Should I use a proxy or a VPN?
Since a proxy hides your IP address, you might think that it is the same as a VPN. This is not true.
A proxy server masks your IP address, so you can browse the internet without revealing your real IP. But not all proxy services provide data encryption and many log your browsing history, along with your IP address. In addition, if you only set up a proxy server in your browser, other programs that use the Internet could expose your private information.
On the other hand, once you install VPN software on your computer and it is configured correctly, all of your programs are automatically protected, your history is never logged and your data is heavily encrypted. You don’t have to worry about accidentally using a program that is not configured correctly. This blanket protection, strong privacy protection, and ease of use are why a VPN provides significantly better protection than the average proxy server.