Proxy servers explained
So, what exactly is a proxy server?
You can think of proxy servers as an intermediary between you and the web pages you want to access. You give this anonymous web proxy a request, and it will perform it on your behalf.
For example, you can use a proxy to get internet access to a streaming video that’s usually blocked in your country.
Once you give this request, your IP address (which acts as your identity) gets replaced with an IP provided by the proxy server. This makes it possible for you to access blocked websites.
Because your proxy server uses an IP address allocated to a country where the content you want to access is not geo-blocked or restricted, you will be able to gain access that content now.
And for those who want to enjoy ultimate online anonymity and data-security, our VPN app is the perfect solution.
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Are free proxy servers any good?
There are many free web proxies available on the internet. However, they have plenty of downsides.
For example, 8 out of 10 free proxy servers don’t allow HTTPS connection. But without encryption, anyone can get access to your data. And you wouldn’t want your login details or bank account information to fall into the wrong hands.
What’s more, when using a proxy without HTTPS encryption, you’re trusting that the owners of the service are good guys who won’t sell your personal information to the highest bidder. Remember, operating these proxy servers takes money. And this money needs to be made back somehow.
Are you willing to take the gamble?
Proxy vs. VPN – the key differentiators
There’s one significant difference when it comes to proxies and VPNs. And that’s encryption.
A proxy can only hide your real IP and give you another address to unblock sites or social media platforms, but your internet activity is not anonymous. The reason is simple: there is no encryption in place.
Things are different with a VPN.
With a virtual private network, you hide your IP and swap it for a different one. You’re also protected by an encrypted tunnel connecting you to the web page you want to visit.
And since VPNs also deploy security protocols like IP or DNS leak protection, you’ll be able to access even restricted content from streaming services like as Netflix US, Hulu, Sling and plenty of others.
CyberGhost Proxy vs. CyberGhost VPN
If you’re trying to choose between our proxy and our VPN, here are some more details for you.
With CyberGhost VPN, you get access to a network boasting over 3600 servers spread out across 60+ countries from 6 continents. And we’re continually growing.
However, our free browser extensions sport less flexibility. They allow you to access 8 servers located in 4 countries.
|Features||CyberGhost proxy extension||CyberGhost VPN|
|Block online tracking|
|Access to geo-restricted websites|
|Blocked malicious content|
|Secure Wi-Fi connections||Only in the browser||All around|
|Access Flash content securely|
|WebRTC leak protection|
|24/7 live chat support|
|Streaming & downloading sever filter|
|Multiple protocol support|
|Access to 3600+ servers in 60+ countries||Access to only 8 servers in 4 countries|
|Device limit||Available just for Firefox & Chrome||Up to 7 devices, no matter the OS|
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