What’s the Difference Between a VPN and a Proxy?

Jason Fitzpatrick, How-to-Geek, Mar 29, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Useful and clearly explained description of how VPNs and proxies differ, and what they're best used for. With a proxy, you simply route your internet traffic through another server; there is no encryption, but it hides where your original request is coming from. A VPN, on the other hand, will encrypt the traffic between you and that second server. "In summary, proxies are great for hiding your identity during trivial tasks (like “sneaking” into another country to watch a sports match) but when it comes to more series tasks (like protecting yourself from snooping) you need a VPN."

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