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HTTP vs. HTTPS Proxies

HTTP vs. HTTPS Proxies

If you're new to proxies, you've likely come across terms like HTTP and HTTPS and wondered about their differences. Rest assured, even experienced professionals in the field can find it perplexing. The primary purpose of employing a proxy is to enhance security and browse the internet without revealing your identity. Nonetheless, using an incorrect proxy server can compromise your privacy, lead to compatibility complications, and other issues.

What is HTTP proxy server?

The HTTP proxy serves as a high-performance content filter through which traffic passes on its way to you. It acts as a middle-man between your browser and the target web server. Consequently, any processed traffic appears to originate from the proxy's dedicated IP address rather than your device's own.

Apart from this, an HTTP proxy server offers the advantage of conserving bandwidth by compressing web traffic, caching internet files and pages, and reducing the influx of ads to your computer. This makes it particularly appealing to companies dealing with huge websites, especially those owned by news corporations.

Moreover, the HTTP proxy can accommodate a large number of users simultaneously, making it ideal for companies with a sizable workforce. Companies can strengthen their security measures by implementing an HTTP proxy server on their public web server, effectively preventing attempts to store unauthorized files.

Additionally, the HTTP proxy can be used as a resemblance to an HTTP tunnel, forming a network link between devices in restricted network environments like firewalls. Such HTTP tunnels can be employed for penetration testing of firewalls.

How does HTTP proxy work?

Every day, online companies have to deal with threats from cybercriminals. To protect against these risks, the HTTP proxy server plays a crucial role by carefully examining your internet connection for any suspicious activities. This watchful scrutiny enables the proxy server to quickly stop potential attacks from external networks by identifying and blocking harmful software (malware).

The HTTP proxy also checks where web traffic comes from before sending it to your internal web client. This important step greatly reduces the chances of harmful content getting into your network and helps prevent buffer overflow attacks.

The beauty of the HTTP proxy lies in its customizable ruleset, which can be tailored to meet your specific business requirements. Depending on the configuration, companies have the flexibility to establish distinct rules for various purposes.

What is HTTPS proxy server?

The HTTPS proxy, also known as the SSL Proxy, functions similarly to the HTTP proxy but stands apart by creating secure connections. It operates exclusively with web content and does not handle other data types.

With HTTPS proxies, all web traffic is encrypted using the HTTPS protocol. HTTPS websites are already secured through SSL certificates, providing users with private and safe connections. When a user accesses an HTTPS website through an HTTPS proxy, their connection becomes doubly protected.

How does HTTPS proxy work?

The focal point here is encryption. As previously noted, HTTPS proxy servers employ SSL to encrypt all data exchanged between an endpoint and any external server you wish to reach. Technically, this process is akin to connecting to a standard SSL-certified website. With SSL encryption in place, your connection becomes impervious to interception, and modern browsers will issue a warning if you attempt to connect to a website lacking an SSL certificate.

HTTP vs. HTTPS

A notable distinction between HTTP and HTTPS types lies in the communication process between you and the proxy. In the case of HTTPS proxies, requests are not directed towards the proxy to mirror the desired website. Instead, when HTTPS is used you send a web request, your proxy server establishes a TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) connection, enabling your request data to reach the intended website. Only your IP address is examined and relayed, ensuring robust end-to-end security.

Which proxy type should you choose

Usage of HTTP proxies include:  

  • Streaming video or music content
  • Gathering substantial data using scraping proxies
  • Monitoring websites or e-commerce platforms
  • Employing automated tools
  • Conducting comprehensive market research

Usage of HTTPS proxies:

  • All functionalities of an HTTP proxy, and beyond
  • Ensuring secure and anonymous browsing
  • Facilitating banking or credit card transactions
  • Maintaining privacy when evading website tracking

If you are unsure about your proxy service needs, you can always contact GoProxies team and we will help you choose the best solution or you will be able to request a free version of our service.

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Matas has strong background knowledge of information technology and services, computer and network security. Matas areas of expertise include cybersecurity and related fields, growth, digital, performance, and content marketing, as well as hands-on experience in both the B2B and B2C markets.

FAQ

What Are Rotating Residential Proxies?
Rotating Residential Proxies offer you the best solution for scaling your scraping without getting blocked.

Rotating proxies provide a different IP each time you make a request. With this automated rotation of IPs, you get unlimited scraping without any detection. It provides an extra layer of anonymity and security for higher-demand web scraping needs.

IP addresses change automatically, so after the initial set up you’re ready to scrape as long and much as you need. IPs may shift after a few hours, a few minutes or after each session depending on your configuration. We do this by pulling legitimate residential IPs from our pool.
Why Do You Need Rotating Residential Proxies?
There are a number of use cases for rotating residential proxies. One of the most common ones is bypassing access limitations.

Some websites have specific measures in place to block IP access after a certain number of requests over an extended period of time.

This limits your activity and hinders scalability. With rotating residential IP addresses, it's almost impossible for websites to detect that you are the same user, so you can continue scraping with ease.
When to Use Static Residential Proxies Instead?
There are particular cases where static residential proxies may be more useful for your needs, such as accessing services that require logins.

Rotating IPs might lead to sites not functioning well if they are more optimised for regular use from a single IP.

Learn if our static residential proxies are a better fit for your needs.
Can I choose the IP location by city?
Yes. GoProxies has IPs spread across almost every country and city worldwide.
Can I choose the IP location by country state?
Yes. GoProxies has IPs spread across X countries with localised IPs in every state.

What is the difference between HTTP and HTTPS proxy?

The main difference is security. An HTTP proxy handles unencrypted data, while an HTTPS proxy encrypts the data it transfers, providing a higher level of security for your online activities.

Do HTTP proxies have issues with HTTPS?

Yes, HTTP proxies may have issues with HTTPS websites because they can't fully encrypt the data transmitted between your device and the website, potentially leading to security concerns and compatibility issues.

Are HTTP proxies safe?

HTTP proxies can be safe if used cautiously. However, they typically lack encryption, which means data transmitted through them may not be secure.

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