A proxy server functions as an intermediary between your device and the Internet. Any traffic directed through a proxy server will look as if it came from its IP address rather than yours. Unlike VPN servers, proxy servers do not encrypt the traffic passing through them, which saves resources and allows accepting simultaneous connections from much larger numbers of users.
SOCKS5 proxy servers are very flexible and compatible with all kinds of Internet traffic, including POP3 and SMTP for emails, FTP for uploading files to websites, and P2P. As a result, they’re very popular among users who don’t need advanced security and encryption but do require the privacy and flexibility achieved by replacing their IP addresses. They are also noticeably faster than services with encryption.
These easy-to-follow tutorials will help you get started with SOCKS5 on various services.
uTorrent is one of the most popular file-sharing clients out there. It’s compatible with all the major operating systems, lightweight and economic in its use of system resources. This guide shows how you can set up the SOCKS5 proxy on it and check if your IP address is indeed changed.
The original BitTorrent client combines a simple interface with fast speeds and powerful options. This tutorial shows how you can configure the SOCKS5 proxy on it and then check if your IP address is properly hidden.
Vuze is an all-inclusive file-sharing and media management program that trades leanness for powerful features. Those include everything from p2p searching and subscription to built-in HD playback and media transcoding.
It’s probably unnecessary to explain what Skype is. It has become so popular over the years that it’s nearly synonymous with VoIP. However, traditional telecom operators correctly see Skype as a dangerous competitor, which has resulted in it being banned or restricted in multiple countries. You can use SOCKS5 to conceal your IP address and avoid location-based restrictions.