Common Mistakes Made By Proxy Users
Enhancing your online privacy is most effectively achieved through the use of proxies, whether it be an HTTP proxy or a SOCKS5 proxy.
This article aims to provide valuable insights into proxies and proxy speed. A proxy server acts as an intermediary between two communicating parties—the client (you) and the server. During this process, there is no direct communication between the client and the server. As the proxy server sends requests for various resources, it serves as the intermediary for all requests. While there's abundant information on proxies, some of it remains general and may not address the fundamental questions of a proxy user. This often leads to confusion when individuals purchase private proxies or static residential proxies and find that they don't fulfill all the promises made by the proxy provider. This article seeks to clarify common misconceptions about proxy servers in general and proxy speed.
Explore the following prevalent mistakes made by proxy users to enhance your proxy usage skills!
1. Confusion between HTTPS proxies and SOCKS proxies
Understanding the difference between HTTP/HTTPS proxies and SOCKS5:
A SOCKS proxy establishes connections at the TCP level, while an HTTP proxy interprets traffic at the HTTP level. In simple terms, SOCKS proxies work with all types of protocols, whereas HTTP proxies can only handle HTTP traffic. Technically, SOCKS proxy servers establish TCP-type connections to remote servers at the client's request, routing traffic between the client and the server. HTTPS proxies operate similarly but can be used by clients behind a firewall that restricts constant TCP connections to external servers. Unlike SOCKS servers, HTTPS proxies can interpret network traffic between the client and the downstream server, specifically the HTTP protocol. Though HTTPS proxies handle only HTTP traffic, they do so intelligently, identifying successive requests and caching replies for improved performance. Today, most ISPs offer HTTPS proxies, irrespective of browser configurations, as all traffic is routed through the proxy server on port 80.
2. Proxy speed is always slower than your Internet Connection. Do not buy proxies to increase your internet speed, all your requests will pass through a proxy server.
Acquiring a private proxy or static residential proxy to boost internet speed is not a recommended choice. Proxies won't enhance your speed; in fact, they may slightly slow it down as all data passes through the proxy server before reaching the intended server.
3. Setting up proxies with a random port
Most proxy providers furnish a proxy list containing IP addresses and a port for connection to HTTPS or SOCKS5 proxies. This port number pertains only to the connection between your computer and the proxy server, not the connection to the desired website. Therefore, avoid setting up proxies with a port different from the one assigned by your provider. Many first-time proxy users attempt to use port 80 and encounter connection issues, not because port 80 is closed, but because a specific port is required for the proxy connection.
4. Attempting to conceal your location while the browser language differs from English
Modern websites employ advanced detection systems. Using a USA proxy with a browser set to Russian may raise suspicions. Besides the browser language, adjust your time settings. An American accessing a USA website would not display European time. Never underestimate the scrutiny of the websites you're trying to access.