WWWOFFLE – World Wide Web Offline Explorer is a free simple easy to configure Webproxy with good security and privacy features. WWWOFFLE is designed to work for Unix and Linux based systems and a partially functional port is available for Windows.
WWWOFFLE can be used for a network with multiple PCs or can be used just on your local PC to improve performance and offline availability of pages.
While WWWOFFLE covers the basic features of a webproxy, there are some special features of WWWOFFLE that is worth mentioning. Especially the Offline access feature specially for Dial-up connections, easy configuration options with a web-interface and the level of control on the caches, index of the caches and security.
Once installed, WWWOFFLE by default listens on the port 8080. There is a detailed list of compatible browser versions here. Worth having a look before implementing the proxy system. Also, the configuration can be fine tuned to the user requirement level.
Some of the highlighting features of WWWOFFLE are
Easy configuration and a built-in web interface for easy configuration and access to cached contents,certifcates for HTTPS etc.
Easy administration with autmated start/stop
Timeout configuration for DNS,Remote Server connections etc to avoid the server crashing
Download control including Pause & Stop for interrupted downloads
Purging old cache and control purging action by maximum cache size, time since last access or last caching
Auto Proxy configuration using Auto-config file
Conditional fetch of pages that have changed based on Expiration Date, Time since last fetch or Once per session
Non-Cached Support for SSL Connections
Caching support for HTTPS connections
Block access to pages and support redirect to alternate pages (like pages educating users on Internet usage policy or redirect to company homepage)
Control pages in cache and backup cache for offline use
Support Compressed pages and Chunked transfer-encoding request from webservers
Dial-on demand for contents not in cache and control websites that can be downloaded the next time system goes online
Offline access fine tune by controlling what can be accessed from cache
Automatic fetching of selected pages and objects from pages and monitoring select pages at regular intervals and recurrsive caching by following links
Information on cached pages and the index of the cached pages with multiple indexes for cached pages. Also can search the cached pages using various tools.
Automatic Authentication for external proxies, support pages with username/password for authentication
Censor incoming and outgoing HTTP headers as to what you reveal about your information like browser type etc. This enhances privacy on the internet
For more information, documentation, example scripts to start with and download, click here for WWWOFFLE homepage.
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