Privacy

VPN vrs Proxy. Whats the Difference?


The internet connects people from around world with and empowering individuals to reach hundreds, thousands, or even millions. This interconnectedness has raised a few key issue of online privacy among internet users.

This article will discuss the key features related to the working of both VPNs and Proxies and essentaisl every user must keep in mind before using any type of privacy tool.

Why do you need a security tool?

Almost every other week, we hear news about leaked data, encryption, snooping. or digital privacy concerns. Even so, many of us do not realize the need for using a security tool while surfing the internet.

Most digital stealth occurs when third-party applications can bypass the IP-based restrictions of the user’s device, so the easiest way to keep your device’s information safe while surfing the web is to hide your true IP identity. Both VPN and Proxies allow the user to appear as if he is connecting from a different location. Although, how they accomplish this is fundamentally different.

What is a Proxy Server?

Proxy servers are a tool to ensure the online security of your data. In this approach, a proxy server is placed between the client and the server and the user’s data first reaches the proxy server which hides the location and IP address of the client before sending the information to the actual server. Some common proxy servers include – SOCKS proxies, HTTP proxies, etc.

Basically, proxies are a middle-man for internet traffic. Some advantages of using proxy servers are that

  • It helps in accessing geographically restricted content. For example, you can access the websites which are banned in that region.
  • It helps in by-passing simple content-based filters or IP-based server restrictions.

DRAWBACKS – Besides, the IP swap, there are no other additional privacy or security considerations in a proxy.

What is a VPN?

A Virtual Private Network or a VPN is a type of privacy tool that ensures the security of one’s data from third-party applications and users when connected to the internet. It connects to the internet by creating an encrypted tunnel for all the connections made by the user. Actually, without a VPN all private data from the user’s system (client) goes to the server (any website). Now, this data is very prone to attack from third party users like hackers, who with the help of proper tools can access one’s password, credit card details, and other personal information.

Here are a few advantages of using a VPN to make internet connections.

  • A VPN encrypts the user’s information as all the data first goes from the client to a VPN server where it is encrypted and then sent to the actual server. These VPN servers are provided by VPN vendors.
  • VPNs are capable of offering fast connections with nominal effects on the upload/download speed of the user.
  • Most VPNs are available free-of-cost for usage.
  • VPN captures the traffic of every single computer application running in your system, including games, windows updates, etc. This makes VPN connections an ideal solution for online privacy.

DRAWBACK – The only drawback of using a VPN is that sometimes VPN vendors may exchange the private data of the users for money. They may also reveal it to the government when asked to do so.

CONCLUSION

Although, both VPN and Proxies are a great tool to encrypt your IP address a VPN comes with additional security features. Choosing the right security tool depends on the purpose of usage.

Proxies are great for hiding your identity when you wish to access geographically restricted content, but when it comes to more serious tasks like protecting the user’s data from snooping and other online threats, it is recommended to use a VPN.


Yo!  When I’m not snitching on my fellow CIA agents or the FBI all while making besties with the Russian president. I’m keeping my digital foot print in check by using a VPN.