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proxy or vpn?

Discussion in 'Proxies' started by lanmonkey, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. lanmonkey

    lanmonkey Newbie

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    which is better?
     
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    john1444 Elite Member

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    They all serve different purpose, vpn helps to speed up your internet connection while proxies allow you access to sites and also keep you undercover..
     
  3. inthecloud

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    If you need deversification, I'd suggest proxies. VPN's work great for certain things too though, just depends on your use. Elaborate on what your intentions are and I'll be happy to give my suggestion. :)
     
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    How does a VPN speed up your internet connection? It would increase your ping because you're routing your internet to another location, which may actually decrease the speed of your internet.
     
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    VPN is the way to go
     
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    cricket1 Senior Member

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    It depends on what you are planning to do. For example, proxies are better for bots that need multiple IP addresses whereas VPN may be better for other things such as as torrent downloading and encrypting your internet traffic.
    Oh, did I mention VPN is cheaper too?

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    Both, depending on need. If you need high anonymity, you can use both proxy and vpn.
     
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    proxies are for bots, vpn for everything else you need to change your ip. The main advantage except better speed it that your real ip can't by sniffed or you detected as a proxy
     
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    Hello,

    This should answer to your question :

    What is a proxy?

    A proxy server is a computer that offers a computer network service to allow clients to make indirect network connections to other network services. A client connects to the proxy server, then requests a connection, file, or other resource available on a different server. The proxy provides the resource either by connecting to the specified server or by serving it from a cache. In some cases, the proxy may alter the client's request or the server's response for various purposes.
    What is a VPN?


    What is a VPN?
    A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network technology that creates a secure network connection over a public network such as the Internet or a private network owned by a service provider. VPN technology employs sophisticated encryption to ensure security and prevent any unintentional interception of data between private sites. All traffic over a VPN is encrypted using algorithms to secure data integrity and privacy. VPNs are often used to extend intranets worldwide to disseminate information and news to a wide user base
    How does one compare to the other?

    If you want to be anonymous both methods are fine and doing almost the same thing. I won't be going into a very technical discussion and instead keep the comparison very simple trying to answer most of your questions. So both methods hide your real ip address and make you anonymous. Traffic appears to come from our servers instead of your ip address. None of the methods can be traced back to it's original source so they're doing an excellent job at that.

    A proxy must be configured inside an application which supports proxy authentication such as a web browser. Once configured, the web browser will connect to the proxy server and all it's traffic will be routed via the proxy server. All other applications will access the internet outside the proxy server and will show as originating from your real ip. Also, if allowed, Flash / Java / JS / ActiveX applications that run inside the browser can detect your real ip even when the browser runs via a proxy. These type of applications usually request access so be careful with who/what do you allow access when using proxies. It can break your anonymity.

    A VPN, once you connect to it, routes all your traffic via the VPN so you are not restricted to a specific application. All applications will reach the internet via the VPN so it applies a system-wide routing making you totally anonymous. A VPN connection is also safer because it encrypts all traffic with a 128-bit (can be raised to 256 bits) encrypted tunnel between your computer and our servers. When using VPNs you are protected against many types of attacks such as "man in the middle" attacks. A "man in the middle" can be even your ISP because he sits between you and the internet thus he's able to filter your traffic and see all packets that go out or into your computer and this could mean your passwords, usernames credit cards etc.
    Conclusion

    If you just want to be anonymous and you don't care too much about protection and data you send over the internet I would suggest going for proxies. If however you want to be anonymous and protected I would suggest going for a VPN. Proxies are very good for bots and other software because there's nothing to install and they do the job with minimum or no configuration at all. VPNs are very good for people who care about their privacy such as government agencies or educational institutions, travelers who connect to WIFI spots etc.
     
  10. weedismycheat

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    Virtual Private Network. yea
     
  11. marksmith23

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    VPN is much batter than Proxy because proxy provider can get access in to your personal data like passwords and credit card numbers. I have used many VPN providers because of my data security concerns like PureVPN, SwitchVPN, StrongVPN but among all of them I must appreciate the services of PureVPN.
     
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    Most of what I keep reading is simply false or grossly inaccurate... Technically and by this I mean from the endpoint view a socks and a vpn are NOT very different at all. We could waste time fucking around and discussing the specifics by analyzing them against an ISO/OSI stack to see the peculiar subtleties, but NO a socks proxy and a VPN for most of what we need to do in BH are roughly equivalent. Furthermore socks 4a has the capability to tunnel DNS requests, so all the privacy talk and as I said most of what I keep reading is just misinformation, nonsense and the likes.. ;) Http proxies in their -at least- 3 major categories are generally the worst for a number of reasons since they operate at a higher level (as the name suggests tunneling http that sits ON TOP of tcp..) even though those that allow the CONNECT method might be as safe as a VPN or a socks proxy...
     
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