Hiding your IP address, and your browsing activity is not illegal.
While active on the internet, all packages of information exchanged with your device pass through a remote machine, a proxy server, that connects to the host server. Proxy servers are a gateway to the internet.
A Proxy Server is, essentially, another computer that routes traffic from your device or local network (say, a bunch of computers in a single building) to a much larger network like the internet. Look at it as a bartender of sorts. It takes in requests, processes them, and returns to you what you desire. You never actually touch the bottles on the shelf, as the bartender acts as the middleman. It’s likewise with a proxy server; you search/browse/request – the proxy obtains the information you want, then returns it to you. Proxy Servers also provide increased performance and security.
Where does one get these ‘Proxies?’
A proxy server isn’t something you go out and get, you already have access to one on your PC. To find your Windows proxy server settings first access your control panel, open your internet options, click on connections. Once there, go to LAN settings. In the settings window, you’ll find the proxy server host address and the proxy server port number. You may have to log in to access the proxy server.
Tunneling proxies are unmodified and referred to as gateways.
If your proxy acts as an intermediary and security shield from the internet, then you are using an Anonymous Proxy.
Elite Proxy servers work like other proxies but have some unique features.
It can get confusing, so to simplify there are basically three types of proxies.
MOE, LARRY, & CURLY
We’ll call Moe the Regular Proxy. He takes requests, fetches data, and stores it for future usage. The next time you request that data, he’s got it on-hand, readily. This rapidly shortens the request-response time.
Larry is our Transparent Proxy. He’s all about you not knowing that he’s there. You will have no idea you’re using a proxy server. He does the same thing as Moe, but because of the way he’s configured, he reduces an ISPs bandwidth usage and is generally used in large corporations.
Now Curly is another beast altogether. He’s a Reverse Proxy and is all about reducing the load on the web server, not the web browser. This guy will take all the static requests sent his way, and reply to them from the cache he’s accumulated on his servers.
So…Proxy Servers are a great way to browse the internet and DO provide a level of protection while doing so. However, in comparison to VPNs, they don’t add up.
SIX REASONS WHY VPNs CRUSH PROXY SERVERS
- All traffic, including programs and apps used on your tablets, or smartphones routes through the VPN server. This grants the use of the VPN benefits as well, such as location, speed, and browsing security.
- A Virtual Private Network encrypts your traffic as it replaces your provided IP address with one assigned to you by the VPN service.
- A VPN works with all Internet-based services.
- On a Wi-fi hotspot, or even public networks, such as the internet, VPNs provide security and privacy.
- VPNs encrypted tunneling protects 100% of your internet access, unlike Proxies, which only secure your torrent client or web browser.
- You get faster connections and military level encryption when using a 1st class VPN.
Changes are coming for all users on the internet once the FCC finalizes wording on Net Neutrality docket 17-108 on August 16th. Take some action to prepare and protect yourself.
“Self-Defense is like insurance…it’s best to have it before you need it.”
– Sifu Kwan