Where anonymous proxies can be used?

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Proxy servers are widely used in many Internet projects that require anonymity. They are especially useful for users working with demanding web resources. And they are used by software developers to organize the anonymous exchange of a large amount of data.

So there are very different proxies out there. In particular, they may be different in the degree of anonymity. This is an important parameter quite often.

Below we briefly explain: what is a proxy server and how it works, what types of proxies can be distinguished depending on their anonymity, and some examples when anonymity is really important.

Working through a proxy server and anonymity of personal data

A proxy is literally an intermediary server that redirects all requests to third-party resources on the Internet on its own behalf. If you want to upload a web page or download a file from the Web, but still keep your identity secret, a proxy can help you do this.

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Of course, this is not the only reason why traffic proxying can be used. For example, proxies are often used to mediate between local network users and the Internet. In this case, the proxy server performs many tasks: filtering, compressing, and caching traffic, restricting access to certain external resources, and protecting the network.

However, the biggest interest for users is ensuring anonymity when working with web resources. This anonymity trend has been developed due to a number of large websites that deployed complex mechanisms for restricting users.

What user data is collected? The list is quite extensive. First of all, it's the IP address. IP address is the main user ID on the Internet. Any service can use it to determine which country and city a user comes from, which provider they use, whether they have already visited the site, and what actions they performed. Blacklists are also arranged mainly by IP addresses.

In addition to the IP address, web services also take into account other user data. For example: User Agent and other http headers, OS Fingerprint, DNS address, time zone set on the user device, and so on.

You can use a proxy to hide the real data about yourself. Since the proxy server redirects requests from the client to the desired target, the target receives data only about the proxy. Thus information about the client remains hidden, which makes anonymous surfing possible

. Unfortunately not all proxy servers are designed for anonymous surfing and other similar tasks.

So which proxies should you choose to protect your data?

As we said, different proxies provide different levels of anonymity. First of all you should determine the protocol the proxy works over: Socks5 or HTTP. Both types of proxies are fairly common and actively used. You can find them anywhere. Each type is well suited for its task. You can find out more about such proxies in this article.

It is worth noting that there are other protocols. For example, the Socks4 protocol provides higher speed, and it's the best protocol for botting on streaming platforms.

If you choose HTTP(S), you should remember that not all proxies of this type have the same level of anonymity. When an HTTP(S) connection is made, the proxy server sends http headers to the recipient as part of the request, which may contain information about proxy usage or even the client's real IP address.

Depending on whether such data is transmitted to the target server or not, there are three types of HTTP(S) proxy:

  • Transparent. A proxy server that transmits information about the client's real IP and the fact of proxying traffic in the headers. This type cannot be used to ensure anonymity;
  • Anonymous. Those proxies differ from transparent ones in that they hide the real IP address, replacing it with another one, but the fact of using a proxy is not hidden;
  • Elite proxies provide the highest level of anonymity. They do not transmit the user IP and make requests that look like coming from an ordinary user.

You can read more about proxy anonymity here.

When do you need to use an anonymous proxy?

Anonymous proxies are used in a variety of projects, and each type of activity has different requirements for their properties.

The table below shows the most popular goals of using anonymous proxies.

Task

Definition

Proxy required

Parsing

Automated collection of publicly available data on web pages and subsequent processing of the collected material

Residential proxies with good connection speed. Anonymity requirements depend on the security of the target.

Mass mailing

Bulk sending of emails via SMTP

Residential or mobile proxies with open SMTP ports. No specific anonymity requirements

Mass account creating

Mass creation of accounts on popular resources, usually on social media such as Instagram, Facebook, VK.

High requirements for proxy anonymity. As a rule, only mobile IP addresses are suitable.

Multi-accounting

Mass authorization in already created accounts to perform a variety oftasks: likes, subscriptions, comments.

High requirements for proxy anonymity. Usually, static, clean and anonymous proxies are ok.

View-botting

Mass connection to broadcast on YouTube, Twitch, Spotify from different IP addresses to increase the number of views.

Residential proxies with high bandwidth and Socks4 support.


The use of anonymous proxies is not limited to these kinds of activities. They are also useful for bypassing region restrictions.

Choosing proxies for your project, you need to thoroughly study the requirements for anonymity and other properties of proxies. The right proxy will allow you to work anonymously and achieve huge success in your project.

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