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A web proxy server, also known as a proxy or application-level gateway, is a computer that sits between your computer and the Internet. It intercepts traffic flowing between you and the service you want to access.
Data coming into a proxy server enters through one port and is then forwarded through another port. By blocking direct access between you and the Internet, proxy servers make it more difficult for hackers to obtain IP addresses and other private information. Still, a determined hacker (or a lazy one with the right software and hardware) can find out who you are and where you live, study, and work.
Some proxy servers use server applications that block common Internet services. For instance, an HTTP proxy takes over web access, and a SMTP proxy restricts email access. These are the servers people typically try to bypass, which is very easy to do using NordVPN.
Proxies can cache web pages. Every time you request a URL from outside, a copy is stored locally. The next time you request the same URL, the proxy can supply the local copy instead reloading the original across the network. This improves performance but can leave you with stale, out-of-date results, which may be a problem if you depend on having the latest and greatest data.
When you use a proxy, it’s very important to trust the owner of the proxy. Why? Even if your data is encrypted coming to and from the proxy, the proxy must decrypt it to send it on. That means your private data is wide open on the proxy server. If you trust the proxy owner not to snoop and to protect your unencrypted data from hackers, this is not a problem. But how many of us know who runs a proxy, particularly a free one? If privacy is important, a VPN from an established provider with a reputation for safeguarding user data is a much better option.
Note: don’t confuse a proxy server with a network address translation (NAT) device. A proxy server sends and receives Internet traffic, acting as an intermediary on behalf of the client computer. A NAT device simply translates IP addresses between the local network and the Internet, allowing a single IP address to represent multiple addresses on the local network. A NAT device, such as a home router, does very little to protect you online.
Web proxy is a great tool to secure Internet connection. You can use it on your Windows computer, MacBook, Linux computer and even on a tablet or a smartphone. Basically our free web proxy can work on any device that has an Internet browser. Of course, an active Internet connection is necessary to benefit from using our web proxy server. At the moment it uses our datacenter in Italy as an exit point to the Internet. Users from all over the world, especially from the countries that are beyond a strict government ruling can use our web proxy and unblock the most popular websites on the Internet like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Ebay, etc.
However, a free web proxy does not have the encryption that VPN can offer. Our VPN is like a private tunnel in the Internet jungle. And what is great that only you would be able to get in to that tunnel. This tunnel is protected by the most supreme encryption that only NordVPN can offer. Even a free web proxy does not have such strong armor against the intruders. How do we secure your connection? We protect your traffic with an unbreakable military grade AES-256 encryption. Moreover, web proxy list has only 1 server, while the VPN has 456 servers world-wide.
Unlike a free web proxy, it is not necessary to use a browser to benefit from the VPN connection. VPN secures your whole network which encrypts not even your browser but also the traffic of all your applications that use an Internet connection. Software like Skype, Avast Free Antivirus, KMPlayer, FileZilla and many more benefit from using VPN. Every single data packet is encrypted. This unfortunately could not be possible when using web proxy server.
VPN service can protect your whole network, including your mobile phone, tablet, and even TV. It also protects all your applications, such as your web browser, Skype, Facebook app, online poker software, etc.
Connection speed is also a sensible matter here. As web proxy is a free service, lots of Internet users are using it. It puts a heavy load on the server which may result in a slow connection. Nevertheless at NordVPN we offer up to 1GBPS server speeds with many locations. Also, free web proxy cannot offer the connection stability as our VPN does. Our custom software even has an automatic reconnection feature in case the VPN connection drops. It allows you to stream video online without any interruption.
What also concerns anonymous web proxy users is the speed and bandwidth limits. Lots of services impose such limit. However, NordVPN does not limit, monitor or in any other way block connections speeds. Also, bandwidth is unlimited which enables you to download as much data as you like. It may not be possible with a web proxy server.
Finally, if you are using free web proxy we would strongly recommend you to reconsider your thoughts on your privacy and start using VPN which is way better. Seriously, way way better.