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Benefits of using SOCKS5 Proxy

Oct 08, 2015 · 3 min read

Benefits of using SOCKS5 Proxy

 What is SOCKS5?

SOCKS5 is an internet protocol which routes packets between a server and a client using a proxy server.

SOCKS5 is an internet protocol

To put it simply – your data is routed through proxy server that generates an arbitrary IP address before you reach your destination.

Technically – SOCKS5 uses the proxy servers to form TCP or UDP connections to arbitrary IP addresses, providing a mode for transportation of UDP packets. NordVPN SOCKS5 Proxy sends requests through the NordVPN DNS servers.

Main advantage of SOCKS5 is the additional ability to provide authentication so only authorized users may access a server. This makes it more secure than other proxy servers.

Related: Difference between VPN and Proxy Explained

What are the benefits of using SOCKS proxy servers?

There are many benefits of using SOCKS proxy servers. We list some of them here:

Better performance with Torrents and P2P

Compared to other proxies in the ability to transfer smaller bits of data packets – SOCKS5 offers faster download speeds and overall performance.

(tech) SOCKS5 proxies implement full UDP, they enable users to connect to all the peers in a swarm, which results in better download speeds and overall performance.

Using SOCKS5 is a great option if the main goal is downloading torrents and P2P.

It is also a secure option if you are not browsing the net– as SOCKS5 codes your traffic via proxy server. Alternatively, use a mix of VPN and SOCKS5, as VPN service is highly recommended for multiple online data operations, online privacy and enhanced security.

If SOCKS5 Proxy were to be interrupted – your P2P process would stop also – keeping your IP address secured.

Gets you around internet blocks

SOCKS5 uses proxy servers for its operation. Since proxy servers are remote devices that act as relays between your system and the internet, they can easily help you bypass internet blockades and firewalls as your IP address is hidden from the firewall or the internet censor. The IP address of the proxy server is visible, which is usually in a location where the blocked service is available.

Combination of SOCKS5 and a VPN

If you want enhanced security and encryption use a combination of SOCKS5 and a VPN Service.  Additional benefits of using SOCKS5 include support in the case a VPN connection is interrupted (i.e. P2P over night, when you cannot reconnect to a VPN) – as SOCKS5 proxy would continue guarding your data with UDP or TCP protocol.


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All kinds of traffic can be accommodated

Unlike HTTP proxies which can only interpret and work with webpages, SOCKS5 proxies can work with any kind of traffic. High-level HTTP proxies are usually designed for a specific protocol. While this helps in better connection speed of HTTP proxies, they are not half as flexible and secure as SOCKS proxies. This is because SOCKS proxy servers are low-level proxies that can handle any program, protocol and any type of traffic.

Better performance than other Proxies

The performance constraint for many proxies fails miserably due to the fact that they rewrite data packet headers. Doing this results in a high chance of misrouting or mislabelling of data. SOCKS5 proxy servers do not rewrite data packet headers, so there is quite lesser chance of such errors. Since there are far fewer errors, the performance automatically becomes better.

Reliability and efficient connections

SOCKS5 proxy servers use both TCP and UDP protocols (Unlike SOCKS4 which only uses TCP). TCP is an internet protocol that forms a physical connection between a client and a server, making sure that all the packets arrive from one side to the other. It requires fitting the content into a fixed format so that it can be transferred easily.

UDP is an internet protocol that does not focus on whether all packets from a client or a server reach to the other side and in the same order. Therefore, UDP is more efficient than TCP in that it does not waste time in converting the data packets into a proper stream or fixed packets that are sent upon establishing a connection. Now, a combination of these two would mean that a user is guaranteed a reliable and efficient performance from his internet connection. This is what using a SOCKS5 proxy server warrants for you.



**Note: NordVPN account holders can take advantage of Free NordVPN SOCKS5 Proxy for a limited time.

Christina Craig
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Christina is a community manager and the heart, the voice and the soul of NordVPN. She is always up for a conversation with our community of users and blog readers.

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