I have heard that a VPN encrypts your data but a proxy doesn't.

So a proxy that encrypts your data is the same thing as a VPN?

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A Virtual Private Network VPN works at the network layer, and you could use it to route any network traffic, while a proxy could be many things. E.g. a SOCKS proxy proxies TCP connections and an SSH tunnel could be used for similar purposes than a VPN, but you are more likely referring to a HTTP proxy, that forward HTTP request. Nevertheless, proxy with an encryption doesn't equal a VPN, and technically they are two very different things.

  • Thank you, i dont really understand, both proxy and vpn can route the network traffic and encrypt your data
    – Zheer
    Aug 13, 2019 at 16:30
  • @Zheer: you can both use a bike or a car to transport things. This does not mean that a bike and a car are the same. VPN and proxies have some use cases in common, but they are not the same and they don't have all use cases in common. Aug 13, 2019 at 16:42
  • Exactly, and a bike with an engine is still not a car (a moped at most), despite you can now use it for transportation without all the pedaling. Aug 13, 2019 at 17:17

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