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Why a VPN and a proxy, why not just a proxy by itself?

Discussion in 'Proxies' started by onething1, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. onething1

    onething1 Junior Member

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    What kind of proxies leak the ISP and the country?

    Is it true all L1, L2 and L3 proxies dont leak anything at all?

    So why do people insist on adding a VPN for bigger privacy? After all, if the proxy stops working so will the connection.
     
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    sircoldfire Junior Member

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    vpn you can setup the script to run 24/7/365 and go do some other stuff with you computer ...
     
  3. onething1

    onething1 Junior Member

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    why cant u do that with a proxy?
     
  4. fly_bo1

    fly_bo1 Newbie

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    If you use only proxy, you are using it on your computer. Using a VPN with a proxy is like controlling another computer within your computer. Therefore, you will be able to do other things on your computer while the VPN is on another window with your proxy.
     
  5. fly_bo1

    fly_bo1 Newbie

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    VPN gives you the ability to use another computer within your own computer. So for example, you can go on facebook on your browser, non proxied. Then, you can go on your VPN, where it will be proxied, to do whatever you have to do.
     
  6. fly_bo1

    fly_bo1 Newbie

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    Your limited to the number of browser though. You can have as many VPNs. Also with VPNs, you can install programs and such.
     
  7. Jonny Quick

    Jonny Quick BANNED BANNED

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    Are paid-for proxies any better than the free ones? I experiment around with the free ones, and they die constantly, and even when they work it takes 3 minutes to load a page. I use scripts and cannot control the browser when the stupid proxies cause it to crash, detour/do something unexpected, etc... in a completely different way 50% of the time.

    Seems to me this is one argument for a VPN (more consistant). I'm wondering if paid-for proxies are any better than the free ones.
     
  8. zkozi

    zkozi Registered Member

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    The main advantage of VPN is that all Internet clients, browsers, email and chat clients, use the VPN without modifying any settings, VPN is usually encrypted, normal proxy servers are usually not encrypted.
     
  9. judson

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    guys, VPN != VPS, and what fly_bo1 is describing, is a VPS.

    zkozi is more correct.
     
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  10. persyme

    persyme Regular Member

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    vpn = Virtual Private Network, is (acts as) part of your own network going through an encrypted tunnel through the internet.

    vps = Virtual Private Server, is an actual server outside of your own network, with different servers acting as a dedicated machine.
     
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  11. garysbasem3nt

    garysbasem3nt Newbie

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    I'm interested in this as well. I'm considering purchasing proxies to automate some tasks - and stop being banned.

    But can I just install Tor on my machine and try this out? Or is a VPN the best option? Will it look like I'm connecting from different locations if I use a VPN?
     
  12. Jonny Quick

    Jonny Quick BANNED BANNED

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    I've written scripts for using Firefox with TorButton. Tor is very slow. Sometimes the page doesn't load at all. Extremly high anonymity (it's intended to keep people anonymous from Law Enforcement), but the performance is pretty poor. The other things is that forums (I also get banned, lol) have a blacklist of IP Addresses that include almost all of the known Tor Servers, and the list updates regularly. I learned that there are a lot of entities that want to know the IP Addresses of the Tor Exit Servers are so they can block them. I would assume a paid-for proxy or VPN would be less-likely to be blacklisted.

    Guess it would depend on the size of the pool, and how frequently they rotate in & out.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_(anonymity_network)