In today’s digital age, internet privacy and security are more important than ever. With increasing concerns over data breaches, surveillance, and cyber threats, safeguarding our online presence has become a priority. Two powerful tools in the arsenal of digital privacy are proxies and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). This post aims to explain what these tools are, why they matter, and how you can use them to help you effectively use the Textverified platform.

Part 1: What Are Proxies?

A proxy server acts as an bridge between your device and the internet. When you use a proxy, your internet traffic is routed through a intermediary server, which then communicates with websites on your behalf. Simply put, proxies are similar to a middleman. This process can help mask your IP address, offering a level of anonymity online.

Types of Proxies:

  • HTTP proxies are designed for web browsing.
  • SOCKS proxies are more versatile, handling data from any type of internet protocol.
  • Transparent proxies don’t hide your IP address but are often used for content filtering or caching.

Advantages: Proxies can provide anonymity and overcome geo-restrictions.

Disadvantages: They don’t encrypt your traffic, which leaves your data potentially exposed to interception.

Proxies with Textverified

Proxies can be very useful for using Textverified. Certain services, like WhatsApp and Telegram, look into where you are geolocated when using the app. For example, if you live in China, WhatsApp is completely blocked. Or if you use a Textverified number (based in the US) to register for WhatsApp, the app will recognize that you are not the owner of the phone number and block you.

However, proxies can also be bad. Since a proxy is just a middleman for your traffic, if you or many others use that IP address for malicious use, it will be detected just the same as your IP. This is why a clean proxy, or cycling proxies often is very useful to keep anonimity.

Check this post to see if your IP is blacklisted.

Part 2: Exploring VPNs

A VPN extends a private network across a public network, allowing you to send and receive data as if your computing devices were directly connected to the private network. Unlike proxies, VPNs encrypt your internet traffic, significantly enhancing your online privacy and security.

If we keep the analogies going, a proxy is like telling your friend to go get your food for you, while a VPN is like if you went completely disguised as somebody else.

Advantages of using a VPN include:

  • Enhanced privacy and security by encrypting your connection.
  • Bypass geo-restrictions to access global content.
  • Secure public Wi-Fi connections by shielding your activities.

Possible disadvantages include potential speed reduction due to encryption and the routing process.

VPNs are also useful for Textverified, but can suffer the same issues that proxies have. Many people often share the same VPN server and the same IP address, which means that a few bad actors can render everyone to appear “malicious”.

Part 3: Why Use Proxies or VPNs?

Using these tools can provide anonymity by masking your IP address, secure communication on public networks, access to restricted content, and a safeguard against censorship. Whether you’re a privacy enthusiast or need to access region-blocked content, proxies and VPNs can be invaluable tools.

Part 4: Setting Up a Proxy

Setting up a proxy varies by operating system but generally involves entering the proxy server’s details in your network settings. For Textverified you can use SOCK5 or HTTP proxies.

For Windows:

  1. Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Proxy.
  2. Enter the proxy server’s address and port.

For MacOS:

  1. Open System Preferences > Network.
  2. Select your network and click ‘Advanced’, then ‘Proxies’.
  3. Enter your proxy information.

For Android:

  1. Open Wi-Fi settings:
  2. Modify network:
    • Tap and hold on the Wi-Fi network name you are connected to, then select “Modify network” or “Manage network settings”.
    • You might need to tap on “Advanced options” to see more settings.
  3. Set up the proxy:
    • Scroll down to find the “Proxy” option and then select “Manual”.
    • Enter the proxy server’s details:
  4. Save and test:

For iOS:

  1. Open Wi-Fi settings:
  2. Access network settings:
    • Tap the “i” icon next to the Wi-Fi network you’re connected to.
  3. Configure the proxy:
    • Scroll down and tap on “Configure Proxy” under the HTTP Proxy section.
    • Choose “Manual” to enter proxy settings manually.
    • Fill in the proxy server information:
  4. Save and exit:

Testing the Connection:

After setting up the proxy, it’s a good idea to test your internet connection to ensure everything is working as intended. You can do this by simply browsing to a few websites or using a service online that shows your current IP address to see if it has changed to the proxy server’s IP.


  • Remember that using a proxy might affect your internet speed and not all proxies encrypt your data, so your information might not be fully protected.
  • Be sure to use a reliable and trustworthy proxy service to avoid security risks.

Setting up a proxy on Android or iOS is a straightforward process that can offer more control over your internet connection.

Choosing a proxy provider requires considering factors like speed, security, and whether they log user activity.

Part 5: Setting Up a VPN

Setting up a VPN typically involves downloading and installing a VPN application from a reputable provider and logging in with your credentials.

For All Devices:

  1. Choose a reputable VPN service. (We reccomend ExpressVPN or NordVPN)
  2. Download and install the VPN app for your device.
  3. Open the app, log in, and connect to a server of your choice.

When selecting a VPN service, look for features such as strong encryption, a no-logs policy, and good speed.

Part 6: Best Practices and Tips

  • Use proxies for simple tasks requiring anonymity and VPNs for full encryption.
  • Avoid free VPN services as they may log your data or provide inadequate security.
  • Regularly update your privacy tools to ensure the best protection.


Understanding and utilizing proxies and VPNs are crucial steps towards securing your online activities. By taking control of your internet privacy, you can navigate the digital world with greater confidence and security. Feel free to share your experiences or questions in the comments below, and let’s keep the conversation about digital privacy going.