What is a SOCKS5 Proxy?

A SOCKS5 proxy is a great alternative to VPNs and HTTP proxies that protects the traffic within a specific source - for example application, browser, or other platform. SOCKS5 is the newest version of SOCKS - an internet protocol that routes your traffic through a remote server. While you are connected to a server with this technology, it changes your IP address and funnels all data packets through a proxy server which passes information to the destination afterwards. Compared to other proxies, SOCKS5 offers great safety features and authentication that removes a lot of security concerns. The main advantage of SOCKS5 is speed. SOCKS5 proxy is really fast and reliable because it transfers smaller data packets. That's why it usually offers high download speeds and lots of users configure SOCKS5 to various P2P file sharing websites and platforms.

What is better - VPN or SOCKS5 Proxy?

When it comes to a Virtual Private Network (VPN), the main goal is to encrypt your traffic and ensure a complete privacy online. As most proxies, SOCKS5 doesn't encrypt your data. Also, it doesn't change data packets headers that might contain your personal information and can be easily tracked down. That said, it's easier to identify SOCKS5 proxy usage, therefore this technology isn't a great choice if you need to bypass sophisticated firewalls. Even though it automatically improves overall performance and has a lower chance of errors, SOCKS does lack of privacy and security features compared to a VPN. We recommend going with SOCKS5 if you want to achieve the best speeds possible. If you are mainly concerned about protecting your data with bank-grade encryption, then choose a VPN.

SOCKS5 vs HTTP proxy

Today SOCKS5 Proxy is definitely a better solution than most HTTP proxies. First of all, SOCKS5 is a lower level proxy that can handle any kind of traffic. It makes SOCKS5 a wide-spread tool that can work with different request types including HTTP, HTTPS, POP3, SMTP, and FTP. HTTP proxies work only to retrieve information via a web browser while SOCKS5 can handle any program or protocol without limits. From a security point of view, SOCKS5 is also better as there are low chances of your data being revealed. Still, there might be some problems connecting SOCKS5 to different tools compatible only with classic proxies. It should be able to connect with the tools you generally use, but it makes sense to double-check it before.


How to setup SOCKS5 Proxy?

It's super easy to setup SOCKS5 Proxy with ZoogVPN. It can be configured on any supported app, including Telegram, uTorrent, BitTorrent, Vuze, Skype, and various browsers such as Firefox or Chrome.

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Create an account with ZoogVPN

Complete the simple registration process by this link.


Navigate to Settings > Proxy

Open the respective settings of the app where you want to connect proxy. Use TCP/1080 port, select "SOCKS5" proxy type, and enter the address of ZoogVPN server compatible with SOCKS5 proxy (you can find them here).


Authenticate and enjoy 🙂

Use your ZoogVPN login and password for the authentication and connect. That simple 🙂

Proxy for all digital needs

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Anonymous and safe browsing

When using SOCKS5 proxy, we give you an anonymous IP address, so you can browse privately and fast.

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No censorship & geo restrictions

With ZoogVPN Proxy solution, you will be able to access censored content, bypass geo restrictions, and use app blocked in your country.


P2P and torrenting

It's easy as 1,2,3 to use uTorrent, BitTorrent and other apps with our proxy and P2P-friendly network.


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