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    Hi everyone,
    I’m about to ask an incredibly newbish question, so apologies in advance. I felt General Networking was the best place to ask this question, but feel free to move this topic if there’s a more appropriate sub-forum available.

    My apologies for the lengthy explanation, but the setup for the question requires some back story. I’ll try to be as brief as possible:
    I work for a large organization with many remote offices. Our Internet connection remains saturated 24/7. I recently downloaded the Squid proxy software and installed it on an under-utilized server at a remote site that has an incredibly fat (or is that phat?) pipe. I’ve set up my machine and a couple of other test machines to utilize this proxy, and it works FANTASTICALLY. In fact, it seems to work TOO well. My download speed went from 0.24Mbps to 13.53Mbps.

    Should I be doing something to secure this proxy? I’m using Squid straight out of the box (which, if I understand correctly, simply uses ACL’s to direct local subnets to the proxy host’s default gateway, which is exactly what I want to do). The proxy host is behind our firewall, so I assume everything is getting filtered accordingly. I’m not a networking guy, so I don’t really have an in-depth understanding of such things.

    I want to make sure I’m not doing something completely stupid and opening our network to intrusion. But that’s such a vague question, I don’t really know what to ask to make sure I’m not doing anything wrong.

    Help? (If applicable?)

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