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Differences between Private proxy and VPN

We often get the question, what is the difference between a proxy and a VPN and when should I use either one of them? The primary difference is that a VPN routes all your network traffic through the machine that you are connected to, unless you specifically tell it to do otherwise. A proxy on the other hand routes only traffic within the specific application where you set up the proxy.

It should be noted that VPNs are typically inherently using encryption, whereas proxies do not. A proxy relies on SSL for encryption(HTTPS).

Because a proxy is not necessarily sending encrypted data, it can technically be vulnerable to a man in the middle attack. With a VPN a man in the middle attack will rarely yield any results for an attack because the traffic is inherently encrypted.

In that sense one could say that a VPN can in fact be somewhat more secure than a proxy. Fear not however, we at hyperproxies do not store any logs of any of your traffic so with us you are completely safe and anonymous. Furthermore, if you visit HTTPS website then your traffic will also be encrypted.

Other differences are that you can't send UDP traffic with a proxy(unless it's a SOCKS proxy). A VPN supports all sorts of network traffic.

Altogether a VPN is simply a little more advances than a proxy but that does not mean that it's better. It is simply used for different scenarios. A proxy is excellent for webbrowsing and automated webbrowsing because you can use many different IP addresses at the same time. With a VPN on the other hand, you can use only the IP address of the current VPN connection. If you intend to change your IP, you need to disconnect and setup a new connection.

The conclusion is that both techniques have their own use and neither is better than one another, they can simply be used for different purposes.