In modern conditions, content published on the pages of Internet sites is thoroughly checked for compliance with censorship requirements, and all kinds of bans are provided for violators. But everything that is forbidden attracts increased interest, and therefore more and more users are thinking about ways to bypass locks and gain access to blocked resources. For this purpose, many begin to understand the proxy settings for iPhone and iPad.
What is a proxy server and why is it needed
As an illustrative example, you can try to go to any blocked site, which until recently was available for downloading movies, music and various software. This action will fail as an error notification appears on the screen. There are an incredible number of such sites on the Internet today. A proxy is used to bypass the established restrictions and gain access to the required content.
It is important to understand that when visiting various resources, the user leaves his data on the network (information about the device, location, IP address). For some reason, site owners can impose access restrictions for different users. In most cases, sifting occurs by the 'location' parameter.
Intermediary servers come to the aid of those who have fallen under the restrictions. When connecting to them, information about the user is replaced by another one that does not fall under the established prohibitions. In most cases, this approach brings positive results. Similar intermediaries have already been created in all countries of the world, so bypassing location blocking is not a big problem.
The specificity of proxy servers implies not only the substitution of device and location data – the user is given the opportunity to hide his real IP.
However, complete anonymity cannot be achieved. At the request of law enforcement agencies and the corresponding court order, proxy owners are required to provide information regarding user requests. That is, if necessary, the user can always be 'calculated'. But most often the IP is hidden to ensure their own security.
Restricting access to some sites is more of interest to owners of firms and companies seeking to discipline their subordinates working on a PC.
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There are free and paid intermediaries. In the first case, problems with speed immediately appear. If you can find a free, fast-working version, then soon it is guaranteed to go into the paid category. It all depends on the popularity of the service.
The owners of paid versions are interested in retaining and attracting new customers. Therefore, they maintain the quality of the services provided at a high level, strive to attract customers by any means.
Free server services imply an independent selection of a suitable option. When connecting through a paid proxy, the user only needs to study the top ten servers. If a person does not have any critical requirements, then the selection and connection procedure will not take much time.
How to set up a proxy server to iPhone or iPad
To configure a iPhone or iPad proxy server, you need to complete 4 steps:
- In the 'Settings' application, select the Wi-Fi section.
- Next to the network display press the 'i' button.
- In the window that opens, at the bottom there is the 'HTTP Proxy' section.
- In it, you should select the item 'Manual'.
- The IP address and port of the proxy server are entered in the 'Service' and 'Port' fields. Below is a field for entering a password for access.
After these simple manipulations, the mobile device will send its data through the selected intermediary.
How proxy differs from vpn
Users who are poorly versed in the settings and nuances of network functioning are unlikely to notice any difference between a VPN and a proxy server. For them, the main differences are in the name and connection method. But there is a difference, it lies in data encryption.
The user must understand that this method of data transmission does not guarantee complete anonymity. It is less vulnerable than a proxy connection and harder to detect. When using a proxy, the IP address and the traffic itself are easily tracked by the owner of the resource and even by third parties.
What does a VPN do in this case? As already mentioned, this option involves encrypting the transmitted data using SSL certificates. This is done using special programs that are provided by the provider. The user just needs to install them on their mobile device or PC.
It is still possible to trace the IP address, but only the ISP will be able to decrypt the intercepted data. Note that companies providing such services are not at all interested in decrypting customer information.
On iPhones, the VPN activation function is available in the settings. To do this, go to the 'General' tab and find the 'VPN' line.