In today's world we encounter various concerns in the virtual world. Some are related to our privacy on the Internet, while others are related to censorship. Every day we face a new challenge. In the midst of all this chaos, if we can find any peace of mind, government spies and ubiquitous surveillance will sooner or later get us. To get rid of such things, many users use VPN or Proxy services, but the problem is that people really don't understand the difference between these services. To understand the difference between them, we will make a simple comparison to help you decide whether you should opt for VPN or Proxy.

What is a Proxy?

As the name suggests, a proxy is a server that acts as a bridge between you and the internet. All network traffic is routed through the proxy server and is identified as coming from the proxy's IP address - not ours. In fact, a bridge created by a proxy server handles all requests and redirects traffic accordingly. Since the IP address has been hidden, censorship restrictions have no effect. However, proxy servers do not use any kind of data encryption to protect the network traffic that passes through them.

What is a VPN?

A VPN is a much more powerful tool than a proxy. A VPN not only makes it easier for you to deal with censorship, it also ensures security and anonymity. VPN creates a secure tunnel using different protocols (PPTP, L2TP, IKEv2, SSTP, SoftEther, etc.) between your computer and your chosen Internet destination. Additionally, it uses advanced encryption methods to secure all traffic passing through the servers.

VPN - Offers very high level of encryption up to 256 bits. It is impossible for anyone to break your online security.
Proxy - Offers a very low level of security. A proxy server does not encrypt any traffic passing through its servers, which makes it easy to intercept and monitor the connection.

Why use VPN?

VPNs have multiple servers that you can connect to, which is perfect if you want to bypass any geolocation problems. You don't have to reset your browser every time you try to connect to restricted content. The VPN will easily find a server that allows you to execute your request easily and safely.

A good VPN allows you to search the Internet safely using any private or public connection. VPNs also offer additional security and encryption measures to protect information when browsing through public access points. Even if a hacker tries to access your information, encryption will ensure that the data is useless.

Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) reduce bandwidth when using torrent applications or data from "heavy" sites, such as streaming.  This is because piracy has become a huge problem over the last decade. However, it also has the effect of reducing the impact on bandwidth, even if you download a legitimate torrent via a legitimate site. However, because VPN encrypts your data, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) cannot check your connection and cannot detect which torrent service you are using, so there are no grounds to reduce bandwidth.

Although a proxy is cheap - often free - easy to set up and can be very tempting, it is not as secure as a VPN and offers only basic functionality that can cause more problems than it solves. While the proxy server hides your IP address, it does not create true anonymity. It is hidden only in terms of the websites you visit, and proxy servers usually keep records. Fortunately, there are many VPNs available that do not record search data or personal information.

Why use a proxy server?

Proxy gives you basic protection when it comes to security and privacy. Because all network data is sent first to the proxy server and then sent to your chosen website, you can hide your IP address and location because your website will only see the proxy address. This gives you protection against external surveillance, but you must remember that the owner of the proxy server can access your data and usually saves logs.

Proxy also helps to limit the amount of advertising you receive because your IP address is hidden. If you're worried about advertising, you need to make sure you're choosing the right proxy server, because some proxy servers place their own ads on the sites they visit by placing their own ads in place of others.

The selected proxy server is configured in the web browser you are using and does not require any software to download, making the proxy simple and easy to set up. Since you don't need any downloads or software, your hard drive space is also unaffected. However, it does affect the speed of the Internet, as this means an extra step in every request when it goes through a proxy server.

Based on the proxy server's location, some content will be limited and others will not. If you cannot view the site in England and the proxy is located in Australia, you can access the site. This may work for some users, but you may also find it frustrating that if you want to access sites from different regions, you will need to reset your settings to access the appropriate server each time you want to visit one of the geographically blocked sites.

Using a proxy server is a simple, lightweight security option for users who are looking for a temporary solution to a problem arising from their location or if they are using a limited system. When using a proxy server, it is important to find a legal, trustworthy proxy server. Please note that while you are receiving anonymity, the owner of the proxy server is also unknown to you. Additionally, although proxies are usually free, their security usually does not exist and your privacy and anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

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