Some modern browsers are equipped with a built-in VPN client that allows the user to browse websites anonymously without the need to install additional software (VPN clients for Windows) or even extensions for the web browser itself. However, there is a Proxy program as well, and in this article, we are going to analyze proxy vs vpn.
What Is a Proxy?
This is a network technology that also makes it possible to spoof the IP address of the user’s device by replacing it with another one. Proxies, like VPNs, allow you to bypass a site blocked in the country or maintain anonymity on the Internet. Also, a proxy is protection against “vampire” scripts that collect information about users for commercial purposes: displaying personalized advertisements, mailings, analyzing behavioral patterns, etc.
Many articles and videos on the Internet devoted to troubleshooting certain malfunctions in Windows require starting the operating system in safe mode. Let’s figure out what it is for and how it runs in different versions of Windows, starting with XP.
The main reason for the existence of Proxy is to troubleshoot various system problems. The main difference between this model and the usual one (ie, simply turning on the computer) is that the system uses a strictly limited number of system programs, files, and drivers. In other words, many OS functions that work in normal boot mode do not function in safe mode.
Due to the fact that in safe mode device drivers (in addition to the standard ones built into the system, but not all) and system files responsible for the operation of a wide range of OS functions are not loaded in safe mode, many user-installed programs also cannot work. And the same goes for some malware.
From all of the above, we can draw the following conclusion about what Proxy is for:
- Identifying the cause of malfunctions or complete failure of the system to boot (the computer freezes, shuts down, reboots at the boot stage).
- Removing and troubleshooting device drivers.
- Identification of malware and viruses. Among other things, applications added to the startup list are not loaded in Safe Mode either.
- System Restore.
What Is a VPN? Its Main Differences
In the process of writing this review, attempts have been made to use web browsers with a built-in VPN function to connect to the network. Unfortunately, not all browsers function normally. We decided to save you time and tested the web browsers that appear on the first pages of search engines when you enter the query “browser with built-in VPN”.
To begin with, this browser doesn’t have a VPN feature built-in. When you install a web browser, a virtual network device driver – “TAP-Windows Adapter V9” is additionally installed on the computer, along with the “OpenVPN” software (that is, a separate “classic” VPN client). However, this VPN client is still managed from the browser interface, so it can hardly be called built-in.
It would seem that all that remains is to click on the “Connect to” button, and that’s it – the connection to the VPN will be completed. But something went wrong. The connection button was “renamed” to “Connecting …”, and that’s it – it just hung. Waiting for 5 minutes, 10 minutes – gave nothing. And during this wait, the Internet stopped working on the computer at all (but after closing the browser, everything worked again).