A proxy and a VPN act in quite similar logic, but their functionality differs. The proxy receives the question you are looking for on the web, finds the information needed, and sends the result back to you. If you do not use the computer outside your home and just wish to mask your original IP address and be able to look up the content of frozen websites, a proxy is a way to go. VPN’s work is a bit deeper. It allows you to encode more than just your internet activities. It is perfect if you often use your laptop outside the house and connect to unknown Wi-Fi. VPN protects your personal data, such as passwords, from getting stolen.