Proxy vs VPN

Both proxies and VPN are means to the same end, that is to protect your IP and location, and each of them does this in its own way.

Proxy HTTP or SOCKS

Routing - usually HTTP traffic

A proxy will route your traffic trough itself to the Internet. A HTTP proxy will only route HTTP traffic (which is a subset of TCP traffic) while a SOCKS proxy will route all TCP traffic plus UDP traffic. In order to get all your traffic routed trough a SOCKS proxy you will need additional software installed like proxycap, proxifier or a similar one. A routing software with a SOCKS proxy is equivalent to a VPN connection minus the PPTP encryption the VPN offers.

Connectivity N-N

You can connect simultaneously to as many proxies as you have assigned from as many devices as you need. There is a limit of 100 simultaneous connections per geographic location but that will provide enough room to play regardless of your needs.

Speed

When connecting to multiple proxies the speed is limited exclusively by the speed your ISP guarantees you the main reason being that regardless of the speed you get trough a particular proxy you can get the traffic split trough multiple proxies to get the speed that you need.

Encryption

Proxy protocols do not have encryption themselves so they do not offer an additional layer of protection but using them for SSL traffic (HTTPS) will ensure a reasonable security for your connections to the internet.

VPN

Routing - all traffic

A VPN will route all your traffic, without exceptions, trough the VPN server on its way to the Internet.

Connectivity 1-1

With our service you can connect to 1 PPTP VPN account from a single device at a time. Trying to connect from an additional device while you are already connected from a device will get the new connection to fail.

Speed

Connection speed is a directly related to both your routing to the pn server and the routing from vpn server to target server and while we do our best to get fastest available connections for our servers, routing may from time to time limit the bandwidth. Usually getting your VPN account hosted in a different location will get you the speed that you need.

Encryption

Our VPN accounts are PPTP, PPTP protocol has encryption and adds an additional security level to your connection from your computer to the VPN server making it hard for your ISP to track your online activity as the traffic your ISP sees is encrypted. The downside is however that while your ISP can not sniff on your web traffic it might block VPN connections entirely while HTTP/SOCKS traffic will be harder to block.

IPs

Both our proxy and VPN services include static private dedicated IPs so you will be seen by the websites you visit as using the same IP each time (for as long as you keep that particular IP assigned to your subscription).

Conclusion: Both a proxy or a VPN will do the job but depending on your particular use case one of them could be a better option when speed and encryption is needed.

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