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4 Critical Questions to Ask Providers Before Buying Residential IPs

Discussion in 'Proxies' started by Rotem, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Rotem

    Rotem Registered Member

    Jul 28, 2017
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    Hello everyone.

    Some background about me - I'm a growth hacker with little coding experience. On my spare time, I try and test (usually break) methods to market/sell stuff online. I do it mainly because someday I would like to become a freelance - open my own business.

    My recent project was to build an automated bot to work in a few big websites, my biggest concern was how not to get cloaked and burn my IP's - after 3 months of testing this is what I found:

    Websites & Proxies

    Websites tend to cloak or hide data from corporate IP addresses. A proxy can help cut through this cloaking and see the real data shown to website visitors. For example, if a website displays a different price for a product when the user is a corporate IP, a proxy can show the real price.

    The problem with traditional proxies is that they are served from data centers. Websites can easily detect the IP originates from a data center, and therefore is a bot and not a regular user. This means that even with the proxy, websites may continue cloaking their data.

    Bypass detection

    The solution is a residential proxy, which lets you access the Internet via a residential IP. This is an IP granted to a home user by an Internet Service Provider. When you access a website using a residential IP, websites have to show you the real data. Websites also won’t be able to block you, because if they do, they will be blocking regular home users (unless you are violating their TOS or simply area restricted).

    The Questions

    Before you pay money for a residential proxy, here are a few questions you should ask your proxy provider. All your data will pass through the proxy provider, so you need to trust them. And because you’re accessing the web via a home user’s IP, you need to know for sure that those home users consented to let you use their IP.

    1. Where did you obtain your residential IPs?
    You should ask: How does the provider collect residential IPs? and did users consent to use of their IP? Some proxy providers operate legitimately with full permission and knowledge of the device owner. But others might have shady or even illegal ways to gain access to user devices.

    2. How many IPs do you have?
    You should ask: How many residential IPs does the proxy service operate, and how many in different cities or countries? And what level of concurrency is supported?

    The more IPs, the higher level of anonymity provided by the proxy service, because there is a lower chance of an IP being flagged as a proxy.

    Another important factor is how many IPs the service provides in different cities or countries. If you need to simulate a user in a specific city and the provider has very few proxies in that city, it will not provide effective anonymity.

    If the provider supports concurrency (using several IPs at once), more IPs also mean higher performance.

    3. Do you support HTTPS?
    You should ask: Is it possible to transfer data over an encrypted protocol like HTTPS? This means the provider won’t be able to intercept and make harmful use of your communications.

    When you use a proxy, residential or otherwise, you are transferring sensitive data to the proxy server, including your identity and credentials. The server owner can intercept that data.

    4. Who else uses the IPs?
    You should ask: How does a provider ensure other users are not abusing the service? What level of rotation is provided between users? And can you get a dedicated residential IP?

    There aren't many residential IP's providers - I personally worked with:

    Do your own due diligence before choosing one (ping me for metrics I use on what service to choose).

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  2. davids355

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