Hi! We’re FoxyProxy. Nice to meet you. Welcome to The Fox Den, our brand spanking new blog feature. We’ll be bringing you news from around the internet, facts, occasional bad jokes, and product news.
A little bit about us, first. FoxyProxy was founded in 2006 by Eric, a computer scientist who successfully navigated the early frontier of The Internet and saw the need for a reliable Proxy/VPN service, so he set about starting his own company to provide it.
We’ve got long established roots, so you know we’re no fly by night start-up. We’re privately owned, so that means there is no Board of Directors sitting in the shadows, interested only in shareholder profit. We provide services for both individuals and corporations because we get that proxy and VPN services have real business value.
Free speech, free press, and transparency are near and dear to our hearts, which is why we donate money and resources to advocacy groups aligned with our principles.
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So, what is the difference between a proxy and VPN, anyway?
While they serve a similar function, they work differently. A proxy is a bit like a filter for your web browser, routing web traffic through the proxy server but not affecting things like apps or other programs on your computer, tablet, or phone which may connect to the internet.
A VPN routes all of your traffic through the VPN server, including all programs and apps which aren’t browser dependent.
Which would work better for you? Here’s a handy chart to break things down further for you. The good news is, both services are included with a paid subscription!
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Each technology has advantages and disadvantages:
|Encryption||all data is encrypted end-to-end.||SSL connections: all data is encrypted end-to-end.
Non-SSL connections: No data is encrypted.
|Flexibility||You can not select which applications go through the VPN. All data sent/received by your computer passes through the VPN.||You can decide which applications go through the proxy and which applications use your direct internet connection.|
|Compatibility||If content (such as video) does not work with HTTP(s) proxies, it will definitely work with the VPN since the VPN is invisible to content/applications.||Some websites use special protocols that can not be properly handled by HTTP(s) proxies.|
|Support||OS/X, iOS, Windows, Android, any other appliances like the XBox, PS4, and even many network routers.||While all web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and IE support HTTP(s) proxies, other applications on your computer might not work with them.|
|Speed||VPN connections can be 1-3% slower than your regular connection because transmissions pass through an additional network hop.||Due to the use of server-side caching, your connection through the HTTP(s) proxy can sometimes be even faster than your direct connection.|