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Proxy vs VPN, what is the difference

The differences between VPNs and proxies

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Written by Victoria
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Sometimes web pages are blocked to users from certain countries, so visiting such sites is not always possible. One way to bypass this restriction is to use a proxy or VPN. But which connection to choose?

What is a proxy?

A proxy is an intermediate station in a network that acts as a bridge between two or more networks. A proxy can also hide a user's real IP address by passing his requests through a proxy server (a computer that sits between the user's computer and the Internet and can be used to intercept and modify traffic).

Also, a proxy is a type of Web application that allows users to hide their IP address and browse the Web anonymously. Proxies can be used for the same purposes as a VPN, such as accessing blocked sites or bypassing Internet censorship.

What is a VPN?

First and foremost, a VPN is not a proxy. What is it?

A VPN is a type of secure, encrypted connection that allows you to browse the Internet in a private and secure manner. VPNs are often used to access blocked websites or to access services that are not available in certain countries. VPNs can also be used to bypass Internet censorship.

Differences between proxies and VPNs

The terms proxy and VPN are often not separated, but they are not the same thing.

A proxy server is a server that sits between the user and the Internet and changes the user's real IP address, for example, allowing access to blocked sites.

A VPN is a virtual private network that encrypts data transmitted between a user's computer and a VPN server.

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