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Direct connection

(also non-proxy connection)

Direct connection definition

A direct connection is a type of internet connection where a device communicates directly with a server or another device without the use of an intermediary, such as a proxy server or VPN. This type of connection provides a more straightforward data transmission route but may expose the user's IP address and other identifying information, potentially compromising privacy and security.

Direct connection examples

  • Browsing the internet without using a VPN or proxy server, which reveals the user's IP address and location to the websites visited.
  • Connecting to a public Wi-Fi network without using a VPN, leaving the user's device and data vulnerable to potential eavesdropping and attacks.

Direct connection vs. proxy and VPN connections

A direct connection provides faster access to online resources because there is no intermediary to process and route the data. However, it may also leave the user's data and privacy exposed. Proxy servers and VPNs, on the other hand, can provide a layer of anonymity and security by masking the user's IP address and encrypting the data transmitted between the device and the server.

Pros and cons of direct connections


  • Faster access to websites and online services.
  • No additional software or configuration required.


  • Exposes the user's IP address and location.
  • Offers no encryption or additional security measures.
  • Increases the risk of cyberattacks and data breaches.

Tips for maintaining privacy and security while using a direct connection

  • Use HTTPS when browsing websites to ensure data encryption.
  • Keep your device's software and security patches up to date.
  • Use reputable antivirus software and a firewall.
  • Consider using a VPN like NordVPN to protect your online privacy and security.