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How is a VPN different from a proxy?

September 14, 2011 by admin  
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Question by Neal: How is a VPN different from a proxy?

Let’s say we have servers A, B and C, all connected to the internet. My computer talks to server A.

Scenario 1: I open a VPN with server B and download some porn hosted on server C.
Scenario 2: I visit a proxy hosted on server B and download some porn hosted on server C.

My impression is that in both cases, all data exchanged between me and server C has to go through B. Is this right?

Best answer:

Answer by Ricky
Yes you are right.

Main difference is, a VPN tunnel will allow your entire connection to server B to be encapsulated and secure….

Verses, the Proxy connection, which could just be a regular “open” connection…

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One Response to “How is a VPN different from a proxy?”
  1. SH says:

    The proxy is wide open and can leak information such as ip addresses or in the worst case be totally unencrypted. Flash from a movie will go outside the proxy and reveal the true ip addresses. A VPN will encrypt the entire network connection so your ISP doesn’t have a record of you going to the pron site and the porn site doesn’t know your true ip address.

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