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Public IP proxy server services remain popular alongside personal virtual private networks. This is mostly because they are more well-known. Also, they are mostly free, and can grant access to most country-specific content. This is just fine if the purpose is only to hide your original IP for a while by making it look like you have an IP from a different country. Other than that, it would be a mistake to think that a proxy service can replace a personal VPN service.
Your Traffic and Data are Not Secure on a Proxy Server
The first point is security. Public IP proxy services do not encrypt the data that you are sending out. Anything that you type into a website can potentially be viewed by anyone with the right tools. Consider what you do on the Internet. What you send in an email or instant message might be monitored by your ISP, the government, or hackers. If they get this information, it doesn’t matter what proxy server IP you use. You are vulnerable and the data they gather can be used to hurt you. If this information is stored by the proxy server, a hacker can find it. A personal VPN service, on the other hand, encrypts your data so it cannot be read. This means you and your data are safe. (Read more: http://computer.howstuffworks.com/vpn7.htm)
Privacy and anonymity go hand-in-hand with security. Without the security, you are still visible. The point is that proxies are not untraceable. With a proxy server IP, your location is discoverable, and hackers can gain access to your computer and the data stored there. (Read more: http://underurhat.com/privacy/internet-browsing/using-proxies/) Proxies are often used to get around website blocks. They are therefore undesirable to those who are implementing the blocks. Because they are easy to trace, many proxies get shut down fast. This makes the service unreliable. Moreover, once the connection is traced back to you, you are also subject to penalties imposed by those who put the blocks in place. Anti-piracy and illegal file-sharing laws will apply to you. If it’s a hacker who finds you, your data is up for grabs. A personal VPN service secures your traffic so you cannot be traced. If no one knows where you are on the web, no one can spy on you.
Your Identity is Secure with a Personal VPN Service
There is one point about anonymity that needs clarification. Many prefer public IP proxies because these services do not require the user to reveal their identities. With paid VPN services, a subscriber’s name is revealed to the provider because it is on their credit cards, PayPal accounts, etc. This is dangerous in countries where the use of proxies and VPNs is illegal. We can understand your worry if you are in this group. However, proxy server administrators have access to the usernames and passwords you use to log in to different websites. This is more dangerous. Moreover, what you may not know is that by using a good VPN service, you will not be traced. Your original IP is totally hidden and therefore no one can connect you with the personal VPN service. And governments can’t just call up all the VPN providers and get a list of subscribers then look through them for your name.
Get Unlimited Access at High Speeds with a Personal VPN Service
Many public proxy services contain lists of IPs that are supplied by user volunteers. Once these IPs become popular, they get overloaded and slow down. In addition, not all these IPs can access all the content you need. You can go through the list and test them, but this is inconvenient and time-consuming. With a personal VPN service, you have a recommended list where you can be sure of good speeds without having to test them.
At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. Nothing is free. And if you consider the costs of low security and inconvenience, you will be better off with a personal VPN service that covers the bases.