Proxy vs VPN – Differences and Advantages

VPNs and proxy servers are both technologies that allow you to keep your online activities private while browsing, sending emails, reading online messages, streaming video, or downloading files. However, each of these instruments operates in a unique manner. 

What Is a Proxy Server?

Proxy servers function as a bridge between the website you’re accessing and your device. Your traffic is routed through a middleman, which is a remote machine that connects you to the host server. The web proxy server masks your actual IP address, which makes the website you want to access only see the proxy’s IP address (the endpoints of other proxy users may sometimes be used for this). Proxy servers only operate at the application level, rerouting traffic from a particular app that you configure your proxy with, and they do not encrypt your data.

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Proxy servers are classified into three main types:

HTTP Proxies

HTTPS proxies are often used to enable access to websites, as well as geo-restricted information. If you configure your browser to use an HTTP proxy server, all browser traffic will be redirected through it.

SOCKS5 Proxies

SOCKS5proxies are typically used to gain access to video streaming services, file-sharing platforms, or

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