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As we progress further into the information age, the common question of “proxy server vs. VPN” has never been more important. But what exactly are these two technologies, and how do you know which is right for you? At Proxy Server, we offer the ability to try both and see for yourself, but if you want to read more before you do, you’ve come to the right place.

A proxy is just a server that forwards web traffic from your computer to the websites you want to visit. Proxies can be useful for masking your IP address and unblocking many websites on a restricted network, but there are plenty of limitations. A proxy server is typically accessed through a web application or configured in your browser. When a web proxy is accessed in an application, website content is usually loaded in the app, not directly in the browser.

This can create problems on complex sites–pages may not render, videos may not load, and you will see more errors overall while browsing your favorite sites. Configuring your browser’s settings to proxy (like through a SOCKS proxy) will usually give better performance with page loading, but it still only proxies connections made through the browser. If you’re playing a game in a different window and you want to connect the internet, your real IP address will be visible and the proxy will have no effect. In general, a proxy is fine if you want to quickly access one specific blocked site, or hide your IP address for one specific task only. Otherwise, you’ll probably want to consider a VPN.

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A VPN is a bit different–it works in basically the same way as a proxy by forwarding your traffic to the internet, but it has some major advantages over a proxy server. First, a VPN handles all your internet traffic, not just what you send through a browser. Let’s say you want to use an email client like Outlook or Thunderbird–you can’t easily send these through a proxy. With a VPN, you simply turn on the client application and send mail securely. That’s the second benefit–a VPN encrypts all your traffic using military-grade technology. If you’re sending sensitive emails or entering passwords, a VPN ensures that even if they are intercepted, they will be totally unreadable to hackers and criminals. And this is just the beginning–VPNs can do a lot more than we have room to tell you about here.

Proxy Server Pro is a VPN client that you install on your computer, turn on, and instantly start browsing the internet securely. It really is that simple. In fact we’ll give you a full refund if you try it for a week and don’t love it. There are plenty of free web proxies out there, and you can even find one on our front page. But if you truly want the best in online security, Proxy Server Pro is the tool you’ve been searching for.