Issues with using the at sign in http proxy password

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JaliJali Posts: 1,769 F-Secure Employee

This article applies to the following F-Secure products: Client Security, Business Suite Linux Security 11, PSB Email and Server Security, PSB Server Security, and Computer Protection.


This article explains why the use of the at sign (@) as part of a password for the http proxy access is problematic.


The URI scheme uses the at sign (@) to separate user information, i.e. username and password, from the hostname part. Therefore, it is not recommended that the at sign be used in http proxy passwords.


To solve the issue, apply URI encoding to the at sign in the password.

An example of a URI encoded password:

[email protected]

Additional information

For more information about the URI scheme, see page

For more information about the URI encoding, see page

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