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:
For more information about the URI scheme, see page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URI_scheme.
For more information about the URI encoding, see page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percent-encoding.
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