If you are a freelancer residing in Turkey, the last few days have been a difficult period of doing business. Following last week Internet block of file transfer services like Google Drive or Dropbox, freelancers located in restrictive countries are finding it difficult to run their online businesses.
However, with the help of anonymity tools such as private proxies of VPNs, freelancers can still conduct their businesses is a normal manner.
WHAT TOOLS CAN FREELANCERS USE
Every freelancer has different needs. For example a freelance writer will need fewer Internet services to use than a freelance web developer.
However, no matter what freelance business are you in, you will need to use either VPNs, virtual private networks or private proxy servers.
At first, for you the only difference is the cost associated with either tool. But, if you dig deeper, there are other differences that you need to take into account.
WHY PRIVATE PROXY SERVERS ARE A BETTER OPTION FOR FREELANCERS
For businesses and agencies, a VPNs is recommended rather than a private proxy server. But for cash-strapped freelancers, a private proxy is more appropriate.
First of all, a VPN will encrypt and divert all your system’s traffic. VPNs are a safe option if you need to transfer and interact with sensitive data. Even though your freelance projects are sensitive, usually they don’t contain much personal data or financial information, therefore a VPN will be more than you need.
As a freelancer, you need to control your costs. Therefore, for the same result of transferring sensitive data, you can opt in for a cheaper alternative. This alternative is offered by SSL encrypted private proxies.
These private proxies encrypt the traffic from the proxy server to your device. Therefore they offer the same protection level as if you would connect your device straight to the on-line services.
WHAT TYPE OF PROXIES DO YOU NEED
At first, avoid any public proxy list, or any other proxy IP found on-line. They are not safe and some of them are even sniffing sensitive data.
You will need to opt in for private proxies. These are HTTPS proxies that let you connect any on-line app to any website.
Depending on how you are going to use these proxies, you can go for either cheap shared proxies or virgin private proxies.
If you need to use private proxies only when Internet blocks are enforced, you can buy a cheap shared proxy and have it park. When Internet blocks occurs, you can connect your Internet browser through your proxy. You will be able to connect as if no Internet block occurred.
However, if you need to use your proxy or proxies for promotion and marketing, you can go for virgin private proxies. These proxies can be use for social media marketing. They are virgin proxies because they have never been used before for social media. Thus they can be used without any restriction, letting you promote your business on multiple social media platforms.
THE PERFECT TOOL FOR YOUR PRIVACY
Bottom line, there is no perfect tool, because every privacy need is unique. As mentioned above, some freelancers will need private proxies for their business, while others will have a better outcome if they opt in for VPNs and encrypt their Internet traffic at a system level, rather than app level.
Both VPNs and private proxies present advantages and disadvantages. A VPN will encrypt your whole Internet traffic at a system level. Making it safe, but at the same time, it will slow down your Internet connection, due to encryption requirements.
At the same time, private proxies are faster, easier to implement and they are also cheaper. But the main disadvantage of private proxies is that if the proxy is not SSL encrypted, somebody might be able to sniff your Internet traffic and get sensitive data.
TO WRAP UP
If you are a freelance working from Turkey, chances are your business have encountered some difficulties due to October 2016 block of file transfer services.
In order to avoid this inconveniences in the future, you have to opt in and implement anonymity tools. You need to choose only one anonymity tool. Two of the most used and safe anonymity tools are VPNs and private proxies.
Depending on your business needs, you have to go for either one or the other. A VPN will encrypt your whole traffic at a system level, while private proxies will divert and even encrypt traffic generated by an app of your choice.
For freelancers, due to their normal security requirements and cost effectiveness, private proxies are better suited than VPNs.
Private proxies offer everything a freelancer needs. They are cheap, available anytime, and they encrypt the traffic if they are SSL encrypted proxies.