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Proxy vs. VPN: What Is the Difference?

Proxy vs. VPN: What Is the Difference?

VPNs and proxy servers serve a purpose of safeguarding your identity and ensuring access to content. While these terms are sometimes used interchangeably there is a distinction between them - a VPN prioritizes your privacy protection whereas a proxy does not provide the level of security. So when comparing proxy vs. VPN what sets them apart?

What role does a proxy server play?

Typically when you browse the internet your computer directly connects to websites. Download the pages for you. It's a process. However with a proxy server in place your computer first sends all web traffic to the server. The proxy then relays your request to the desired website, retrieves the information on your behalf and sends it back to you.

By concealing IP addresses using this method proxy servers enable users to bypass content restrictions.

What about VPNs?

A VPN establishes an encrypted tunnel for your data transmission. It ensures that your online identity remains protected by hiding your IP address and allowing usage of public Wi-Fi hotspots. Unlike proxies that operate on an application level VPNs work at the operating system level, by redirecting all internet traffic from both browsers and apps through their channels. Moreover they encrypt data exchanged between the internet and your device.

Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is unable to monitor your activities when you use a VPN. They can only detect that you are connected to a VPN server. This encryption also provides protection, against website tracking, government surveillance and potential hackers who may attempt to spy on your device.

So when it comes to choosing between a VPN or a proxy server the decision depends on your needs and requirements.

If privacy and security are your priorities for all your activities especially when using public Wi-Fi or dealing with sensitive information then a VPN is the way to go. With a VPN your data is transmitted through an encrypted tunnel, which safeguards it from interception by hackers, ISPs or government agencies. Moreover VPNs allow you to bypass geo restrictions so you can access content and websites that are blocked in your location. They also enable browsing by protecting your IP address and location from websites and online services. Additionally VPNs support P2P file sharing with security.

On the other hand if your main requirements are accessing blocked websites or specific web content without encrypting all of your internet traffic then using a proxy would be more suitable. Proxies can offer speeds for online activities such as streaming or gaming or web scraping since they don't have the added overhead of full encryption.

Proxies have their usefulness, in applications or services as they allow you to utilize a proxy for a purpose without affecting other internet traffic. They can be beneficial for content filtering and caching which ultimately improves the speed at which web pages load. Additionally proxies enable IP spoofing providing the ability to conceal your IP address and give the impression that you are connecting from an IP.

However it is important to note that while both VPNs and proxies offer some level of anonymity and access to content VPNs provide comprehensive security and privacy features. This is mainly due to their encryption and tunneling capabilities. On the other hand proxies are generally more suitable, for use cases where encryption and overall internet security are not the primary concern.

If you have a specific use case you are not sure about, GoProxies team is always ready to help you out by offering the best solution.

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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.

Is A VPN better than a proxy?

Generally speaking, a VPN is better than a proxy. VPNs offer better security and privacy because they encrypt your internet connection, while proxies mainly route your traffic through a server without encryption. However, the use cases should be taken into account: for purposes where encryption and overall internet security are not the primary concern, using a proxy would be a better choice.

Is A VPN the same as a proxy?

No, a VPN is not the same as a proxy. While both can help mask your IP address, a VPN encrypts your internet connection for better security and privacy, whereas a proxy primarily acts as an intermediary server without encryption.

Is a proxy better than a VPN for gaming?

No, a VPN is generally better than a proxy for gaming because it offers more security, speed, and protection against DDoS attacks while still allowing you to change your IP address.

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