We have no doubt that a lot of you are familiar with the name proxy or proxy server. Probably quite few of you have even looked in the past for free proxy server. In the past, before VPN got so popular, proxies where the best option to change IP. In those day people were not so much concerned with privacy issues but rather all they wanted was to access geographically sites. But are proxy connections and servers still needed today? Before we tell you what is our view on the proxy matter, let us shortly explain (to our younger audience) what proxies are.
Let’s quote Wikipedia:
In computer networks, a proxy server is a server (a computer system or an application) that acts as an intermediary for requests from clients seeking resources from other servers. A client connects to the proxy server, requesting some service, such as a file, connection, web page, or other resource available from a different server and the proxy server evaluates the request as a way to simplify and control its complexity. Proxies were invented to add structure and encapsulation to distributed systems. Today, most proxies are web proxies, facilitating access to content on the World Wide Web.
In another words, proxy (as does VPN server) is between you and “the internet”. So what is the difference?
- Proxy server will not change your IP address – VPN will change your IP address.
- Proxy will not encrypt your data – VPN will encrypt your data.
- Proxy will not create tunnel in the internet – VPN will create tunnel for direct connection to other server.
- Proxy will not hide your online tracks from your ISP – VPN will hide your online tracks from your ISP.
- Proxy connection will only work with your browser – VPN connection will work with all applications.
- Proxy will not help with torrents & P2P – VPN download of torrents is anonymous
But is really proxy thing of a past! No, definitely not. Proxy is sometimes easier to setup than VPN, not all devices that you use will support. Most of the time, proxy will allow you to unlock desired web site and it should not lower bandwidth of your internet connection. Problem is finding free proxy. You do not know who owns them and most of the time they are much to slow for quality streaming of live TV or HD videos.
And one more thing. Our awesome SmartDNS service would not work without high speed proxy servers. Our DNS transfers necessary (to unblock desired service like Netflix, Hulu or BBC) parts of your traffic via fast proxy server.. and here you go… all important VOD and music services are ready when you want.
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