Pros and Cons of a Proxy Server


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Pros

  • Proxies serve as web filters. Settings are applied directly to web browsers, regardless of which one is being used i.e. Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari
  • Depending on the type of server you are connected to, you can benefit from all of its features too. This can include location, speed and security as well.
  • Proxies only secure any and all traffic passing through the web browser, and only as long as appropriate settings have been set in place.

Cons

  • Proxy protocols are limited to HTTP, HTTPS and SOCKS. HTTP and SOCKS offers no encryption, while HTTPS does, even though it is the same as what is available on SSL websites.
  • Since proxies are specifically designed to cater to browsers, they do not protect all of your internet traffic.
  • Proxies are more or less unreliable, and can be a nuisance for those who are particularly concerned about their online security as they tend to pass the user’s original IP address to destination sites.
  • Proxies need to be configured manually for different applications. What is even more troublesome is the fact that not all applications support proxies in the first place.
  • Some free proxies are known to infect a user’s device, effectively turning it into a bot.

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