What is the difference between a Proxy and a VPN?


Both of these technologies will protect your privacy and mask your location by hiding your IP address. However, they both work in slightly different ways.

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How a Proxy server works

A Proxy server acts as a gateway to your software. For example, your Internet Provider is a gateway to the internet. The same idea applies to proxies.

When an individual uses a web browser, they normally communicate directly with the internet. With a proxy server, the proxy communicates with the internet on their behalf.

The biggest and most important difference between a proxy and a VPN is proxies (aside from SSH proxies) are not encrypted.

How an anonymous VPN works

An anonymous VPN will protect and encrypt your entire internet connection, by redirecting all of your traffic through our secure network. Unlike a proxy, which only secures your torrent client or web browser, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) secures 100% of your internet access.

This includes all of the software running on your device, such as games, e-mail, streaming apps, web browsers, P2P clients, and any other applications that connect to the web.

With a fully anonymous VPN server, you can enjoy enhanced privacy and security regardless of your geographic location.

Why choose VirtualShield?

We have a completely 100% Zero Logs policy, which means we don't track, monitor, or know what you do online. We also do not filter or censor any of your internet traffic. This may sound standard, but you'd be amazed how many VPNs (both paid and free) violate these basic principles.

We have apps available for all of your favorite devices, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, and more. Our apps are constantly under development to improve our users' experience, and we have lots of new security features coming soon.

We also offer an exclusive service called VPN Plus, that allows you to automatically block ads, trackers, and malware from ever reaching your device for a safer, and more enjoyable browsing experience.

Our support team is here to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you need any assistance or have any questions regarding your account.

Common Questions

Can I use both at the same time?
You can, however it is not recommended. If you connect using both at the same time they might interfere with each other, and reduce your speed(s).
I use a free VPN, am I still protected?
Yes and no. Free VPNs collect your information, and sell it to advertisers. Learn more about the difference between free VPNs and paid ones here.

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