A proxy server is used to hide a user's real IP address, and thus allows the user to surf the Internet securely and anonymously. Additionally, a proxy server can encrypt the transmitted data.
Depending on the protocol, there are four main proxy types: HTTP, HTTPS, SOCKS4, SOCKS5.
HTTP – a standard proxy server. It is used for anonymous Internet surfing.
HTTPS – a subtype of standard proxy that supports encryption and is used for secure connection.
SOCKS – this proxy server has subtypes, including SOCKS4 and SOCKS5, and is not intended for a work with content. This protocol is used by many Internet messengers (MailAgent, ICQ, etc).
First of all, proxy servers guarantee the user anonymity by hiding his IP address and providing a secure connection. This is particularly important when connected to a public Wi-Fi connection.
An unsecure connection without proxy usage can result in a situation where all of your passwords and actions are available to hackers behind your back. This can definitely be dangerous for your privacy!
Depending on your required parameters and functions, you can choose the type of proxy server that will fully fit your needs
When you select a proxy server, you should take note of the following parameters: