Why Do You Need to Use Web Proxy Extensions if You’re on a VPN?

If you’re reading this, I assume you’re already within Facebook’s ecosystem and that you’ve heard of the service. It’s one of the most popular social media platforms with over a billion active monthly users. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up for free here: https://www.facebook.com/.

You’ll see several options along with the option to join Facebook via an iOS or Android mobile device. If you choose the latter, you’ll be given the option to download the Facebook app from the Google Play store or apple store.

When you load the app, as expected you’ll be presented with a login screen. For security purposes, Facebook performs a one-time check on your IP address to make sure you’re not being tracked by third party servers. This is fairly standard practice for most large e-commerce websites and social media platforms.

What is a Web Proxy Extension?

Web Proxy Extensions are similar to VPNs in that they allow you to access content that is blocked or censored on the internet. So, in other words, they work like a charm when you’re trying to access content that is banned in your country or region. However, a web proxy extension has several key differences from a VPN.

The first key difference is that a web proxy extension is a completely free service. Once you complete the signup process you’ll have full access to the internet via a VPN or web proxy extension. The second key difference is the level of security that each provides. A VPN will encrypt all of your traffic and route it through a server that is not under your control. A web proxy extension will only decrypt and route your traffic to servers that you’ve authorized.

As previously mentioned, getting started with a web proxy extension is a breeze. Once you’ve signed up, you can immediately begin using the service. To get to the point, simply browse to settings on the main menu of the Facebook app. Here you’ll see a link for Proxies. Clicking this link will bring you to your Proxies settings.

What you’ll see here is a list of all of the proxies that Facebook has arranged for the service. To add a new proxy, click the + button at the top of the list. You’ll then be presented with a configuration screen.

Why Do You Need to Configure Your Proxy?

Configuring your proxy is essential if you want to use it. This is where you’ll enter the credentials (usually a username and password) of the proxy server. Ensure that you’ve entered these credentials correctly and that you’re using a VPN or web proxy extension that is authorized by you. If you use an unapproved or fake proxy, you’ll be risking your privacy and security.

It’s also important to note that you need to do this only once for each proxy. If you add a new proxy and then decide to remove it and use a different one, you’ll have to enter the new credentials each time you use the app.

How Do You Know What Country or Region to Use?

One of the most important things to consider when using a VPN or Web Proxy are the regulations and restrictions that you’re likely to encounter. Some countries and regions are more restrictive than others when it comes to the type of content that you’re legally allowed to access. For instance, if you’re connecting from the US you might want to use a VPN that is based in Italy or Spain, when connecting from Japan you might want to use a VPN that is based in the Netherlands or Belgium.

You should be aware of these regulations beforehand and ensure that you have a VPN (or proxy) that complies with them. Bear in mind that some websites and services might not be available in your area because of these regulations. Using an unapproved VPN in a country that is restricted in terms of the content that you’re able to access is a sure way to land yourself in trouble. It’s also important to note that if you’re using a VPN (or any kind of proxy) in a country where the content you’re accessing is illegal, you’re assisting in the facilitation of copyright infringement. Therefore, if you’re ever questioned about this by the authorities, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find yourself in a bit of a pickle.

So if you’re on the move and you want to use the internet on the go, then it’s well worth considering a VPN (or Web Proxy) because of all of the fantastic features that they provide. Not only do you get the ability to access restricted content but you also get the peace of mind that comes with private and secure browsing. And who knows – maybe one day you’ll even find yourself in a situation where you need an internet kill switch just to keep your personal info secure!

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