What is a proxy? What is a VPN?

A proxy is a network service that allows an indirect connection to another network service. This allows you to conceal your online identity.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network technology that creates a secure network connection over a public network such as the Internet or a private network owned by a service provider. Virtual Private Network technology employs sophisticated encryption to ensure security and prevent any unintentional interception of data between private sites. All traffic over a VPN is encrypted using algorithms to secure data integrity and privacy.