Web Proxy VS HTTP Proxy

Web proxy has encryption functions but it can’t support many sites. HTTP proxy is faster than web proxy and support all the sites. But it has no encryption.

Web proxy and HTTP proxy are two common methods for anonymously browsing. Many people use them to hide their real IP and protect online privacy. However, which one is faster, more reliable and better for surfing?

Web Proxy

Web proxy is the easiest way to hide IP. Web proxy is a website with a address bar. Just input the URL of blocked site into that bar and click the “Surf” button. Web proxy will fetch the web page for you showing on its own site. You can try our web proxy here.

Web Proxy

HTTP Proxy

HTTP proxy is a IP:Port pair (ex. All the browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari and others) support the proxy option. When you set a proxy in browser, the proxy will fetch the web pages for your browser. The websites regard the IP of proxy as your IP so it cannot trace your real IP.

Http Proxy List

Proxy Compatibility

Web proxy has problems with flash and javascript. With some special code, web proxy manages to support youtube. But it can’t support hulu and other video websites. If a website uses javascript heavily, web proxy can’t support it usually.

For that reason, web proxy have to redirect users to the mobile/lite version of facebook, twitter, gmail, hotmail and yahoo mail. Web proxy can’t support the full functions of them.

In contrast, HTTP proxy supports all the websites perfectly. It’s because HTTP proxy is the built-in function of browser while web proxy is a website to simulate a proxy server.

Loading Speed

Web proxy needs to rewrite all the links of pages. It parses the html, style and script files of pages then rewrites all the links. It takes much time to do that. HTTP proxy doesn’t modify the pages. It only fetches pages for browser so it’s much faster than web proxy.

Moreover web proxy is usually written in PHP or CGI which is slower than C/C++. Most HTTP proxy is written in C/C++ so it’s faster.


HTTP proxy only fetches the pages for browser. It can’t modify the pages so it can’t encrypt the traffic. In contrast, web proxy can encrypt the URLs as well as the pages. There may be problem if you enable page encryption. With URL encryption, you can bypass most firewalls.

Enhanced Proxy

HTTP proxy is faster than web proxy and compatible with all the websites. But it doesn’t have encryption function so it can’t bypass the firewall with content filtering.

My IP Hide better than web proxy

Our service My IP Hide is a enhanced proxy service. It adds the encryption function into HTTP proxy service. It can set the proxy options of your browser automatically. You need not to do any settings for your browser. My IP Hide has all the advantages of web proxy and HTTP proxy. It’s the best method for anonymously surfing.

Public Proxy VS Private Proxy

There are 2 types of proxy, public proxy and private proxy. Public proxy is open to public usage. Private proxy is only open to paid users.

There are two types of proxy, public proxy and private proxy. Public proxy is open to public usage. Private proxy is only open to paid users.

Public Proxy

Public proxy as known as open proxy is open to public usage. Every one can use it. Because of the lack of access control, the public proxy may be used by too many people. It makes the public proxy stop working if the number of users exceeds its capability. If a public proxy can be found easily on the Internet, it will die very fast. However it will work again when less people use it. Thus public proxy is usually unstable.

Though public proxy can usually keep working for only several hours, it has its advantages. You can find and use them for free. There are lots of public proxies on the Internet. You can use them to change your IP frequently. If you don’t know how to find them by yourself, you can buy our checked public proxy list. We update our public proxy list every day and check them from time to time. It ensures there are enough working proxies in the list.

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Private Proxy

Private proxy is only open to paid users. You need to pay for the private proxy. It has good uptime. You usually need to input username and passord to use private proxy. The private proxy vendors control how long you can use their private proxy.

Our private proxy service is My IP Hide. It’s encrypted private proxy service. It can unblock websites (ex. Facebook and Youtube) as well as change your IP.

Private Proxy Service

The private proxy service is available 24/7. It’s hosted on our dedicated servers. We monitor the status of them every minute. It ensures that our users can always use our service whenever they need.

Socks Proxy VS HTTP Proxy

A post about the difference between socks proxy and HTTP proxy, how to get, check and use socks proxy or HTTP proxy.

There are two types of proxy, socks proxy and HTTP proxy. When we say “proxy” or “proxy server” without the type, we are referring to HTTP proxy.

HTTP Proxy

The most proxies we find on Internet are HTTP proxy. HTTP stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol which is used in surfing. It means HTTP proxy is used for surfing in browsers.

Http Proxy List

HTTP proxy may be configured to either reveal or hide the end user’s IP address, depending on the administrator’s preference. Proxy Anonymity is determined by whether or not the proxy reveal your real IP address.

There are three levels of HTTP proxy according the anonymity.

High Anonymous Proxy (Level 1): The web server can’t detect whether you are using a proxy by the information your browser sent.
Anonymous Proxy (Level 2): The web server knows that you are probably using a proxy, but it can’t detect your real IP.
Transparent Proxy (Level 3): The web server knows that you are using a proxy and it can also detect your real IP address.

Socks Proxy

Socks proxy is versatile proxy for all your Internet usage while the HTTP proxy can only be used for surfing. You can use socks proxy to send email, transfer files, chat online, play games as well as surf websites.

Socks Proxy List

There are two versions of socks proxy: version 4 and 5, as known as socks4 and socks5. Socks5 supports UDP (Skype needs it), name resolution and authentication while socks4 not. In most cases, either socks4 or socks5 proxy is applicable.

Difference between Socks and HTTP Proxy

Socks proxy supports high anonymity and HTTPS (secure HTTP) naturally. All the socks proxies are highly anonymous. Every socks proxy support HTTPS websites (such as Paypal). You can hardly find HTTP proxies supporting both high anonymity and HTTPS.

There are two shortcomings of socks proxies. 1) Socks proxies are much less than HTTP proxies. 2) Less programs support socks proxy than HTTP proxy.

Use Socks Proxy and HTTP Proxy

Because proxies die fast, you need to check them before using them. You can use the free edition of our software Socks Proxy Checker or Elite Proxy Switcher to check the socks proxy or HTTP proxy.

Most browsers support both socks proxy and HTTP proxy. Double click the socks proxy or HTTP proxy in Socks Proxy Checker or Elite Proxy Switcher to set it as the active proxy for your browsers (IE, Chrome and Firefox). Please read this post if you want to use socks proxy in other programs beside browsers.

Get Socks Proxy and HTTP Proxy

You can get some free socks proxy and http proxy from us. You can also buy socks proxy and HTTP proxy list from us.

Working Proxy Live Shortly

Public proxies die fast. It’s usually because too many people are using them. If you need stable proxies, you can buy private proxies which are only open to paid users.

Usually a working proxy won’t live for long. It’s because too many people are using it. When you use a proxy, you are using the resource on the proxy server such as its CPU, memory and bandwidth which are all limited.

Public Working Proxy

Most working proxies on the Internet are public proxy which are open to everyone. Because of the lack of access control, the working proxy will die if the number of users exceeds the capability of the server. If a working proxy can be found easily on the Internet, it usually lives very shortly.

Working Proxy Die

Check Working Proxy

Thus a working proxy usually can live for only several hours. You should check whether the proxies are still working before using them. Our software Elite Proxy Switcher can help you to check the availability of proxies as well as the speed and anonymity. Some dead proxies may become working again. It’s because its users change to other proxies and its load become normal again.

Check Working Proxy

Buy Working Proxy

If you don’t want to test the proxies, you can just buy checked proxy list from us. Our premium proxy list is updated every minute. It ensures that every proxy in the list is working and anonymous. It’s for the users who want to get working proxies quickly without testing a big list. Windows XP users may have problem checking proxies. The premium list is best for them.

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Private Working Proxy

If you need a working proxy living for a long time, you need to buy a private proxy. Our software My IP Hide is an encrypted private proxy service which can unblock websites as well as change your IP.

Private Working Proxy

The private proxy service is available 24/7. It’s hosted on our dedicated servers. We monitor the status of them every minute. It ensures that our users can always use our service whenever they need.

Proxy Port and Proxy Type

It seems that the proxy port usually determines the proxy type. For example a proxy on the port 3128 is usually a HTTP proxy and a proxy with port 1080 is usually a Socks proxy. It’s because 3128/1080 is the default port of the proxy server software.

Default Proxy Port

Squid (a famous HTTP proxy server software) uses 3128 as its default port. So many proxies are on the port 3128. Many socks proxy server programs use 1080 as the default port. So many socks proxies are using the port 1080. However there are many proxy server programs using the different default port. For example, many proxy server programs use 8080 as the default port.

Common Proxy Port

There are the common proxy port which are used by most proxies.

HTTP Proxy: 80 443 808 3128 8080 8118
Socks Proxy: 1080 8080

There are some reasons why the proxy administrator choose those ports. The 80/443 port is the default for HTTP/HTTPS web server. Company won’t block those ports. 8080 is the HTTP alternate port which is commonly used for web proxy and caching server. 3128 is the default port of Squid. 8118 is the default port of Privoxy, an content-filtering HTTP proxy. I don’t know why so many proxies are on the port 808. Maybe it’s just because 808 is similar to 80 and 8080.

Possible Proxy Port

I checked our latest HTTP proxy list. There are 4476 proxies on the common port among the total 6523 proxies. The remaining 2047 proxies are on different ports. I compiled the ports that used by many proxies FYI.

Possible HTTP Port: 81 82 83 84 85 86 88 1337 3124 3127 3129 6515 6588 6666 6675 8000 8001 8008 8081 8082 8085 8088 8090 8123 8800 8888 8909 9000 9415 36081 54321 60099

I didn’t complied the possible ports of socks proxy. It’s because few of them use the same port except 1080 and 8080.

Judge Proxy Type

But you should know that proxy port absolutely depends on the settings of the proxy administrator. The admin can set a http proxy running on 1080 (default socks port) or set a socks proxy running on 3128 (default http port) easily.

The best way to know the type of proxy is to test it. If a proxy is shown working in Elite Proxy Switcher, it’s a HTTP proxies. If a proxy is shown working in Socks Proxy Checker, it’s a socks proxy.

However it’s a fast way to judge the type of a proxy roughly by its port without testing it.

Google Proxy is Precious

Proxies that support searching on Google are called Google proxy. Many SEO (Search Engine Optimization) programs make large number of queries on Google to get information such as ranks and competitors. They should use a Google proxy to avoid being banned by Google.

Google Verification Page

If your IP is suspect, Google may show a page to verify that you are a human instead of robot. Google allow using proxies as long as you can pass this human verification.

Google Proxy is banned

You can submit the characters in the picture to continue to use Google search. However your SEO program usually can’t do that as you. You can’t use that proxy to search Google in your SEO program. You have to find clean proxies so that Google won’t show that verification page.

How to Check Google Proxy

How to find those clean proxies? The professional edition of Elite Proxy Switcher 1.20 has the feature. It can check whether a proxy supports searching on Google. You can then export the Google proxies into a text file by ctrl+c and ctrl+v so that your SEO program can use them. If you manually use the proxy to search on Google, you need not to test this feature. It’s because you can easily pass the human verification.

Google Blocks Proxy

Some proxies may become Google proxy if someone passes that verification using it. This entitles the proxy to use Google for some time. After a while it needs verification again. It’s why the testing result of some proxy may change from time to time. However not every proxy can become Google proxy. Google blocks some proxies permanently because of the serious abuse. If you are using those proxies on Google, you will see this page.

Google Proxy is permanently banned

Google Proxy is Precious

We tested 2540 proxies. There are only 67 Google proxies among the 718 working proxies. Google proxy is really precious.