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Does using a SOCKS proxy mean that my passwords will be visible?

Discussion in 'Proxies' started by ShadeDream, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. ShadeDream

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    If I use a SOCKS proxy will my passwords be visible since there's no encryption going on? Who will my passwords be visible to?
     
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    Do you mean the "Proxy-Authentication" header?

    No, it won't be visible. This header is purged (removed) once your requests reach the proxy server.

    The website won't see it.

    If you want to be sure about it, you can check on one of those websites that display your headers for analysis.
     
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    Your passwords can be seen only if the website doesn't support HTTPS. That means all data you exchange with the website is visible and everybody who is connected to the same router has access to read it.

    So it's not the question of HTTP/SOCKS5 proxies. It's a question of the website and SSL encryption, website admin should take care of it.
     
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    So what is the advantage of using HTTPS over SOCKS5 or vice versa? Is the only difference between them the fact that SOCKS5 can be used for both UDP and TCP?
     
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    SOCKS5 proxy doesn't tell the website that it is a proxy server. For the website it looks like you don't use any proxies at all, like it's a clean connection with no man in the middle
     
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