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What is the difference between a VPN and a proxy?

A proxy is like a VPN - an intermediate station between the user and the internet to make your location look different. You send another request for a website to the proxy server and forward it to the web server. If the web server tries to trace your request, it can only go back as far as the proxy server. The difference to a VPN is that a proxy is simpler and less secure. You need to install a proxy for every application (web browser, email, agenda, etc.) while a VPN anonymizes all internet traffic. In addition, a proxy only hides your IP address by replacing it with the proxy’s IP address. Proxies are not encrypted, which is why your anonymity is not always guaranteed. Your internet service provider or someone searching the WiFi network on public transit can still see or intercept your internet traffic. The advantage of a proxy is that it isn't as heavy on your computer as a VPN and therefore it doesn't slow the internet down. A VPN can have a significant impact on your internet speed as it has to encrypt and decrypt every request. A proxy can easily be used for simple, less privacy-related tasks. To use the internet safely, it is important to use a reliable proxy. Unreliable proxies can sell your data or inject viruses.