I’m forever being asked about free proxies or VPNs, because it’s the internet and you can find everything for free somewhere – right? Well although that’s true that you can download pirated games and films, stream pirated copies of music and cracked versions of computer software. However there’s a fundamental difference with proxies and VPN servers and such material – that is they cost money to supply and keep running. Every single byte of data passing through these servers incurs a cost, plus if they are going to be safe and not siphon off your personal details or riddle your PC with viruses, they need ongoing support from technical staff.
It all costs money and without a subscription charge it’s simply doesn’t make sense. So that free proxy server you found online is either hacked or being used to install malware or steal your login credentials. Want to swap the use of a proxy for free access to your Paypal and email account ? Well that’s effectively what you’re doing using these proxies and VPNs that you can find online for free.
There is another reason, not to use free servers apart from the security risk and that’s speed. Even ignoring the privacy concerns anything available for free is going to run like it’s connected to an dial up 28.8k modem, if you remember these you ain’t going to want to relive the experience. Without speed connecting your entire online experience through an intermediate server is going to be very, very painful and streaming video is just not going to work. To access the wonderful world of American based media sites for example you’ll need a fast USA proxy to maintain sanity.
This video demonstrates how to access the AMC site which has some of my favorite shows – including the Walking Dead. This streams perfectly across private proxy services that had enough bandwidth and throughput without endless buffering. There’s nothing to stop you trying to find a fast, free proxy service of course, and you might argue that if you only stream videos and don’t access anything confidential you’ll be ok. The reality is that the risks will still exist but you won’t actually find a fast one anyway.