There is a little confusion regarding the types of proxies that are on the market. For those new to IM, proxies and automation, trying to distinguish between several proxy types is a pain in the ass. I am going to keep it short. Hope I'll make myself clear enough and make some of the new ones understand what proxies are all about. I will use IG proxies as an example, because several threads on BHW had been about them. I want this thread to help those in need. And for those with experience, maybe you can share some of your thoughts. 1. HOW MANY PROXY TYPES EXIST Almost all special service private proxies on the market use HTTP/HTTPS protocol. So really you should not care about their protocol (not for the moment). Furthermore, private proxies split into two other types: 1. Shared proxies - allocated to you and other clients of your proxy provider 2. Dedicated proxies - allocated and used by you (and only you) This is the first difference between proxy types that should concern you. If your using proxies to connect accounts, you do not want other people to connect through your proxies. Because they might abuse those proxies and get them ban. And you will not be able to use them anymore. In addition, you can't check if a private proxy is shared or dedicated, so some providers are selling shared proxies as dedicated proxies (yes, they BS us). So, beware of certain providers that make their offers sound to good to be true! 2. WHAT ARE INSTAGRAM PROXIES To understand Instagram proxies (or any other special use proxies), you need to know the present state of the private proxy market. NOT ALL PRIVATE PROXIES ARE CREATED EQUAL Due to abused proxies, social media platforms have banned whole ranges of IPs. Simply buying a private proxy and connecting to Instagram or Pinterest might not work today. Thus, proxy providers noticed that some proxies are more useful than others. Therefore, they started packaging proxies into special [use] proxy packages. So, Instagram proxies are private proxies never used for Instagram. And they “should guarantee” your accounts' connection to IG. Notice the “ ” used for should guarantee. 3. CAN YOU WORK WITHOUT INSTAGRAM PROXIES? The simple and correct answer is YES. You can still connect to IG through some normal, private proxies. But you might get headaches in the search for good private proxies able to connect your accounts to IG. 4. DO YOU REALLY NEED IG PROXIES? As I said, you might get private proxies that connect to IG. But, IG proxies are not sold at a higher price for their namesake. They are sold and marketed as Instagram proxies because they should work 100% with IG. Also they are private [allocated to you], so nobody is abusing these proxies. IG proxies, or any other special use proxies tend to do one thing for sure. 99.99% of the cases they do what it says on the label: they connect you to the desired service. 5. SHOULD YOU PAY THE HIGHER PRICE OF IG PROXIES Most special use proxies are more expensive. Should you pay the higher price? It depends how much time to test proxies you have and how much you value your accounts. Special service proxies are sold on a 'plug-and-play' method. Simply, you pay a higher price for the convenience of setting your proxies immediately and letting your accounts connect right away. ARE INSTAGRAM PROXIES WORTH IT? The value of a proxy is provided by the [proxy] ability to connect to the desired platform. SHOULD YOU BUY IG PROXIES? The answer to this question lies in the time you have at your disposal to test working private proxies, and in the value you post on your accounts. ARE IG PROXIES A MARKETING TRICK? If the proxy provider is selling normal private proxies, or shared proxies at a higher price and they don't connect to IG, then yes, it's a marketing trick. But if the IG proxies you buy connect you to IG, while most regular private proxies won't, then the provider is entitled to ask for a higher price. In the private proxies world, you get what you pay for.