What is the difference between a proxy and a VPN?

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What is the difference between a proxy and a VPN?
A proxy connects you to a remote computer and a VPN connects you to a remote computer. So you have to be more or less the
same, right? Not exactly. Let’s look at when you want to use which and
why proxies are a bad substitute for VPNs. @¥#456!

Proxy hide your IP address
A proxy server is a server that acts as an intermediary in the flow of your Internet traffic, so your Internet activity appears to come
from a different location. For example, say you’re physically in New
York City and you want to sign up for a site that’s geographically
restricted to people in the UK. You can connect to a proxy server in the
UK and then connect to this Web site. The traffic from your web
browser seems to come from the remote computer, not your own.

Proxies are great for low-profile tasks like watching YouTube videos with region boundaries, bypassing simple content filtering, or
bypassing IP-based restrictions on services

On the other hand, proxy servers are not so well suited for high stakes tasks. Proxy servers hide only your IP address and are a stupid
man in the middle for your Internet traffic. They do not encrypt your
traffic between your computer and the proxy server, they usually do not
remove identifying information from your transmissions beyond the simple
IP exchange, and there are no additional privacy or security
considerations integrated. Anyone who has access to the data
stream (your ISP, your government, a guy snooping on Wi-Fi traffic at
the airport, etc.) can track your traffic. In addition, certain
exploits, such as malicious Flash or JavaScript elements in your web
browser, may reveal your true identity. This makes proxy servers
unsuitable for serious tasks, such as preventing the malicious WLAN
hotspot operator from stealing your data.

Virtual private networks encrypt your connection
virtual private network, like proxies, make your traffic look like it came from a remote IP
address. But here the similarities end.VPNs are set up at the operating
system level, and the VPN connection captures the entire network
connection of the device on which it is configured. This means that
unlike a proxy server, which acts merely as a man-in-the-middle server
for a single application (such as your web browser or BitTorrent
client), VPNs control the traffic of each application on your computer
from your computer Capture web browsers to your online games
to keep Windows Update running in the background.

In addition, the entire process is routed through a heavily encrypted tunnel between your computer and the remote network. This
makes a VPN connection the ideal solution for any type of high-stakes
network where privacy or security matters. With a VPN service, neither
your ISP nor other snooping parties can access the transfer between your
computer and the VPN server. For example, if you’ve traveled to a
foreign country and are worried about being able to securely connect to
your home network on your financial websites, by e-mail, or even
remotely, you can easily configure your laptop to use a VPN.

Although you are not away on business in rural Africa, you can still benefit from a VPN. With a VPN enabled, you no longer have to worry
about security measures for Wi-Fi and networks in coffee shops or the
free Internet in your hotel is fraught with security holes.


Posted 18 Sep 2019

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