Residential proxies can be difficult to find and usually have bandwidth limits. Datacenter proxies tend to be faster and mask your IP well. Although, rotating residential proxies are beginning to make more sense for website scraping and similar sales intelligence purposes. As it currently stands, residential proxy peers combined with built-in rotation represent the most updated technology in the proxy realm.
1. Lifts limits on sending HTTP or SOCKS requests
Typically, businesses using proxies demand multiple requests per minute. After some time, the site or service you’re sending requests to will block your IP address. In business applications, blocks, bans and redirects can put a sizable dent in efficiency, profits or both. Businesses should be able to monitor and access the internet without being blocked, banned or misled.
Security measures can limit browsing sessions on many fronts like request frequency, timeout limits, browser user agent detection and IP detection as number two on our list covers. Without fresh proxies, security limits become noticeable in applications like Scrapebox where search engines start to block queries.
2. Completely undetectable
Before digging into more details about how residential rotating proxies work, it’s a good measure to explore and learn what “residential proxies” are. Residential proxies are sometimes called backconnect proxies or reverse proxies. Backconnect or reverse proxies retrieve data from servers and return it to the user without servers detecting a proxy was used.
When you use a static dedicated proxy you’re trying to squeeze as many requests to a website as you can from a single IP address. At the same time you’re trying to abide with proxy detection systems that are inherent to well-developed websites. Proxy detection can cause limits such as blocking repeat purchases for Nike shoes. If you’re looking to expand your proxy best practices and be less detectable, consider fingerprint clean-up apps like Canvas Defender.
3. Proxy rotation gives you an evergreen IP address
To strengthen the already undetectable nature of residential proxies, IP rotation ensures the connection is virtually unbannable. When your IP address is constantly refreshing, blocks associated with excessive requests can be avoided. That gives your application or research the ability to scale much higher than you could using a set of static proxies.
A good representation of rotating proxies is a car with “tires” (or IPs) that get replaced by a “pit crew” (or proxy servers) continually every “5 laps” (or proxy rotation interval.) Every 5 laps, like magic, you’re “driving” (or running your application) with your new set of tires.
4. Rotating proxies are highly secure
After a set proxy rotation interval, a large pool IP addresses can rotate through proxy gateways. For example, a pool of IP addresses can be as large as hundreds of thousands or millions. With so many IP addresses, the risk of man-in-the-middle attacks or any type of session monitoring is significantly decreased.
While a VPN can encrypt traffic and a datacenter proxy can mask your IP address, security is naturally lower with both options. Why? Websites and servers will always have the ability to reveal you’re using a proxy.
5. Self-managing proxy replacement
Due to built-in proxy rotation constantly replacing proxy IPs, the need and time it takes to replace banned proxies is eliminated. That saves your business precious time and overhead that’s normally spent on managing and monitoring proxies.
Pointing back to point number two; having a datacenter proxy, these days, just isn’t enough to make multiple requests to a website without being restricted. On top of that, many datacenter proxy providers block major websites which limits business capabilities.
Comparing residential rotating and datacenter proxies
When comparing other proxies to rotating residential ones, a question to ask yourself is: would you prefer rotating residential proxies you’ll never have to change, or datacenter proxies that will eventually need replacement? Rotating residential proxies come with the trade-off of connection speed, and datacenter proxies come with the trade-off of being detectable. With websites and server-side proxy detection becoming more advanced every day, it’s safe to say residential rotating proxies are the right choice for unfettered browsing.