5 Reasons to Choose HTTPS Proxies Over SOCKS5
HTTPS proxies are a great tool for accessing web pages or websites via a web browser without any restrictions or limitations. The main benefit of using any type of proxy server is that your identity and actual location will stay hidden. Hence, content concealed based on geographical areas can be viewed easily with the help of a proxy server.
There are various types of proxy servers embedded with different features and techniques, but HTTPS proxies and SOCKS proxies are far more common and stand out among the others.
Even though their characteristics differ from each other, they are the most common types used by companies. With a better understanding, you’ll be able to switch between proxy types and port numbers to gain the maximum benefit in a situation.
This article will help you understand both HTTPS proxies and SOCKS5 and their differences while operating as web servers.
What are HTTPS (SSL) Proxies?
HTTPS proxy is, in fact, the HTTP proxy with the letter “S,” which means that the HTTP connection is supported with SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) making it more secure. This proxy is mostly used for sending sensitive information.
HTTP proxies can process requests from applications that only use HTTP as their protocol. Using HTTP proxies becomes a better option as data transferred using them becomes unreadable even if intercepted.
HTTPS proxies are considered to be higher level proxies.
What are SOCKS Proxies?
Secure Sockets proxy, generally known as SOCKS is a proxy server used for general needs.
It establishes a TCP connection with another server on behalf of the client, and once the proxy connection is successful, data can be exchanged between the client and the SOCKS server.
SOCKS proxies can work with most connections or protocols.
With a SOCKS proxy, you can access websites that prevent regular internet access using a firewall. Moreover, it can also be used to grant access for a TCP that has been blocked.
There are two protocol versions used by this proxy:
SOCKS4 – Supports TCP connections only.
SOCKS 5 – An updated version of SOCKS 4. It supports UDP, TCP, login and password authorization, and also remote DNS-query.
Using Port Numbers
Being attentive about the port number that your proxy uses is essential. It is because a specific proxy may require a particular port number for communication to create a connection and function properly.
Once a specific port number is assigned to a proxy, the data communication is done through that port. SOCKS protocol can use most of the port numbers while HTTPS requires you to make use of port 443 very often, and port 80 for HTTP.