Overview of Client Proxy

McAfee® Client Proxy is client software installed on the endpoints in your organization running Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, or macOS.

Location awareness

Web gateways and other appliances do not protect endpoints after they leave your organization's network. For example, when users in your organization take laptops on business trips or work from home, they leave the network's secure zone. Using location-awareness settings that you configure, the Client Proxy software determines whether the endpoint is located inside or outside the network or is connected to the network by VPN.

The Web Protection hybrid solution

Client Proxy is an essential component of the McAfee® Web Protection hybrid solution. This solution allows you to use the network-based and the cloud-based security solutions provided by McAfee® Web Gateway and McAfee® Web Gateway Cloud Service (McAfee® WGCS), respectively.

In the hybrid solution, the Client Proxy software allows web traffic sent from endpoints inside the network or connected by VPN to continue to a Web Gateway appliance installed on the network, where it is filtered. The software redirects web traffic sent from endpoints outside the network to McAfee WGCS for filtering.