We explained what Proxies & VPN Servers are, but depending on some peoples needs – they may need some different types of connections and we will go into more detail here.
When choosing or using a VPN or a Proxy server, the more popular service providers will offer lots of locations for you to choose to appear to come from. Typically, these providers will have many servers connected to the internet in datacenters around the world, at least one in each country they offer; these are called Exit Nodes. These work perfectly well in most cases for a majority of peoples uses, but sometimes users can run into problems using them and trying to watch internet streaming services like Netflix, BBC iPlayer, internet radio stations, betting sites or shopping sites. This is because those sites look at where the connections are coming from and they are able to distinguish between a VPN server in a large datacenter and a PC connecting from a home internet connection. They would assume that if someone wanted to catch up on an episode of Stranger Things or Eastenders that they would not be sitting in an industrial computing facility.
So to get around this, Residential Proxies would be the way to go.
What Are Residential Proxies Used For ?
Residential Proxies let you hide your IP address with another homeowner’s IP address, making your internet activity it look as though it originates from another persons internet connection. These are excellent for people who use proxies to get access to heavily protected sites and who use aggressive data mining techniques.
Residential Proxies, often referred to as Sneaker Proxies or Ticket Proxies are heavily used by people wanting to appear to be ordinary internet users sitting at home; except they want to trigger hundreds or even thousands of connections to sites instead of just one. The main reason for this is for ticket touts or people trying to buy large amounts of limited edition sneakers / mobile phones on specific release days.
Most sites selling these products use software to try and determine if the visitors are genuine local users by checking a few things:
Are they in a certain country (checking the originating IP addresses)
Are they local users (checking the IP addresses is not allocated to a datacenter)
Are they real people not bots (check the browser & computer type)
Are they real people not bots (use CAPTCHA verification)
Do they have any suspicious attributes (are they accessing pages and selection boxes faster than a human could type & read)
In order to bypass these and fool sites, people use a combination of Sneaker Proxies and Bots. The proxy handles disguising the traffic location and the bots handle all the other stuff like pretending to be human (which boxes to check, entering usernames, passwords, email addresses, product search keywords, date of birth, payment details etc).
Usually, Residential Proxies are more expensive than general proxies and are more specialized and feature rich to serve the purpose of users.
The use of these proxies are generally legal (except in some countries that have oppressive regimes and where internet activity is heavily monitored / censored) or where the site being visited expressly forbids the use and techniques described above. All of this is subjective, some internet service providers may also disallow users from using such services or carrying out this type of action and most of the service providers will have terms and conditions forbidding any illegal activity to be conducted over their connections.
We listed a number of service providers above that offer Residential Proxies. In general they offer superb support and help new users through their projects.
Do check back for our continued updates on Residential, Sneaker & Ticket Proxies.
Your IP address is your identifier on the internet. It can identify which continent, country, state and city you are in. It can also identify who your Internet Service Provider is; which means it’s possible for companies or law enforcement to contact them and request details about you (name, address, phone number & billing details).
Changing your IP address is relatively difficult, but fortunately its pretty easy to trick internet services into thinking you are using a different one.
Using A Proxy
When you use a proxy server, you redirect all your internet traffic through an intermediary server. Depending on the service you use, it’s possible to select the location of the proxy server (country or city).
When you use a proxy server to connect to a website, the website sees the IP address of the proxy server – not your real IP address in your home country & city. This is very useful if you were looking to use services that were geographically restricted to certain countries:
Video streaming services
We have a list of free web proxy services here.
Using a VPN
The concept of using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is very similar to using a Proxy server. Your internet traffic is directed through a specific server in a country you choose and websites you visit thereafter see the IP address of the VPN server; not your real home IP address. The important difference in using VPN is that all your data is encrypted and cannot be intercepted / spied on by hackers, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and Governments.
Are you getting blocked trying to access Facebook or Instagram from your school network, computer lab or library ?
Some school networks block your internet access to certain sites by using firewalls or other content management systems – but don’t worry, you can easily unblock your favourite websites at school by using a proxy service to bypass firewalls.
A proxy service is a website that front-ends your request to Facebook, fooling your school network into thinking your are only viewing another webpage. We have a growing list of proxies and proxy services in our resource page, but one of the first your will want to try it Proxyboost.
Proxyboost.net allows you to access Facebook and other internet sites masking your IP address and physical location from the destination site as well as preventing your school network operators seeing what websites you are visiting an using over wifi or the LAN connected computers.
Simply enter the URL of the site your want to visit and that website is then displayed inside a frame where your can decide to block or allow tracking cookies, scripts and ads. Very handy indeed.
When we reviewed proxyboost, we observed that it has a simple, clear interface, not cluttered with flashing links, images or distracting multicolored gifs. The front page only contained a few advertisements – which it needs to display, so it gets paid and can keep the service running for free without charging its visitors. Performance was acceptable, not too slow and possible to watch videos on Facebook without much lag or delay.
If you have trouble using this site, post a comment below and let us and the owners of proxyboost know what you think of their service. Also be sure to check out our list of other proxy services too.
We are not affiliated with proxyboost. As always please read our disclaimer before using and proxy or VPN services. We want you to stay safe online. Have fun !
A Proxy Server is a server that facilitates/bridges an internet connection for you. It acts as an intermediary or stepping stone between a user and the server they wish to reach.
Proxy servers are commonly used to avoid restrictions preventing users connecting to certain websites. This could be office networks blocking access to Facebook during office hours or schools blocking access to Facebook / Youtube; or more serious issues where countries and regimes prevent citizens accessing foreign news sites. In situations like these proxies are very useful.
There different types of proxies, they all provide the same basic functionality but some small differences.
An HTTP proxy is commonly used to avoid restrictions preventing users connecting to certain websites. HTTP proxies are categorized in different levels:
Transparent Proxy – This advertises itself as a proxy server and forwards your real IP address to destination website.
Anonymous Proxy – This advertises itself as a proxy server but hides your real IP address from the destination website.
Distorting Proxy – This advertises itself as a proxy server but sends a false IP address to the destination website instead of your real address.
High Anonymity Proxy – These disguise the fact that they are a proxy server, therefore does not disclose any information about you to the destination website.
The HTTP proxies described above, will help you visit websites that have been blocked or block users depending on their geographical location. Thats fine if all you want to do is surf the web; but if you need to send email (other than by using webmail services), use Skype, visit Netflix, Hulu or PrimeVideo or push all data from a PC or mobile device through a proxy then a SOCKS proxy is the next step. These can handle more than just HTTP traffic, allowing a user to use it for skype, FTP, SFTP etc.