If you are still on the fence as to whether you need it, Dan from Industrial Defender takes you through the reasons why you should get one right now.
Who doesn’t love to be on the internet? It offers so many conveniences to everyone. You can shop, work, get an education and run a business. Best of all, you can do all this from the convenience of your home.
But wait a minute, before you click on that link, do you know what dangers you could be exposing yourself to?
The reality is that the online space is not safe. Some criminals take advantage of areas of weakness to get access to your site. Once they invade your system, they can cause serious damage.
Hackers can steal data or even introduce malware. At this point, you also have zero anonymity, and people could be tracking your online movement at any second. These are the realities of online use.
Don’t fret, though; we have the perfect solution. It is as simple as installing a residential proxy. But what are they, and why does every homeowner who uses the internet need one?
WHAT ARE THEY?
When you apply for an internet connection, you get the services through an internet service provider (ISP). They will provide you with an IP address that is visible to remote servers.
It can pinpoint your physical location every time you are on the internet.
It is not the most comforting thought to know that you are so visible to everyone.
You can mask your identity with a residential proxy.
A residential proxy operates much like other proxies.
The difference is that it uses an IP address given by the ISP and not from the data centers located in the servers. The IP address has a physical residential address or location.
You now have a residential IP that ties to a device like a mobile phone or computer. Remote servers see a link between the residential IP and an actual physical location. It shows that the connection is legit and not spam, as would be the case with IP addresses from data centers.
HOW THEY WORK AND THE BENEFITS
A residential proxy is an intermediary server or online computer. All the traffic going in and out passes through it. The proxy helps with the sieving of content so that no malicious traffic passes through. It will also hide your IP address by using an alternative one from the ISP.
What we have described so far is a static residential proxy. You only get a single residential IP address.
Now, if you use the internet a lot, you know that multiple requests to one site can raise flags of suspicion on the remote server.
Such sites may end up blocking you. In such a case, you are better off installing a rotating residential proxy. What it does is send out each request with a different IP address.
The remote server will not be able to identify the source of the query. You can get access to large amounts of data without raising any suspicion.
Homeowners can get a lot of benefits by using residential proxies. Let’s explore some of the reasons why it is a worthwhile investment to install one.
1. ONLINE ANONYMITY AND PRIVACY
We will start with the most obvious advantage of proxies. By hiding your IP address, you get online anonymity. Anyone tracking your online activities will not be able to see you.
2. FASTER INTERNET SPEEDS
It does not matter what you use the internet for. The best user experience comes with fast internet speeds. Proxies compress internet traffic and will cache web pages.
Such processes save valuable bandwidth resulting in faster page loading speeds. Residential proxies will also not give access to annoying web ads.
Even if they let in ads, they go through verification and checking to block out any suspicious ones. It saves you from malware or other forms of hacking that could compromise your online safety.
3. ACCESS TO RESTRICTED CONTENT
You type in a search query. Instead of getting the feedback you want, what comes up is, you cannot access this content from your region. Geo-blocking is a common practice, especially amongst streaming services.
Netflix is one of the best examples of companies that applies content restriction. Installing a proxy allows you to bypass geo-blocking. It will assign you an IP address from anywhere on the globe.
You could be in Africa, but your residential proxy allocated IP address shows you are in the US. Stock up on popcorn and your favorite drink. Saturday night entertainment just got better. No more missing out on some great movies or series due to your location.
4. WEB SCRAPING
Web scraping is critical for anyone who needs a lot of data. But, as we have stated above, some sites may view your repeated requests for information as suspicious. Residential proxies allow you to scrape tons of data from almost any remote site.
Web scraping is also a fantastic way of knowing what your competitors are up to. You can troll their sites as much as you want without them getting any wiser to your activities.
5. SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT AND MONITORING
You may be running a business from home. One of the platforms you use for marketing purposes is social media. It is not possible to have multiple accounts on one platform using one IP address. Such sites will flag you as suspicious, and they could block you.
Residential proxies will hide your IP. It allows you to open and manage multiple accounts. You can also run campaigns and collect relevant data without raising any suspicion.
Residential proxies allow for a lot of flexibility while online. You get privacy and anonymity because they hide your IP address. Remote servers will not be able to pinpoint your exact location.
You also enjoy other benefits such as web scraping, the ability to circumvent geo-blocks, and faster internet speeds.
Proxies are also fantastic for work-from-home situations. You can do your market and competitor research in total anonymity. You also get more freedom in the number of social media accounts you can open.
Take your time to learn more about residential proxies.
While articles such as these are an excellent starting point, there is a lot to learn.
See what your provider has to offer and ask all the relevant questions.
With the right residential proxy, the internet need not be a scary place.
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