communicate with the proxy server, and the proxy server in turn communicates with the Internet. Data packets going to the Internet are “repackaged” with the IP address of the proxy server, so that intruders are not able to determine the true source of the packets.

A proxy server has many potential purposes, including:*

Proxy servers are not required to communicate with the OEMs over the Internet. However, they can be configured to provide additional services that may be desirable. These services may include: