Proxies are different. It is because sometimes different purposes involve the use of different types of protocols.
What is the SOCKS5 protocol?
Just imagine: your computer is point A, and the site you want to visit is point B. A network protocol is a road or bridge that allows you to move from one point to another. There are several protocols. SOCKS proxy is the most reliable of them.
SOCKS 4/5 is a network protocol through which data from one device is sent to another device through a third one. The third device through which everything passes is called the SOCKS server.
SOCKS 5 is a new type protocol. It is considered more anonymous. It is customary to compare the SOCKS protocol with its predecessor HTTPS. Here are a few advantages of this type protocol.
- There are no HTTP headers.
HTTPS proxies transmit HTTP headers where you can see the user’s real IP address. Still, SOCKS avoids this. In addition, thanks to the SOCKS protocol, the very use of a proxy is hidden.
- IPv4 and IPv6 support
SOCKS support both IPv4 and IPv6. HTTPS means IPv4 only. However, the entire Internet works via the IPv4 protocol now. Still, it is only for now. IPv4 addresses have already run out, and it is likely that in the next 5 years we will see a global transition to the “6”.
- IP Address chains
SOCKS5 allows you to build chains of IP addresses, while HTTPS does not have such an opportunity. It is not necessary to build such chains in order to bypass blocking, but there is nowhere without tunnels for more advanced cases.
SOCKS5 proxy is a more anonymous protocol by default, which hides the use of the proxy itself.
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