Not so long ago, the Internet was a fairly free and democratic environment. Hardly anyone could suspect that all the “body movements” of a person, his statements are somehow tracked.
It was like this before, but today, alas, it is not so.
For example, you entered a search query, you are interested in a new phone model, and now, an advertisement begins to “follow” your heels, in which you are invited to buy the notorious phone or accessories. This may continue for several days in a row.
Also, on the social network, you are broadcasting advertisements related to your interests, queries and other movements on the Internet. I think they noticed it.
Well, and cookie files, they have been tracking all your movements for a long time, and how many other tracking tools there are, we do not know and have no idea. This is one side of the “free” Internet.
The other side of a non-free internet is blocking websites, ip and domains. All of this is partly related to politics, information wars, partly to security, but, be that as it may, access to certain resources is prohibited.
And what to do in this case?
This is where proxy servers and VPNs come to the rescue – technologies that allow you to establish network connections over another network. Today, the presence of a VPN in browsers is almost mandatory, but it is implemented using plugins and special extensions, or is already built into the browser from the very beginning.
In particular, the Opera browser has always offered VPN users.
Although, how correctly this VPN (?) Works is a question. Is the data encrypted or is Opera just artificially complicating the user’s movement on the web? There are different opinions on this.
So where does VPN come in?
Here’s the most commonplace example. To access the vKontakte website from Ukraine, you need to use a VPN or proxy server. It won’t work with a regular browser.
Or another example, in order to access a root tracker in Russia, you will need the same VPN or proxy server. Or, if you need to go to some other site blocked by Roskomnadzor.
Familiar situation? But this is about a simple task – go to a blocked site. Yes, a browser with a VPN is sufficient here. So, if you need not just go to a blocked site, but use the Internet SAFE?
Safe in every sense:
- data transfer,
- Internet traffic,
- protection of personal information.
This is where a VPN browser won’t be enough. In this case, it is better to use a proxy – middleware between the computer and the Internet.
For example, the site proxy-seller.com offers both free and paid proxy servers in huge numbers and inexpensively.
What does a proxy do?
- The proxy changes your geographic location, changes the ip address of your computer.
- Provides secure Internet access.
- Protects against network attacks from outside.
- Filters sites.
- Provides anonymity on the Internet.
Yes, for an ordinary average user, a browser with a VPN will be enough to enter a blocked site.
But to download gigabytes of information and more, a VPN may not help. It all depends on what proxy server the browser uses.
If free and slow, then the download will be slow. For example, a user from China, if he wants to download something from a US websites, the process can be very delayed. Or vice versa, upload something to these websites.
Therefore, there is another option – it is to use a proxy server. Or special programs that have built-in proxies or you can buy and add them.
In this case, the speed of work will be much faster than with free servers.
Now let’s simulate another situation when it is convenient to use proxies and software.
For example, you live in China, use bitcoin. You need to pay for the domain on the US site. No browser with VPN will help you, only a proxy server.
Because not only did you go to the bitcoin payment site blocked in China through a browser, you went, as it were, from another country.
You also need your wallet keeper, and not just your browser, through which you will make a payment, from the same ip. That is, you need to change your ip at the very beginning of the chain, at the entrance to the Internet. For this you need a program and a proxy.
An example to show that in some cases a browser will be enough, and in other cases a proxy server and software are still needed.
And the last thing. I think that in the near future VPN technologies will be even more in demand for various reasons, and in particular, because of the increasing state control over the Internet space. Alas, this is the reality.