The Basics: Types of Proxies and Why Do You Need it


A proxy server acts as a bridge between you and the rest of the internet. Usually, when you use your browser to surf the internet, you’ll automatically connect to the website you’re visiting.

Proxies do the hard job for you. They communicate with websites on your behalf.

When you want to browse something using a proxy, your browser first links to the proxy, and the proxy forwards that traffic to the website. For this reason, proxy servers are also known as “forward proxies.” They will also receive the website response and send it back to you.

In our daily use, the term “proxy” denotes a person who is authorized to take a task on your behalf- such as voting in an important conference that you can’t attend. A proxy server fulfills the exact same role, but online. Instead of you communicating directly with a website, your proxy takes over and handles that relationship for you.

Proxies have many useful roles; they allow you to host a firewall designed to block the traffic before it reaches traffic, acts as a content filter, and can also enhance security by serving as a singular public face of the network.

 #1 Residential proxy

Residential proxies are considered one of the best proxies for most usages as they are IP addresses of genuine physical devices. Residential proxies appear as organic users to all servers, and for this reason, they’re almost impossible to detect.

These proxies make gaining access hassle-free. They allow individuals to avoid geo-blocks or cloaking, some of the numerous manipulative techniques some website owners use to provide false data to users connecting via datacenter proxies.

#2 Dedicated Proxy

As the name suggests, dedicated proxies are the standard name for proxies that are not shared. A dedicated proxy means that only a single user can use the dedicated proxy at any time.

Dedicated proxies exist to protect the IP address from being blocked or burning out due to overuse.

#3 Anonymous Proxy

Anonymous proxies are meant to forward connections the same as other proxies do, but without any details or information about the client. This means that an anonymous proxy links to the target server as if it was doing it on its own. As the name implies, anonymous proxies offer much-needed anonymity for browsing and are the type of proxies that will most certainly hide your location and IP address.  

#4 Private Proxy

The name of private proxy can sometimes be misleading as the word “private” is only a product feature. A private proxy refers to the proxy that can only be used by a single person at the same time.

Some proxy providers tend to use this term quite loosely: some use it for dedicated proxies, while others divide the two to designate a dedicated proxy that is always used by the same individual, as opposed to a dedicated proxy that several customers can use, but not at the same time.

#5 Datacenter Proxy

Datacenter proxies refer to the non-physical Ip address that is artificially developed at datacenters. One server can host hundreds of data center proxies; however, they will all share its IP subnetwork, which means that any group of datacenter proxies will look alike and will be prone to banning or cloaking.

The advantage of datacenter proxies is their speed, as most datacenters come up with an enviable internet connection.


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