What is SOCKS5 and How to Use It for Your Benefit?Posted on 1st March 2019
Let’s talk about socks! Not the usual kind, of course, but the internet one. System administrators have a proven record of coming up with awesome names for their inventions, and this is not an exception. The full name of this Internet protocol is rather boring – Socket Security, hence SOCKS. Let’s have a more detailed look at why they are good for your connection.
Please, don’t put a sock over your router, though.
What is a SOCKS5 Proxy?
To put it simply, SOCKS5 is an Internet protocol used to reroute data packets through a proxy server. In other words, this means that your data travels to an intermediary proxy server, which gives it a random IP address and sends it to the destination server.
To sum up, using a SOCKS5 proxy will change your IP address, but it won’t encrypt your traffic. It is coverage without protection. However, it is still a great and free privacy tool. If you are not ready to invest in a VPN (though we really advise you to), then this technology can become a temporary substitute.
How to Use SOCKS5?
There are dozens of ways how you can use SOCKS5 to make browsing the web more comfortable and secure. Here we will examine just a few suggestions.
To Handle Content Blocks Effectively
SOCKS5 is a great way to get around content blocks. As it uses proxy servers to operate, it can act as a great and free way to mask your traffic. Since typically content blocks are location-based, this will help you to overcome those restrictions without any hustle.
At first, you send your request from your real IP address to a proxy server, which had its own address. Then the server sends your request to the target website, which can see the IP, but it’s the IP of the proxy, not yours. Hence you’ll be able to access the content because either the proxy is situated in a country where the service is available, or you are given an ability to choose the location.
To Use With Torrents and Other P2P Networks
We are not going to discuss here whether it’s ethical or not to use torrents, it’s a topic for a separate article. Let’s say you need to use a P2P network, no matter torrents or not. Then SOCKS5 is your go-to solution unless you have a VPN.
Compared to other proxy services, this one has shown better speed level when working with peer-to-peer networks, and an overall performance boost. Since the SOCKS5 enables full UDP, it allows a client to connect to all the peers at the same time, thus boosting the speed and overall performance. It also increases your security, as the system reroutes traffic via a third-party server, thus hiding your real IP.
Note that SOCKS5 is acting as a proxy, meaning it doesn’t encrypt your traffic, just sends it via an indirect route.
To Accommodate All Kinds of Traffic
When compared to its closest rival, SOCKS5 operates at a lower level, but it’s better for some operations. We are not going to argue here which one is better, because, as always there’s no definite answer.
The one main argument for using SOCKS5 proxy is its ability to handle different kinds of traffic, not only webpages. That is why this proxy is suitable for various online activities, including streaming, gaming, and various VOIP apps.
To Profit from Reliable and Efficient Communications
One of the main features of SOCKS5 is to provide authentication so only authorized clients can establish a connection. This feature alone adds 10 points to your security game. Another superpower of SOCKS5 is its ability to work with both TCP and UDP protocols. We’ll discuss them in detail another article, but for now, all you need to know is that the first one is reliable, while the second one is fast.
TCP is a protocol that forms a connection between a server and a client and ensures that all the packets have been received fully, while UDP just sends packets into the wild. The ability of SOCKS5 use both of the protocols, as compared to, for example, its earlier version SOCKS4 provides users with a great opportunity to enjoy both reliable and fast connection, which can adapt depending on the receiving platform.
To Enjoy Military-Level Privacy Combined with VeePN
We know that the text starts with the phrase “if you are not ready to invest in a VPN,” but the truth is you really should. With privacy scandals becoming more frequent, and snoopers – more aggressive a good VPN is what can save your sanity in the dangerous Internet realm.
And paired with the awesome features of the SOCKS5 protocol, it will make your browsing anonymous, fast and secure. Could one wish for more?