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Using Mobile Hotspot to Easily Get Rotating Residential Proxies

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by MatthewGraham, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. MatthewGraham

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    I'd used a similar technique with, for example, the Verizon Jetpack data hotspot in the past. Just occurred to me that this also works with most smartphones:
    1. Most smartphones have an option to turn into a mobile hotspot, which you can connect to from a desktop.
    2. Turning a [phone off and then on again changes the IP address of the data connection (for many phones). EDIT: Toggling airplane mode on and off seems to work as well and is substantially faster.
    3. Congratulations. You can connect to a bunch of quality residential proxies now.
    Importantly, the pool of IP addresses is actually a decent pool of IPs, not massive data-center junk. You get actual, decent IP addresses that real humans would actually use. Useful for sites that have a decent spam filter.

    Plus, you probably already have a phone that can do this, so it's basically free.

    Note: This only works for a phone's data connection; does not work if your phone is connected to a local wifi network (in case that wasn't clear).
     
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  2. Turhan

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    I usually just turn airplane mode on and off again

    Also browsers like colorbrowser can come useful here since they don't use cookies and all data is deleted the moment you exit the app
     
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  3. MatthewGraham

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    Oh yeah that totally works and is way faster. Everyone do that instead.
     
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    Check the size of your ip pool before you go crazy with these ips. Many 4g ip pools are very small. Mine is only 10-11 unique ips as I've tried this before...
     
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  5. MatthewGraham

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    Also a good point to keep in mind. Check what the actual IP is every time you switch. I've been able to get more than 10-11. There's definitely a finite pool.

    Even with the limited number, this will get you a long way for many projects. Especially since you often can get away with more when you're on a residential IP. It's fairly common or even expected for multiple people to use the same residential connection, whereas data center IPs you're being scrutinized from the start.

    If you need many different accounts on a single site (or whatever you're using proxies for), then you'll probably want to supplement this method with additional proxies.
     
  6. camillebeaute

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    4g = small ip pool
    3g = large ip pool
     
  7. seoguy0

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    Tried it, works, but too unpractical for something bigger than a few custom manual comments.