Should I use a proxy?
There are several benefits of using a proxy server and we will explain them in this guide. We will also go over the risks of proxy servers and how you can protect yourself against them by using a VPN instead.
When you use a proxy server, a server essentially acts on your behalf whenever you do anything on the Internet. This allows you to hide some of your private information behind the proxy. Everything that is done through a proxy server is transparent to you, aside from the initial setup.
How to set up a proxy connection
A connection to a proxy service can be setup in your browser, or in your operating system. If your proxy settings are only added to your browser, only internet connections from your browser will be protected by the proxy. Therefore, it is usually better to setup your proxy connection in your operating system.
To connect to a proxy server, you usually only need two pieces of information:
- The address of your service
- The port you will connect on
There may be additional information that is needed, like a username and password, depending on the proxy service you are using. Also keep in mind that you may have to exclude certain websites or services from the proxy settings, to get them to work.
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 configured incorrectly.
Comprehensive data protection, strong privacy safeguards, and ease of use, are a few reasons why a VPN provides significantly better protection than the average proxy server.