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Protect your brand and intellectual property
Protect your brand and intellectual property
As the number of businesses continues to grow, we fight harder for the place under the sun, and some choose not so fair methods. Every business owner should be aware that there is always a beast out there stalking him and ready to attack. Companies and individuals who are too slow to protect themselves against prying eyes are sitting ducks. Let’s see why.
In order for a business to do well, one should promote it and make a name as soon as possible. This requires quite a bit of creative work, as they come up with new ideas and brand them in their own unique ways. However, there are guys out there who meanly steal ideas and use them to promote their own businesses. Every time a scam succeeds, the victim fails and loses a lump.
Why protect you brand?
A brand is something that helps a business and its products stand out within its sphere and/or segment, take up a niche in a market and make a name. Actually, successful branding is a guarantee for further product development and financial success. Letting someone use your brand without your awareness is like giving away part of your work for nothing.
Breaches of confidential data inflict reputational risks as well. Customers trust companies to secure their personal data, which often includes copyrighted information, so any data leak (due to a cyberattack) may result in a series of lawsuits, and the company will simply lose its name, to say nothing of profits. In other words, a blow to your brand can be a crippling blow to your business. High-profile trustworthy companies seek to build strong relationships with and invest in worthwhile and well-promoted projects, as a brand is a kind of mirror of a company’s integrity.
If you fail to protect your brand properly, you may lose a large part of or entire profit and business. Today, there are lots of tools and techniques, which can help brand owners prevent the stealth of their ideas and materials and thus secure their property, incomes and, most important, reputation. It is a crucial matter for minor companies and individuals on the one hand and business whales on the other.
What is a Residential Proxy?
A residential proxy server is nothing less than a PC, laptop or another kind of device, belonging to a home owner, and which is connected to the Internet via an IP address provided for the home owner by an ISP. These proxies are highly trusted for their transparency: IP addresses are registered in databases, so one can check the owner’s ISP and geographic location at any time. Once you have connected to a residential IP, whatever website you visit from now on, will see this (the homeowner’s) real IP, not yours.
How Residential Proxies Help in Brand Protection
As long as companies store information in a digital form and route it via the Internet, today’s copyright protection largely relies on online security. Proxy servers are used worldwide by individuals and companies, who seek to protect their brands and copyright by masking their IP addresses. However, there are different types of proxies, which differ in effectiveness and availability.
So far, residential proxies have proved to be the most effective barrier against hacker attacks and means of controlling input and output data. In fact, residential proxy networks are set up to make it hardly possible for a potential hacker to trace a user.
The best thing about residential IPs is that they belong to real users (unlike datacenter proxies belonging to large companies). If you visit a website and the administrator wants to check your IP, he/she will see the residential IP. Because the IP belongs to the real user, the admin will have no reason to be suspicious about you, so he/she is not going to red-flag you. Astroproxy offers a pool of residential proxies, so once you have signed up with us and purchased a plan, you are automatically connected to a residential IP address in a chosen region of the world. For better security of your corporate and sensitive information, we rotate connections at a certain time interval.
Many choose so-called backconnect residential proxies. They provide an additional layer of protection: you select a mode when every new session results in a connection to a new residential proxy. This cover-up tactics leaves zero chance for potential intruders and allows you to store your data under seven locks.
This pattern works well when it comes to protecting your copyright and proprietary data. This type of connection will prevent any potential data thief from tracking your corporate traffic and won’t let him/her get to your confidential data.
VPN is another popular method of hiding your main IP address. The technology uses a data encryption pattern, which allows you to connect via a user’s mobile device located anywhere on earth and makes your traffic unreadable for potential intruders. The downside of VPN is low speed of connection compared to a residential IP connection: VPN simply does not have the capacity to handle an entire corporate network.
Astroproxy is a young yet rapidly growing and increasingly popular residential, mobile and datacenter proxy network. Our statistics service reports an increase in the number of residential proxy fans. We cater to users of all categories ranging from individuals (bloggers and website owners) to good-sized companies, who place data security above all. Our residential proxy network has proved to be a reliable tool for defending brands, intellectual property, and other sorts of confident information.
With our service at hand, you can mask your IP against potential data thieves and thus evade their scrutiny. Likewise, you can secretly track cybercriminals’ websites and, once you notice any attempts to steal your intellectual property, take steps to protect your identity and possibly bring them out into the open.
We operate a constantly growing pool of residential proxies using the NAT technology, on which residential and mobile networks rely, as it handles large quantities of IP addresses. Our geography has increased: now we operate in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, Finland, France, Germany, Turkey, Canada, Chile.
Why study markets?
It takes quite a bit of experience, knowledge, skill and patience to run a business successfully in today’s world. It is hardly possible to do so without understanding the current global economic environment. Largely, your success depends on your market research strategy. It is quite so challenging and time-taking and requires security. AstroProxy is here to share with you some information about what market research is and provide reliable tools to help you shield yourself against blocks and other dangers.
General info on market research
Today, there are lots of affordable and free market research tools and methods. You can use them as part of your market research strategy, which implies search for important business information. It should include the following activities, to name a few:
- Checking public opinion
- Checking competitor links and PR campaigns
- Doing keyword research
- Doing audience research
- Doing customer satisfaction research
- Doing brand research
- Check pricing information
These should shed light on how other businesses and your competitors are doing and why. Once you get all this information and check it, you will know what you should and what you should not do to achieve success and avoid trouble.
About Data Scraping
Data scraping (mining) is a complex of activities aimed at obtaining all this information from different resources. Here you can face quite a number of challenges.
It is a well-known fact that not all website owners like it when someone uses their information without their consent. For this reason, they use every method to prevent this kind of “trespassing” and stop you from checking their websites. They can simply track your IP address and block it once they detect too many visits from it over a short while.
Or, worse still, they can use some tricks to direct you to a fake page with misleading information about pricing, statistics, etc. It will be quite a while later that you will realize you have been misled (cloaked). AstroProxy offers an arsenal of tools, which can help you scrape data safely and run your business effectively.
A proxy server is a component, which is intended for hiding a user’s actual IP address behind a different one. If you are connected to the Internet via a proxy server, target websites will see the proxy’s IP-address, not yours. This reduces the likelihood of getting blocked or cloaked.
Residential proxies are just one of the types of proxy servers. They have proved to be very effective in data scraping and therefore market research, because it masks user’s IPs in a manner, which does not make target resources feel suspicious.
A residential proxy server is a PC or mobile device, which belongs to a homeowner and is connected to an IP-address assigned to it by a local ISP. Everyone connecting to such a proxy hides his or her real IP-address behind the homeowner’s IP, and target sites see this address every time you visit their pages.
AstroProxy uses the NAT technology, which helps thousands of users connect to the Internet via the whitelist IPv4 addresses. This solves the problem of the discrepancy between the limited amount of available IPv4 addresses and the much greater number of users. This is beneficial for both users and target websites, because:
- Websites do not suspect any trick, because they see real users’ IPs and therefore won’t block or cloak you;
- Websites notice increases in traffic, which looks real to them, because all IPs are real;
- Websites do not take any action in case they see suspiciously high activity as you scrape. They’d rather enjoy the benefits of high traffic than lose hundreds of visitors by blocking just one IPv4 address.
AstroProxy is a constantly growing network of residential proxy servers. It has expanded to Europe and the Americas, so it boasts a huge pool of residential IPs. Every user can sign up with us at any time, check the plans that we offer and choose the most suitable one for data scraping.
Along with residential proxies, we provide access to so-called backconnect proxies. The technology allows us to automatically select between proxy servers and connect you to them at a set interval of time or with every new session. This adds another layer of security, as it all but rules out the possibility of tracking your residential IP-address.
Residential proxies vs. datacenter proxies
Datacenter proxies are a little more popular because they are more common and cheaper than residential proxies. However, if you are intent on researching markets through scraping, a datacenter proxy is no great option for you. Many websites have long blacklists of datacenter IPs and send users to ban lists for the simple reason they are using datacenter proxies without much figuring out. Therefore, if you try to scrape a website using a datacenter IP, you may lose access to it on the very first day with your market research campaign disrupted.
AstroProxy: we work for you
AstroProxy is available 24/7 for a consultation on any issues relating to the use of residential, datacenter, mobile, and other types of proxy in market research campaigns. We guarantee non-stop monitoring of the availability of our residential proxies and take steps once we detect a failure. This allows us to maintain 99.9% availability, so everyone can connect to a residential proxy located in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Finland, France, Germany, Canada, and Chile.
Running Multiple Accounts with Astroproxy
Running Multiple Accounts with Astroproxy
A proxy server is a technical element that mediates a connection (data exchange) between a user and a target resource. As the global competition increases and everyone strives to secure themselves against online threats, there is a growing demand for reliable proxy connections. The segment continues to evolve, and now there are several types of proxy servers, which differ in structure, functionality and security level.
Whatever type of proxy you choose (residential, datacenter, backconnect, etc.), you must be sure it serves your goals and objectives and provides the needed amount of security. This post describes why residential proxies are favored by those who want to run several social media or seller accounts at the same time.
Why run multiple accounts?
Running several accounts from one device, platform or app is a common practice. It helps individuals and business people promote their brands and finally take up a niche in the market quickly. Mostly, this tactics is used by those who own several online stores or actively use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), email, messengers, as promotion tools (SMM). It is not uncommon for these users to diversify their businesses and create a separate account for each business segment and/or team. Also, the more accounts you have, the less time it takes for you to embrace a large audience and go worldwide.
Also, it is more reasonable to separate work from personal matters and create two accounts on one platform – one for personal purposes and the other one for discussing business matters. This is a much safer way of running a business, because you are less likely to accidentally disclose important, corporate or confidential information to third parties.
Running multiple accounts can be a challenge, because social media platforms and messengers are wary of this practice. Facebook, for example, prohibits having more than one account, so once they spot an attempt to run two accounts from a single IP, they red-flag the user. Instagram does allow several accounts, but many users find limits (5 accounts per mobile device) too strict for running a good-sized business. Finally, in 2019 Instagram launched a massive update of its automation detection algorithms with a tidal wave of blocks ripping through the community.
Finally, target websites tend to be very suspicious about same-IP visits from different accounts and block IPs once they detect this kind of activity. This can be gut-wrenching for users, for who running several accounts is a source of income. Happily, there are effective and lawful ways around this.
Connect via a residential proxy!
Astroproxy is a rapidly growing company offering a whole bunch of advanced techniques and solutions and helping users from around the world run their businesses online.
Astroproxy is a legal distributed residential proxy network, and our pool of residential IPs embraces several countries: Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Finland, Turkey, France, Germany, Canada, Chile. If you are a SMM specialist or have other reasons to run multiple accounts, you can sign up with Astroproxy, choose a plan, and we will help you connect to any residential IP in any of these countries.
How it works
Residential proxies rely on a technique that not only masks your IP address behind another one (the proxy’s), but also makes you look to websites like a real user. It is because a residential proxy server is nothing less than a real user’s (a home owner’s) device, which is connected to the Internet via an IP assigned by an Internet service provider (not a datacenter) to the home owner’s mobile device or PC.
Another big plus is the use of the NAT (Network Access Translation) technology. It allows large groups of users to connect to just one IPv4 (because there are much more users than IPv4s). Even though target websites do see lots of visits from the same IP address, as scores of users share a whitelist IPv4, they don’t red-flag it because:
- They fully and completely trust residential IPs;
- For a website, blocking just one IPv4 would mean blocking a whole pool of its own audience.
In general, residential IPs are highly trusted by websites and do not make them feel suspicious, because IPs belong to real users.
Astroproxy opens lots of venues for social media marketing (SMM), which does involve running multiple accounts. We use technologies allowing our customers to use account management automation bots like Jarvee and Multilogin and thus ease their work without violating target websites’ rights. With these at hand, you can schedule your social media activities, such as sharing/adding/deleting content, following/unfollowing threads, sharing/adding/deleting pictures and videos, etc. With these social media automation tools at hand you can do all these things over seconds. Astroproxy integrates well with these and many other such applications.
Residential and Datacenter Proxies
Both types of proxies are used for hiding users’ IP addresses behind new ones to help them run a batch of accounts without getting blocked. Datacenter proxies are provided by datacenters, and they are more commonly used than residential proxies. This fact plays against these proxies pretty much: websites are increasingly aware that datacenter IPs are used as ways around blocks and may ban an IP once they realize it is a datacenter IP.
Residential proxy networks, such as Astroproxy offer so called rotating (backconnect) proxies. Astroproxy will set these up to switch between IPs within a pool at set intervals of every time you connect. This will make it impossible for websites to track your browser fingerprints, location, so you can run your multi-account campaign without fearing a ban. Social media will not block you, because we create a real picture of user activity for them and they do need audience to thrive and prosper.
Residential Proxies and SEO
Residential Proxies and SEO
SEO optimization is a number-one factor of success of any online business. As the competition between websites toughens, a company should use more sophisticated methods to overcome new barriers and succeed without breaching any laws or violating anyone’s interests. It is hardly possible to develop an effective promotion strategy without relying on someone else’s experience and ideas.
Using specialized SEO agencies staffed with qualified optimization professionals could be quite an option. However, SEO services are highly priced and affordable for medium-sized and large businesses, but not for individuals. Therefore, they have to rely on what they have close at hand.
About SEO auditing
To develop a SEO strategy, users have to do some SEO auditing. In most cases, it comprises the following activities, to name a few:
- Keyword checking: you view a competitor website’s pages to find out how they use tags and keywords;
- Content quality checking: you check how optimized it is to search enquiries;
- Rank checking: you request a search engine to provide you information on keyword ranking;
These are activities, which you can carry out manually and with the help of popular SEO software tools, such as ScrapeBox and Marketing Miner. With these at hand you can scrape and crawl your competitors’ or search engines’ websites to get the needed information without having to pay a lot of money for SEO services. Needless to say, they won’t welcome you once they discover scores and hundreds of visits from you. Most likely, they will red-flag and black-list you.
Why use a proxy when SEO-auditing?
Every user should be aware that every time he/she visits a website, its administration sees the IP-address, which is assigned to him by the ISP. Most websites are suspicious about multiple same-IP visits and they ban them immediately. A proxy server is a kind of intermediary between the user and the website, as all traffic (both input and output) is routed via it.
In this context, your goal is to hide your current IP address and cover up your scraping and crawling activity. There are a few great options, which can help you do that. You should decide and choose, which one looks more reliable to you.
Research SEO with Residential Proxies
Residential proxy servers are becoming popular, because they do have advantages. The type of proxy gets its name from one of its main characteristic – a proxy is a mobile device, PC, laptop or router owned by a home owner. The device is connected to an IP address that is owned by an ISP.
Once you register with a residential proxy network (for example, AstroProxy), you get access to a whole pool of residential (as well as datacenter, mobile, etc.) IP addresses. The system will connect you to any homeowner’s device located within its geographic range. From now on, when you visit a website or resource, its administrator will see this residential IP (public) address instead of your main one.
Because the address belongs to a real user, and connections are rotated at a certain time interval, your competitor’s website or search engine will not feel suspicious about these visits. It will look like different users from different regions are visiting the resource.
Residential and mobile proxy services use the NAT (Network Address Translation) technology, which is quite a way around providing a private IPv4 address to each and every user. It consists in masking numerous private IP-addresses behind just one public IP address. In other words, there may be scores of private IPs behind the public one, and they remain invisible for target websites – they see the public IP address only.
Datacenter or dedicated proxies, which assign just one IP per user, are regarded by websites and search engines with suspicion from the very beginning. If you use this type of proxy to crawl or scrape a site for SEO data (with or without using ScrapeBox, Marketing Miner, etc.), they will ban you one day. However, they cannot go about residential proxies that way, because blocking a single public IP address would mean blocking the entire pool of private IPs that are behind it. This appears to be one of the greatest advantages of residential proxies.
Find your SEO proxy with AstroProxy
AstroProxy is a promising residential, mobile and datacenter proxy network, which helps users solve a number of specific tasks, including SEO. We manage an enormous pool of residential proxies now extending to Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Finland, Germany, Turkey, France, Canada, and Chile. In other words, once you have registered with AstroProxy and chosen a plan, we will connect you to any residential IP located in these countries.
We will set your connection to switch a proxy at a certain time interval. Also, you can choose a backconnect proxy for even higher anonymity: the system will switch proxies every time you go online.
AstroProxy hires a team of devoted professionals with huge experience of operating proxies for various purposes. We provide round-the-clock monitoring of our proxies within the range and ensure 99.9% availability. Thousands of public IP addresses distributed across the countries mentioned above will get you through your SEO research without a hitch without any detriment to your reputation.
Residential proxies and data extraction
Residential proxies and data extraction
In order to run an online business successfully, one should stay informed about what’s going on in the business world and, particularly, in a specific sphere. There always must be a source of relevant information at hand.
There are lots of reasons why we need to use this information. For example, we need to know how a business works, so we do need to browse and read about similar projects. Second, you should have a bit of understanding of how your competitors are doing and know the secrets of their success, so you can apply some practices in your own business. Third, to compete successfully, they need to analyze competitors’ pricing policies and/or check relevant pricing information, which is not always available through mere browsing.
How big data is extracted
Browsing is a common way of obtaining information, which everyone tries at some point. However, it is very time-taking and not productive at all on a business scale. There are automated scraping, phishing, crawling and parsing tools and techniques (bots, robots, spiders, etc.). They are intended for extracting large volumes of data from websites. Today, there is hardly a successful enterprise out there, which has not used at least one of these methods.
Website owners and admins would not be eager give away information, which they have worked so hard to obtain. Or they need to do their uttermost to secure proprietary information, which they do not want to share with potential competitors. They regard any bot, crawler, spider, etc. activity as suspicious and take steps to block it. They can identify you by IP and, if they assume that you are visiting their site too frequently, they will blacklist and block you right away. If you have visited the site from multiple accounts yet from the same IP address, they will get banned inevitably. To avoid this, you should mask your IP.
A proxy connection is a popular solution for those who need to disguise their IP addresses. If you have connected to one, your target websites will see the proxy’s IP address, not yours. If you have signed up with a proxy network (residential, datacenter, etc.), you can get a pool of proxies, so you can connect to a different one every time you go online and extract data. Also, you can set up a bot to connect to different proxies at a set interval of time and get your crawler to work. This will help you look more natural to websites and reduce the likelihood of getting a red flag.
Residential and Datacenter Proxies
However, a connection to a proxy server alone is not the end of the story. Datacenter proxies are the most popular type of proxies. Proxy servers are located at datacenters and are owned by large companies. These proxies are most frequently used by scrapers, parsers, crawlers and other types of data extraction bots. Unfortunately, there is a category of users who use these tools for unethical and even criminal purposes. This has earned datacenter proxies some bad reputation. Websites have developed advanced methods of distinguishing between different types of proxies and regard datacenter proxies with suspicion. Some websites already have pools of blacklisted datacenter proxies and ban users visiting them from datacenter IPs. This means that a datacenter proxy is no longer a panacea against bans.
Why residential proxies are more helpful in data extraction
A residential proxy is an IP address provided to a home owner by an ISP. Home owners’ devices – PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones – play the role of a proxy server once you connect to the Internet via one. For this reason, when you visit a website via a residential proxy, they see the home owner’s IP address, not yours.
Although residential proxies do have weak spots, they are increasingly helpful in data extraction. There are several good reasons why businesses choose residential proxies:
- Because the devices mentioned above belong to real users (home owners), websites and online services see these IPs and have no reason to be suspicious about them. So, if you have connected to one, the target site will see the home owner’s IP and will not block you. Now, what you actually do is hide your main IP address behind a real user’s IP address.
- Residential IPs are unified into networks (like AstroProxy), which operate in different parts of the world. For example, AstroProxy handles residential IPs in Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. This means that you can sign up with the network and go online via any residential proxy server located in these countries.
- AstroProxy can ensure even better protection with the help of residential rotating (backconnect) proxies. You not only hide your IP address behind another one, but connect to a new IP every time you go online. The company will provide you a pool of residential IPs, so you can switch between them and make it for a target site look like it has just had lots of visits from around the globe. You can set the system to rotate IPs at your preferred time interval or contact us to switch IPs upon your request. This option will help you scrape dozens of sites without fearing red flags.
Choose our network!
AstroProxy offers a range of services and high security level at an affordable price. Because residential proxies are more expensive than datacenter proxies, many users face a temptation of getting involved with free residential proxy networks. They offer free services either because they are too broke to purchase and implement high quality software and hardware or they scam and/or hack users’ account and steal personal information. Neither is acceptable for a user.
Therefore, it is highly advisable to sign up with a network, which has been around for a little while and has a strong standing in the market. AstroProxy is a rapidly growing network of residential and mobile proxies, and we offer plans that are tailored to users’ most common needs and budgets. Also, there is a free 30-day trial period, so you can test every option and see if everything suits you well.
Ad Verification with Residential Proxies
Ad Verification with Residential Proxies
The need for ad verification is just one of the reasons why proxies’ (residential, datacenter, etc.) popularity is skyrocketing. No business or individual wants to end up with money wasted because their ads fail to reach the target audience due to improper placement or criminal activities. With competition getting tougher every day, the demand for effective and reliable advertisement increases, and advertisers expect bigger returns on their investments. A residential proxy appears to be a decent tool that helps pinpoint and disrupt any barriers between you and your audience.
What is Ad Verification?
Ad verification is a set of activities, which advertisers undertake to ensure that their ads are displayed in such a way as to attract more audience and as agreed with the publisher. More specifically, advertisers ensure that an ad’s elements and parameters meet those specified in ad campaign settings. To do so, they incorporate verification tags and beacons in the ad markup, which help them check the publisher’s content and its relevance for the ad.
The final goal is ensuring that the ad has gotten through to the audience and made them want to buy goods and services being advertised. Also, advertisers want to be sure that their ads are placed on respective pages and in an appropriate context, which will not avert potential customers.
Largely, ad verification implies protecting ads against different types of fraud, which include fake impressions and clicks. Residential proxy servers help to check how ads are displayed in different geographic locations (localized ad verification) and prevent fraud (vendor verification).
What is Ad Fraud?
Hackers use different dishonest tactics to boost their traffic statistics. They are very skilled and come up with new sophisticated methods every day to simulate traffic, falsify clicks and impressions. This causes a lot of financial trouble for advertisers, because ad scams thus steal their conversions, pay per click, and rob you of return on investment (ROI). They run fake websites, which look very similar to original ones and thus secretly redirect traffic to them. On top of that, they automate the process by using multiple accounts, ad click bots and scripts. It has been calculated that advertisers lose $1 out of every $3 due to these fraudulent activities.
Why Ad Verification is a Must
Loss of екфаашс due to hacker attacks can rob you of a good share of ROI and reduce part of your effort to ashes. If you fail to verify your ad campaign, you may lose it all before you understand what is happening. For this reason, ad verification with a trustworthy residential proxy network (for example, AstroProxy), is an absolute must.
Proper ad verification can help you ensure contextual brand safety. It is not uncommon for fraudsters to place ads on inappropriate resources abounding in adult and/or violent content, which can seriously impair your name. Second, you should be very careful if you are advertising alcohol, tobacco, medicines, and other products, because their distribution and sales are regulated differently in different countries. In this case, you should choose a proper verification strategy, which will help you ensure that you are not violating any laws.
If you are advertising your brand in a country, where geo-restrictions by IP are a common practice, you need a tool, which can help you fly in under the radar. AstroProxy will connect you to a residential proxy server located in this country and disguise you as one of its regular citizens. Now you can visit local publishers via this home owner’s device and notice signs of fraud without being spotted.
Why Residential Proxies instead of Datacenter Proxies?
Fraudulent sites do not want to surrender their positions and always try to outwit and block those who counter their criminal work. Datacenter proxies are popular because they are cheap. They have pools of IP addresses belonging to advertisers who want to protect their campaigns. Besides, they are all savvies and know how to avoid exposure. If you try to track a fraudster site via a datacenter IP, you will appear on their radar after a little while and get blocked immediately.
If you have signed up with AstroProxy, now you have a pool of thousands of residential proxies. A residential proxy is nothing less than a regular home owner’s device (PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone) with an IP address, to which the network will connect you. From now on, whatever website you visit, it will see the user’s IP address, not yours. Because it is a regular user’s IP, they will have few reasons to suspect you, because you will be indistinguishable from any other residential IP owner. Given the huge size of the pool and an opportunity to change an IP address at a brief time interval (backconnect residential proxies), fraudsters have zero chance to catch up with you.
What deters many advertisers from using residential proxies is their somewhat high price compared to datacenter proxies. However, given the more than 30% ROI loss inflicted by ad fraud, a tariff of $0.1 per IP and $5 per gigabyte appears to be quite a trade-off. In this context, joining AstroProxy has to be your most favorable investment and the most cost-effective way to keep ad fraudsters away from your business.
Extend Your Target Audience with AstroProxy
Given the above information, AstroProxy is a great option for you if you are going to promote your brand in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Germany and France. Just find your target audience in any of these countries, connect to residential IPs located in these and monitor your ad campaign safely and effectively. No fraudulent website or hacker group will be aware that you are tracking your campaign. Once you are connected to a residential IP, you can see whether or not your ads and affiliate links are placed properly and take appropriate steps if something goes wrong. AstroProxy offers high quality services at affordable prices.
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Why Residential Proxies are Better than Datacenter Proxies?
What is a proxy server?
Proxy servers are intended for setting up high-anonymity Internet connections and, initially, as a tool to counter hacker attacks and surveillance. A proxy server is a device (a PC, laptop, etc.), which is an intermediary between a user’s device or local network and the global network (the Internet). High anonymity is achieved through masking of a user’s main IP-address behind the proxy’s.
If you are directly connected to a server, whatever website or resource you visit, it will track your IP address, which your ISP has assigned to you. Once you connect to a proxy server, that IP-address is no longer visible to the website. They will see the proxy’s IP instead.
Why use proxies?
As mentioned above, proxies are used to change your visible IP-address when you browse. This is not to justify any nefarious or felonious activities: all you want to do is circumvent barriers, not conceal your identity. Proxy servers are used for several purposes, to name a few:
- Circumventing restrictions and bans: some ISPs may geo-block access to websites. To overcome such barriers, you can connect to a proxy located in the website’s home country. Likewise, if a website is blocked in your country, you can connect to a proxy located outside your country, from where the website is accessible, and view it. This is also the case of query and download limits: you can circumvent these in exactly the same fashion.
- Data scraping: to run a website or a business successfully, one should have sources of information close at hand. If you hang around a resource for a long time, its owner might not be okay with that, so he or she will ban you. You can change your IP-address and take suspicion off from yourself (at least for a little while) and continue to scrape data.
- Website and ad verification: also, you can use the tactics to check the accessibility of your website and ads in other regions of the world. In other words, you can access your own page from a foreign proxy and see whether or not it is displayed properly and ensure that the content is not distorted.
Why choose residential proxies?
There are various types of proxies that differ in structure and reliability. The most common ones are datacenter and residential proxies.
Datacenter proxies are very popular, because they use advanced software and technical solutions. They boast speedy and stable connections. Mostly, they are used for vendor purposes: ISPs rent servers and IP pools that are owned by datacenters. The IPs are sold to users.
You can purchase a group of IPs and change them from time to time, making it even harder for websites to track them. Datacenter proxies are quite so affordable. However, they have some weak spots.
Their effectiveness attracts crowds of users, and not all of them are good boys and girls. Cybercriminals and bot networks choose them more often than not, so they have pretty much fallen into distrust. Many whales, such as Avito, Facebook, Google, Instagram, etc., have blacklisted large pools of datacenter IPs. Therefore, if you have connected to a datacenter proxy and are now browsing actively, admins will definitely check your IP and ban it in case it is blacklisted (which is quite so possible). Just the mere fact of your using a datacenter IP is a good reason for many sites to at least scrutinize you.
For this reason, residential proxies are increasingly popular. In fact, a residential IP is an address, which an ISP assigns to ordinary users (mostly homeowners); these, in turn, allow other users to route their traffic via their devices (PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones or routers) and use them as proxy servers. Once you have connected to such a proxy, your main IP-address will be masked behind the proxy’s address.
Residential proxies are managed by networks, and AstroProxy is just one of them. It handles a huge number of residential IPs in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Germany and France. In other words, you can connect to any residential IP located in these countries.
We use the NAT technology, which allows hundreds and thousands of devices, each one having its own IPv4 address, to connect to one public residential IPv4 address. It is impossible to provide a public IPv4 address to each and every user, so NAT appears to be an excellent solution. A large number of addresses can be hidden behind the public IPv4 address and are invisible for websites, as these users browse. Every time you visit a resource via a residential IP, it is this public residential IP address, which belongs to the owner of the residential proxy (he is just an ordinary user), that the resource will be able to track.
Also, there are backconnect residential proxies, which allow you to change IPs several times a day and make it even harder to track you.
That’s why websites do not ban residential IP-addresses, they just see no reason to suspect ordinary users of nefarious activities. There is no anti-bot or anti-spam system that can distinguish you from a regular user. Also, blocking residential IPs would not be good for websites themselves, because it would harm not only bots, scrapers or account managers, but regular users as well.
Although residential proxies are more expensive than datacenter proxies, most likely, they will pretty much outrun datacenters in popularity. Many savvies consider datacenter proxies obsolete, because they are blocked soon after you connect to them and cannot really perform their functions any more (circumventing bans, search for information, etc.)
If you would like to check your proxy server’s category and ensure that it is reliable, please, check https://proxyleak.com (Extended Version -> IP address). If you realize that it is a datacenter proxy, look for another one, because sites will automatically list your address as suspicious, you will lose access to your favorite websites and eventually waste your money. Instead, you can contact a reliable and reputable network (for example, AstroProxy), connect to a residential proxy, browse without fearing bans and access any relevant information.
How does changing IP per request work?
Ports work independently. When changing the address for each request, each connection will have its IP address before it is closed.
The change mode "per request" is very specific and is used in some types of parsing tasks; use it only after testing.
How to test AstroProxy proxy servers for free
To test a proxy for free, you should contact the support service and request the bot to provide you a test connection or consult an admin.
You will be granted a small sum of money, which is enough to get to know the service.
If you need more money for a test, the support service will be happy to grant you a larger sum, but manually.
Increased bot activity and unethical users have forced us to reduce the test sum to less than $1.
It is enough to buy just one mobile or residential proxy port (a dynamic proxy) with 100Mb of traffic.
This post describes in detail all order parameters and explains how to use our proxies.
Once the sum is added to your account, you must order a port.
A port is a dynamic proxy (controlled, back-connect), and its address is actually our server’s address; the external address will change as specified in the port settings.
Therefore, once you have ordered a port, you need to enter the proxy address into the soft or browser without having to make any further changes to the settings.
How to place an order:
1. Be sure that you have money on your account
2. Press the "Add port" button
3. Select appropriate settings. (Please follow the manual to see options)
ATTENTION! To avoid bans, we strongly recommend that you choose both country-level and city-level targeting.
You can read more about the choice of a proxy for specific goals in the FAQ section ( https://blog.astroproxy.com/en/faq ) or consult our support service.
Choose the new-IP-for-every-request mode only if you are sure you can use it without getting banned!
Real users do not change IPs randomly. They rotate them within a particular city location or ISP’s range only.
Also, if you are running a lengthy session, you must be sure that all your requests come from the same IP address. This mode is not suited for browsing or Facebook!
This mode is good for specific registration goals and some types of parsing.
For manual browser or anti-detect browser work it is better to manually change IPs by HTTP-link URL.
The Main Order Parameters
Quantity: a needed number of ports with the same settings. We recommend that you create a separate port for each account and thread. If you need a long list of proxies, you can create lots of low-traffic (for example, 100Mb) ports.
Name: name your port in such a way as not to mix it with proxies, particularly if you work in a team. Many users give mnemonic names to ports.
Network type: a type of proxy, which you are going to order (mobile, residential, datacenter, etc.)
Country: specify a country that is home to IP addresses, which you are going to assign to your port (if you choose "Any", the system will randomly pick an IP address from the pool).
City: specify a city that is home to IP addresses, which you are going to assign to your port (if you choose "Any", the system will randomly pick an IP address located in any city within the range).
ISP: Internet Service Provider (if you choose "Any", the system will randomly pick an IP address located in any city within the range).
ATTENTION! To avoid bans, we strongly recommend that you use country- and city-level targeting and, if you use mobile proxies, ISP-level targeting as well.
Rotate external IP: a port’s operation mode. It determines how external IPs will be rotated: by time, HTTP-link URL/GET request, or you will get a new IP address every time you go online. Choose one that suits your goals. To avoid problems, consult our support service. In most cases, rotation by time or HTTP-link URL works well. Sometimes, IP addresses change by themselves, imitating users’ activity. Our system will select an appropriate new IP address as you configure it to.
Traffic volume: once you buy a port, you get a prepaid volume of traffic. When it expires, you can extend the port and buy the needed amount of traffic. To see how much traffic you need, you should test the system. You should order at least 100Mb of traffic.
Login: username, which you type in to access proxies.
Password: type it in to access proxies.
Access by IP (each written in a new line): if you do not want to enter your username and password for some reason, you can specify a list of IP addresses intended for passwordless authentication. In this case, you will not need to enter username and password.
When you have finished the order procedure, the port will appear in your profile.
The main elements are shown and described in the screenshot images.
To avoid problems and make your work with dynamic proxies more effective, consult our support service!
Thus you will save a lot of time and energy.
The main elements are shown and described in the screenshot images.
To avoid problems and make your work with dynamic proxies more effective, consult our support service!
Thus you will save a lot of time and energy.
If I choose ‘any’, will I be connected to IPs from a specific country or will countries change every time I connect?
If you have chosen ‘Any’, the system will automatically select an IP from the pool. It will choose any address that is currently not being used.
Also, it can rotate IPs. There won’t be any country-level targeting, the system will choose IPs from different countries.
What would you recommend if I use Facebook?
1. Depending on your use of your Facebook account, buy at least 500Mb of traffic per port/account.
For Facebook, use a rotate-by-HTTP-link mode. Create a separate port for each account. It is imperative that you select city-level targeting in the settings!
It is advisable that you choose the city, which you have specified (in the respective field in your account) as your home city.
2. Before you advertise, warm up your account: make a friend list, subscribe to communities, click like buttons, repost, exchange messages, etc. Be sure that your language, activity, subscribers, etc. maximally cater to the proxy’s geographic location.
3. Launching it:
If you are planning long-term advertising, it is advisable to hire a group of admins to run your fan page in case you get banned. Leak your traffic gradually; you’ll be better off using a physical card. However, it is an advertisement issue, not a proxy issue. Even if you realize that your ad cabinet is banned, not the account itself (for your failure to provide a selfie, etc.), your account and proxy are ok.
What is the difference between mobile/residential/datacenter proxies?
Can I pay via PayPal?
Yes, you can. PayPal is an international payment system used by thousands of vendors around the globe.
What if the webRTC does not change?
Use anti-detect browsers (Multilogin, Indigo, LinkenSphere, Aezakmi) or deactivate WebRTC.
Linken Sphere will reload WebRTC if you change IP in Dynamic Socks 5
Dynamic socks5: for mobile SOCKS; every time you change IP it reloads page to substitute for WebRTC.
We either block media.peerconnection.enabled = false
or set it up to connect to a default IP address
media.peerconnection.ice.default_address_only = true
Google Chrome the WebRTC Block or WebRTC Leak Prevent plugin (there is one for Opera as well).
How big is the proxy pool?
More than 100,000 IPs per day and 1,000,000 unique IP addresses per month. The pool is growing all the time.
This data was last updated on 05/05/2020.
I came across your competitor’s website offering residential proxies at lower prices than yours. What’s wrong?
1. Please, always be sure you are not being tricked into using datacenter proxies instead of residential ones. You can check it out on proxyleak.com > extended version -> ip -> type, there should be the word “residential.”
2. Every time you check such services, be sure you are not being tricked into buying a proxy that is actually an open one, which happens quite so often. Check out 2ip.ru in the privacy checkup section. Make sure there are no open ports.
3. Always check IP’s rankings using, for example, https://getipintel.net/. Some IPs are overloaded or spammed.
4. We have very few true competitors. We offer high quality proxies that outperform Luminati, Geosurf, Microleaves, etc., at a five times lower price, let alone user friendliness and easy registration.
I would like to run a multithread in ZennoPoster, but I want ports to rotate IPs independently of each other. Should I use a GET request?
Yes, once you are finished with your work, you’ll better off using GET/POST and/or API
Whoer.net sees some proxies as blacklisted. What can I do about it?
Even Whoer says the blacklists do influence SMTP messaging. Very many mobile and residential proxies have been blacklisted. This happens when a single external ‘white’ IP address is shared by hundreds of devices, some of which may be infected and sending out SMTP spam; the address may end up in a blacklist. This concerns SMTP messaging only, other functions are not affected.
What is a rotation HTTP-link URL?
Where do I find a GET/POST request to assign a new IP to a port?
How much traffic should I specify in my order?
You should order at least 100 Mb of traffic. You can extend your port anytime, and you will know how much traffic you need as you continue to use our service.
I’d like to connect to a residential proxy in Canada. How do I pay for it? How expensive is it?
You pay for a port and traffic. All our proxies are dynamic, i. e. external IPs will be rotated as you set them up to be. We do not charge any extra fees for your accessing of IP addresses.
Does the number of ports matter much?
To avoid bans, you can create a port for each thread and change IP addresses every time you finish a task if you like.
How do I change an external IP by HTTP-link URL?How do I change an external IP by HTTP-link URL?
There is a button in your profile and API (POST/GET) functions, which integrate into the software. You can change IPs through a click on the button or using API.
How long does the trial period last?
The trial period starts once you start routing traffic via a proxy. Its length depends on the test period specified in your order. We pass only test payments to the account.
Where can I look up the number of proxies, which I’m going to use?
We provide access to a pool of proxies. The number of ports is specified by you when placing an order. A port is equivalent to a dynamic proxy. A dynamic (backconnect) proxy is one with an unchanging address (our server). The external address will change as you configure it to when placing an order.
What tariff is better for Facebook advertising?
If you are planning to advertise on Facebook, you must use a residential proxy with mandatory city- or ISP-level targeting. Each account should have a separate port. Rotate IPs by HTTP-link URL only, do not change them during a session.
How long does a proxy last?
We are a dynamic network, so even if your IP address goes offline, the system will provide a new IP in such a way as to look like you are a regular user, i. e. the new IP address is located in the same city and belongs to the same ISP (as specified in your order). This means that a proxy lasts forever.
Can I change IPs through API based on specific parameters (country+city+ISP and possibly IP mask)?
To change IP, you can use API or click the button in your profile; IPs will rotate within the range specified in your order, our server will select IPs in an automated mode.
Do your proxies work for services like craigslist.org and ebay.com?
Yes, they do. We suggest that you use residential proxies with city-level targeting, or mobile proxies with city- and ISP-level targeting. This should help you avoid bans. Please, assign a separate port to each account.
I need a proxy connection to boost user behavior data in search engines. Which one should I use?
We recommend residential and mobile proxies with mandatory city-level and ISP-level targeting (for mobile proxies) as well. You can set it up to change IP by HTTP-link URL or at a time interval, which exceeds the session’s length by 15%. A separate port should be assigned to each thread.
Do you provide static IPs?
We are a residential proxy network, so we cannot guarantee availability of static IPs. However, there is hardly a task, where static IPs would be absolutely necessary; you just need to connect to proxies located within a particular city and run by a particular ISP, just like regular residents do. Choose city-level targeting.
How do I know how much traffic I need to use?
This requires a bit of testing; three hours of active Facebook farming with video and photo viewing will take about 500 Mb.
I purchased dynamic ports with IPs rotated by HTTP-link URL. I didn’t change address in my profile, it just change by itself. Why?
This can be due to high network activity. To avoid bans, you should use a separate port for each account and use city-level targeting. If you are using mobile proxies, use both city- and ISP-level targeting.
What geo options do you offer and at what price? Do I need to pay a monthly fee or based on the amount of traffic used?
You pay 2.5$ or more per gigabyte; latest information on prices and geo is available on the order page. You should order at least 100Mb (about $0.34)
Why should I not get a new IP for every request?
As you do a task, the IP may change, and your target service feel suspicious. Use this mode only if it really suits you and you fully understand how it works. This mode is great for proprietary software developers.
How do I test it for free?
Contact our support service and follow instructions. Feel free to ask us what settings and tariffs to choose, so you can work without a hitch.
What is a port (proxy port, thread)?
A port is what is presented as IP:PORT, a dynamic proxy, and our server (node-xx-x.astroproxy.com) is this proxy’s address. The port’s external addresses (proxy addresses) change according to the port’s settings. At a certain point of time, a single port is using only one external IP.
I’m planning to work with social media and run multiple accounts. Which option is more suitable for these purposes?
Can I change a country, build up traffic, and switch between IP rotation modes after purchase?
You cannot switch between countries. You can extend and build up traffic, switch between IP rotation modes and change your login.
What should I do if I run out of traffic?
Once a port expires, you can top up your balance and then press the Extend button. Once you have specified the amount of traffic, the system will deduct the respective sum from your account.
AstroProxy Helps Business
AstroProxy is a young residential proxy network, which has gained immaculate reputation over a little while and now is expanding rapidly. If provides quite a number of options for those who have good reasons to mask their real IP addresses and continue to work legally and profitably.
The company offers solutions for online business persons, who need to ensure that they can get all needed information online and be sure they will not be blocked from accessing it. AstroProxy operates a good-sized network and provides the following types of proxies:
- Datacenter proxies offer pools of traditional IP addresses that are owned by hosting providers, yet are not connected to ISPs.
- Residential proxies are rented by ISPs and assigned to homeowners. Actually residential proxy is an IP assigned to a device owned by a homeowner, who allows other uses to connect to and route traffic via it.
- Mobile proxies are actually mobile devices, whose owners allow other users to route traffic via these devices.
AstroProxy is well aware of the pluses and minuses of each of these options. We insist that residential IPs do have future. They are effective in terms of masking conventional IPs, because residential IPs are rented by ISPs and represent real users (homeowners) in different parts of the world. Once a user, who connects via a residential IP, visits a website, the residential IP-address (not the user’s main one) becomes visible for the website. Because the residential user is real, it won’t look suspicious to the website and won’t make them want to block it. This opens up quite a plethora of horizons for businesses.
AstroProxy helps find real data
There are quite a number of good reasons why businesses want to resort to residential IPs. Most businesses want to know more about their competitors. They have to do tons of browsing and make competitor websites feel suspicious about them. Websites tend to distrust datacenter IPs because they are notoriously popular among scams. Any user attempting to scrape data from a website via such an IP will be banned pretty soon.
Residential IPs do not cause any suspicions, providing that they are run by a reputable company and have not been abused. Any visit from a residential IP looks to websites like a real one, because they see real users’ IPs and therefore do not need to worry. Businesses can check as many websites as they need to dig information without fearing red flags.
Getting blocked by a competitor is frustrating, but not the worst thing yet. Scams can track your IP address, take time to check and learn your every move and steal your identity. You may end up with your IP stolen and used as a server for scam purposes. The worst-case scenario is your ruined reputation, because all nasty tricks will be carried out on your behalf. If you join AstroProxy, you will be able to connect to a new residential IP every day, so criminals won’t keep up with you.
Brand and Copyright protection
If you are running a business online, brand and copyright protection should be your number-one priority. Just like your competitors, you will want to ensure that no one captures your idea and implements it before you do. Therefore, it is no wonder that websites keep track of IPs visiting them (including yours).
Also, residential IPs help to target counterfeit firms. To cover up tracks, these fraudulent firms block IPs that come from countries where manufacturers are headquartered and original goods are produced. This makes it hard to trace them and bring to justice. With a residential IP at hand it is possible to connect to a server located in such a country and secure your brand and/or intellectual property.
AstroProxy has all tools at hand, which can help you avoid the trouble. Residential IPs are among the safest ones, particularly those handled by reputable and conscientious providers. We guarantee full and complete protection of your brand and whatever copyright information you have in relation to your business.
Testing Foreign Software
If you are a business person and you have purchased an important application made by a company headquartered outside of your country, you may have difficulty testing its performance. Keeping all apps ticking properly is a must for any business. There are ways around the barrier: you can outsource an expert in the app’s home country or connect to an office in that country via a residential IP. The latter appears to be a quicker, easier and cheaper option. AstroProxy handles a huge network of residential IPs, so we will put you through to the app developer in a matter of minutes.
Many accommodation services and booking offices set prices that are discriminately different according to geographic location. Also, they offer discount to citizens of some countries. In this context, residential IPs open up numerous saving opportunities. In other words, a user can connect to a residential IP located in a region, where services are less expensive or discounted and save quite a bit of cash.
Ad verification and marketing
Marketing and advertising are the two fundamental musts for everyone aiming for a success in an online business. Businesses need to be sure that every ad they place online is eventually viewed by the target audience. It is hardly a secret that there are guys who use high-tech tricks to use someone else’s ad and claim revenue for these without actually placing an ad. Not infrequently, scams redirect users from real pages to fake ones than present misleading or false information.
If you want to be sure that your ad is visible to your target audience in another country, the best thing you can do is route your connection via a residential IP located in this country and view your ad. Also, you can check the work of local search engines by your website’s ranking. Finally, by connecting to a local residential IP, you can check your competitors’ marketing tactics and maybe get an understanding how to improve yours.
Staffing your business
Today, it is quite possible to find a gifted specialist in any location. Businesses are increasingly interested in employing qualified staff and building international teams, which has proved to be an effective tactics. However, many job sites use geolocation filters and block candidates from specific countries.
A residential proxy pretty much solves the problem, as you can connect via a resident of the country, where the job site is hosted, and browse for an employee as if you were just another citizen of this country. With AstroProxy by your side, you can find and employ a savvy in less than a few minute in Germany, France, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus.
To sell goods and services in social media, users have to market them properly. This may require running several accounts, which is not welcomed by social networking websites. If you try to market in social media using your main IP only, they will promptly reveal and red-flag you. Most social media use anti-bot tools, so using a bot won’t work either.
A residential IP is quite a solution when it comes to masking your main IP and running your campaign from several accounts. If you apply to AstroProxy, we will pick up a network of residential IPs for you and make you look to these websites like a group of independent users. You will be able to run your marketing campaign without fearing a red flag.
Given the facts described above, it can be admitted that the biggest disadvantage of residential proxies their high price. AstroProxy is a user-oriented company that aims for high quality, online security and fair pricing. As it is recognized by our community, we are doing a good job solving numerous problems for businesses and individuals.
I bought a proxy from another network, and they work on a pay-per-thread basis, i. e. each thread is a new IP address. Can I do the same here?
In AstroProxy, you buy a port with a prepaid traffic volume. The external address will change depending on how you have configured it during the purchase. The term “thread” is used in different ways, and in this context it means “a port.” You just need to buy the needed number of ports.
I need to see a list of proxies, but I cannot.
1. Create as many low-traffic (for example, 100 Mb) ports in your profile as you can (as many as you want to see in the list);
2. Export the list in your preferred format.
How many simultaneous connections can a port handle?
A port handles up to 50 TCP connections.
Do I need to pay on a monthly basis or when I run out of traffic?
If the month ends before you run out of gigabytes, you make your monthly payment. If you run out of gigabytes before the month ends, you pay for another portion of gigabytes.
Is a port actually a one IP address?
A port (IP:PORT) is a proxy server. You connect to it, and it is static. An external IP address will change as you configure it when buying a port.
I read about different types of proxy networks: residential, business, college, hosting. What are these?
Business networks are run by organizations and offices (office buildings, small enterprises, etc.);
Cellular/mobile networks (Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile etc.);
Residential networks are operated by home ISPs (Comcast Cable, Charter etc.)
College networks are run by colleges or high schools (Harvard High School)
Hosting networks include datacenters or cloud services (Rackspace, Softlayer, AWS).
Do you provide IPs that belong to real users?
Yes, all IPs that we offer belong to real users, and we access their channels on mutually rewarding terms.
Is your network distributed around different countries and the United States?
In the order panel you can select an IP in a country and/or city, in which we operate right now.
What is the price?
You pay us for building a port (a small fee) and traffic (the bulk of the price), and You pay on a traffic-per-port basis. The port may expire by traffic or cash – whichever runs out first.
What is the number of users per channel?
The system provides individual ports, so that customers do not run across each other.
What kind of traffic do you charge?
We charge for one that turns out bigger. If you have downloaded more data than uploaded, the downloaded traffic will count and vice versa.
What’s your trial grant?
We grant $2 for trial, so you can buy some proxy packages you need.
The trial starts once you run traffic via a proxy. You don’t need to worry even if you are unable to start right after grant receipt.
To run a trial, please, type in your email.
How frequently can I change IP?
You can change IP address once every 30 seconds. The IP will change instantly, without delays.
What are the support service’s work hours?
The support service is available from 9:00 a. m through 12:00 a.m. every day.
Response time depends on our team’s workload. Please, stay put, and we will answer any and all of your questions.
What’s a proxy pool?
Only online IPs can be part of a pool. Hand-picking digits to create addresses that are not actually online constitutes a scam.
We run our business honestly, so our pools include online IPs only.
How big is our pool of proxies?
Our pool is growing all the time and it comprised 100 000 IP addresses when we were writing this post. For more accurate information, please, contact our support service.
What is the uptime?
We use dynamic proxies with advanced algorithms, which ensure a 99.9% uptime.
Proxies go down only in case of serious technical issues. I there is one, our team of technicians will promptly fix it, and we will compensate for the downtime.
Do you have Instagram/ WhatsApp/ Avito/ Facebook/ Google/ behavioral/ advertising/ parsing, etc. proxies?
Yes, we provide proxies that solve all sorts of tasks. Please, address our support service, specify your goals and tasks, and they will pick up the right type of proxy for you.
Some IPs are blacklisted. Does that mean there are bad proxies?
Residential or mobile proxies will not get blacklisted unless you use SMTP to spam. With these types of proxies, blacklists can be disregarded.
If you use a blacklisted datacenter proxy, you will not be able to use SMTP servers effectively.
In blacklisted proxies because providers distribute one external IP to hundreds of users.
For example, one user has a virus on the computer and sends letters, the IP address falls into the SMTP black list (and correctly, there should not be mail servers on user computers, where should they be in a normal situation? User computers should not send letters, this is the way it works mail part internet).
In the case of hosting, which can be a mail server, everything is obvious, if the IP address is not resident, but belongs to the hosting, blacklists will protect against spamming from servers.
If Google / FB and others are banned, it’s not for the SMTP black list, but for the data center / hosting ip, which also has a low trust scrore
(you can check the trust score, for example, at https://getipintel.net/ )
You can see the type of IP to which the proxy belongs on the site https://proxyleak.com -> Extended version -> IP -> Type
Most IP verification services do not show and do not bind between types of IP addresses, because access to databases with types is many times more expensive than profit from the verification service itself or related products sold on it (for example, VPN)
I noticed that output IPs change automatically. I checked my settings and found that it was set up to change by time or HTTPs link (GET request).
Is 25 tcp port open? (SMTP) Is it possible to do mailings with your proxies?
At the moment (SMTP, tcp port 25) is closed on our proxies. Astroproxy is not suitable for SMTP mailing lists.
Perhaps we will add proxies for mailing lists later. Follow the news 'https://t.me/astroproxy_info'
NAT technology at home and mobile networks
NAT technology at home and mobile networks. Why do ASTROPROXY have a high trust?
The essence of Astroproxy's success is that our proxies use the problem of lack of real / white IPv4 addresses.
Users of home and mobile Internet are given “gray” addresses of providers and there are always a lot of users behind one white address of the provider, due to NAT technology, the fundamental technology on which home and mobile Internet is built (and most networks with a large number of users), since each user You cannot issue a white IPv4 address.
Remote sites cannot see the "gray addresses" (the addresses are located behind the NAT provider), they only see the white IP addresses of the provider.
Accordingly, if a remote service, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google, easily blocks your “individual proxy for $10, ultra-white and good,” simply adding it to the IP blocking list (since this is just a server address that no one else uses) , but this cannot be done with mobile and residential addresses, because not only the bot, spammer or account manager, but also ordinary users will suffer.
And the “individual” server proxies is a relic of 2007, maybe then they worked, right now, any large platform will block such an “individual proxy”, by the criterion that it belongs to the data-center / dedicated server / vds.
You can check the type of your proxies, your home or mobile address on the site https://proxyleak.com in the Extended Version -> IP address section.
If you see a datacenter there, then your proxies will be immediately banned at the first need, which cannot be said about residential / mobile addresses.
If you still have any questions contact the contacts below and we will answer about everything related to residential and mobile proxies.
Residential Proxy Choice Guide
A proxy server is an intermediary element between a user’s device and the end server, which lets through data that streams between the two in both directions. Proxies are used as tools for anonymity purposes, as they help to mask IP addresses. There are different types of proxy servers, and a rapidly growing number of proxy networks. Residential proxies are increasingly popular thanks to high level of anonymity. Although they are a little less speedy and less common than datacenter proxies, they tend to be safer and more trustworthy.
What is It?
Residential proxies are provided by commercial consumer-level ISPs, which are located in residential areas. These providers operate for homeowners. In fact, a residential proxy is a homeowner’s device (a PC, smartphone, etc.), which uses a kind of application with the functionality of a proxy server and is operated by a local commercial ISP. In turn, a proxy server is part of a globally operating proxy server network, such as AstroProxy. Every server has its own IP address, which you will be allowed to use once you connect to a residential proxy.
Why Use a Residential Proxy Network?
AstroProxy is a residential proxy network, which can show you ways around the limitations that may be imposed by main servers. Once a user connects via a residential IP, the public IP is no longer visible to a website he or she is visiting: it will be hidden behind the new residential IP address. This kind of disguise is helpful when there is a need for, to name a few:
Ad verification: advertisers want to be sure that their ads are visible and displayed well in different parts of the world. Likewise, IT users can verify that ads, which they see, are legitimate.
Accessing geo-restricted content: it is possible to connect to a residential IP and view websites, which are accessible to citizens of the country, in which this residential IP is located, but are not accessible in your country.
Circumventing price discrimination: some booking offices, hotels, etc., set higher prices for residents of some countries. AstroProxy will help you pick out an IP located in a country, whose residents are not discriminated by these companies, and buy a ticket or service at a fair price.
Web scraping: as developers collect information, they have to visit a website many times a day and get red-flagged as suspicious users. Once connected to a residential IP address, one can visit a website many times from different IPs, as if those were different users.
Social media marketing: marketers often create and use several accounts when promoting their brands via social networks, and get banned. Residential proxies can help you look more real to these websites and avoid red flags.
Where to Look for a Decent Residential Proxy?
One thing to be remembered is that residential proxies are more expensive than datacenter proxies. However, the advantages mentioned above may outweigh a less attractive price. Yes, residential proxies use quite a bundle of advanced technical solutions, and management of a good one is quite costly.
There are lots of announcements and posts about cheap and even free residential IPs claiming to be able to make wonders. Most such proxies are low quality and not secure at all. Please, be very careful, because you may end up with not quite so good a thing as you have expected or even get scammed. Check user reviews and feedback prior to committing any sum to a service.
Please be sure that your residential proxy operates on a legal basis. Residential IPs are less widely spread, less attractive to scams and therefore are more trusted by websites than datacenter proxies. Whoever uses a residential IP, websites see them as real users, because they do belong to real users. Not infrequently, those so-called cheap residential IPs may actually be scammed datacenter IPs. As a result, you may end up paying more than you should, getting scammed and falling into disrepute with your ISP.
It is imperative that you pay attention to the speed of your connection. Residential proxies tend to be a little slower than datacenter ones. Slowdowns occur because it may take a bit of time for a provider to switch between IPs and finally choose a relevant one. This should not be a big problem. It is highly advisable to read users’ comments and feedback. This should help you understand how to minimize or avoid technical issues.
One of the best ways to ensure a fine result is choosing a network, which has been around for a while and has made a name. Some companies like AstroProxy are relatively young, but they have done a lot to prove that they are trustworthy.
Creating Your Residential IP
One way to do that is to randomly pick an IP provided by a legitimate service (like AstroProxy) and test it with the help of the following tools:
- RIPE – a European network coordination center, which distributes IPs in Europe;
- ARIN – a center that is similar to RIPE, except it distributes IPs in the USA;
- MaxMind, which provides a spectrum of IP intelligence services and tools, including geo-location and fraud detection.
Once you have checked your IP and find it in these registers, you can go further. Just like other reputable residential proxy providers, AstroProxy does not actually own residential IPs or inventories of these; therefore, it cannot sell them to anyone. What we do is address homeowners and rent their IPs, which are assigned to their devices.
The number of these rented IPs determines the range of a residential proxy network. By now, AstroProxy has received thousands of permissions from home owners in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, France, Germany, to use their devices as residential IP servers.
AstroProxy stimulates homeowners by advertising an app that facilitates connection. It does not take a lot of effort for a developer to come up with an app: all they need to do is add the company’s code. Developers get a sum every time a home owner downloads and installs the app. Traffic can be routed via these devices when home owners are not using them. Since there are crowds of such residents, there is always one not using his or her device, so the system will switch to a free device almost instantly.
Some may think that switching between IPs like this can make target websites feel suspicious. That is not the case with AstroProxy, because all residential IP owners within the network are real users. Therefore, changing IPs looks to these like more users are visiting them from around the globe, not like bot activity. They just see no reason to red-flag them.
AstroProxy is a residential proxy network, which meets all basic criteria of the choice of a reliable provider:
- It is a legitimate network, which handles legitimate residential IPs only and therefore does not put a user at risk of scam and/or block.
- It embraces enough IPs to ensure quick switching between those and hence quick connection.
- It is a rapidly growing network that operates in several countries and is going to expand further.
- It offers a spectrum of services and an attractive price/quality ratio.
Residential and Datacenter Proxies: Which One is Better?
AstroProxy is a legal P2P residential proxy network, which is there to help users achieve a higher level of anonymity while looking for important information. Its main goal is to ensure that users obtain information without violating laws or someone else’s interests.
Why Use a Proxy
Every time you go online, browse, download/upload files, you leave fingerprints, which your ISP and visited websites see and by which they can identify and trace you. There are lots of things you may need to do, which they do not appreciate like, for example, visiting a site many times from different accounts. In this case you should not be surprised to find your account suspended or blocked one day.
Once you set up an IT connection, an IP address is assigned to your device (a PC, laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc.) Your ISP and websites that you visit see it every time you browse or do something online. If you spend a little while visiting a website from different accounts with the same IP address, the site will regard this as suspicious activity and block you.
To overcome these barriers, users have to look for ways to mask their IPs, for example, with the help of a proxy server. It is a kind of intermediary server. Located between you and the target server, it lets data, which you exchange with the target server, pass through itself. Proxy servers (both datacenter and residential) are increasingly popular among users, who seek anonymity. These types of proxies have something in common, yet they are quite so different.
Residential IP Proxies
Residential IPs are ones that ISPs assign to home owners once they connect to the Internet. The trick is that you can connect to such an IP and use it as a proxy server to conceal your real IP behind it. One you have done so, the target website will see this residential IP, not your real one. If you have signed up with a service like AstroProxy, they can arrange for you to connect to a different IP at a time. Now you can harvest information from websites via different IPs without looking suspicious to website owners.
Datacenter IP Proxies
Basically, datacenter proxies serve the same purpose as residential proxies, which is hiding a real IP behind one provided by a datacenter. But unlike residential proxies, datacenter proxies are not owned by ISPs. When you go online vial a datacenter proxy, your target site will see the datacenter’s IP, not your real one. Also, they will see some data about the datacenter’s owner (usually a company). Astroproxy can help you safely connect via a datacenter proxy as well.
Who Uses What?
As follows from the above, both datacenter and residential proxies are used to improve anonymity, yet in different ways and for different purposes. Particularly, they help to actually trick websites into thinking that you are a different person.
For those who would like to just know more about certain things and not intent on any malicious acts, residential proxies appear to be a better option. Their striving for anonymity usually lies within a scope of non-threat activities, such as digging adequate prices for goods and services and thus avoiding discrimination. It is hardly a secret that many companies (hotels, booking offices, online stores, etc.) track potential buyers’ IPs, figure out their location and set discriminative prices for residents of some regions.
Also, residential proxies are favored by those who just need to dig information for business purposes. If the target website spots multiple visits from different accounts with the same IP or browser parameters, they may deliberately direct the user to a page with misleading information or block access completely. They do so for fear of competition. From a legal standpoint, browsing like this does not constitute an offence. Masking a real IP behind one or several residential IPs tends to be effective. Finally, residential IPs look to websites as regular users and therefore do not raise flags. However, residential IPs are more expensive and less widely spread than datacenter IPs.
It is a well-known fact that not all users are trustworthy, and quite so many of them want to secretly access websites for malicious purposes like spamming, data stealth, etc. Most of these bad boys and girls rely on datacenter IPs. This has earned datacenter proxies a bit of notoriety, which makes the majority of websites want to scrutinize anyone trying to access them and showing signs that they are using a datacenter IP.
It turns out that there are just two big differences between residential and datacenter proxies:
- Who owns it (an ISP and a business respectively)
- Who uses it and why
The second one raises a bit of ambiguity, because datacenter IPs have become notoriously attractive for hackers, and many websites double-check on users, who they have identified as datacenter IP users. They are more popular because there are more such proxies available and they are cheaper. Ironically, this reputation-based legitimacy seems to be a good reason to believe that a residential proxy is a more promising option.
Why Use Residential Proxies with AstroProxy?
As mentioned above, residential proxies have a better reputation, because hackers find them expensive and not easy to handle. This alone is quite a reason to get a residential IP, because you will not get flagged.
This does not mean that your using of a datacenter IP will automatically send your name to a ban list. It all depends on the quality and reputation of your proxy. If it has a clean record, your target website will not take any action against you. Not all datacenter IP users are hackers! However, nowadays it is quite advisable to use high quality fingerprint masking.
AstroProxy is a rapidly growing provider of residential IP connections. Our proxies have all the advantages mentioned above, and we offer the following opportunities:
- Running several accounts, not just one, at the same time. AstroProxy provides real residential IP addresses, which are set up to handle a variety of operations. This allows for cross-platform account management without any possibility of geographic discrimination. The function enables easy targeting of audience in a specific country, region, city, etc. All IP addresses will work independently, so websites won’t see any reasons to suspect you of ill intentions.
- Market research. Residential IPs help users view adequate prices for goods and services. Not uncommonly, businesses track potential clients’ IPs and run discriminative pricing policies against some categories of buyers. AstroProxy will help you evade this kind of discrimination and adequately evaluate current market conjuncture, outline an appropriate pricing strategy and compete successfully (if you are running a business online).
- Copyright protection. An ability to properly mask an IP allows you to monitor websites, which you suspect of using your copyrighted content without your permission. Once you get the needed information, you can use protection tools to block or redirect intruders without their knowledge.
- Ad verification. With the help of an anonymous residential IP you can check ad links for consistency, ensure their proper placement and block those that have been placed for nefarious purposes.
- SEO optimization. AstroProxy will help you connect via individual IPs and collect reliable SEO data in any location.
Summing it up
Here is a brief sum-up on what datacenter and residential IP proxies are and why a residential IP is a better option in many ways:
- A datacenter proxy is run by data center, which is owned by a business, not an ISP provider. A user who connects to this kind of proxy gets a new IP-address, which appears on a target website. The website’s security system will see this IP, not the user’s real one. By this IP-address, the website can tell some data on the datacenter and its owner, identify the type of proxy (datacenter proxies are popular among hackers) and take steps to protect themselves. The reputational risk is the biggest weak spot of all datacenter IPs.
- A residential proxy is provided to a home owner by an ISP. It masks a user’s real IP-address in the same way as a datacenter proxy. A website visited via a residential proxy will see the home owner’s IP-address, nut the user’s real one. Because home owners are actually ordinary users (hackers do not use residential IPs), website owners are less suspicious about them.
Our proxy network operates on a legal basis and guarantees stable access to whatever information you need. We provide quick access to residential proxies located in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Germany and France.
Residential Proxies: General Information
What is a proxy?
To understand what a residential proxy is, it is necessary to go back to the definition of the term “proxy.” It is a kind of intermediary component (server) that provides for connection between a PC or mobile device and the global network. It mediates traffic between end users and Internet resources, which they browse for. When users request access to a website, they send data through the proxy to the website. Once they have gotten access, the target website returns data via the proxy to users, so they finally see what they want to see.
Proxies are increasingly sophisticated and functional: they can be set up to permit or restrict access to particular resources. They play a crucial role in providing privacy and securing users’ data against hacks.
What is an IP address?
An IP address is a unique combination of digits, numbers and dots, which is assigned to every Internet user, and by which ISPs can identify users and their devices. With their help, ISPs track users’ every step they make online: they see all sites visited, files downloaded/uploaded, their location, etc. In combination, this information allows them to determine your device’s type, OS, browser preferences, and other things, which you may not want to share.
The downside of it is that third parties can access this information. In authoritarian countries governmental authorities can legally collect this data from ISPs. Not infrequently, users face difficulty accessing foreign resources, because they may geo-block users from particular countries.
Also, users, who need to scrape data from other websites and/or deal in SEO optimization, may get flagged by these websites. This happens when users try to access sites from different accounts while using the same IP address, run social media bots, etc. There are, however, ways around these barriers.
Difference between Residential and Datacenter Proxies
Datacenter proxies are provided by data centers, and they do not refer to particular ISPs. Therefore, websites and resources cannot tell an ISP by a user’s IP address. Datacenter IPs are more available and popular, because many users find it easier to hide their IP addresses with the help of datacenter proxies.
A residential proxy provides a residential IP address, which, in turn, is assigned by an Internet Service Provider to a homeowner. More specifically, it is an IP assigned to a device (a smartphone, laptop, PC, tablet, etc.), which serves like a proxy server and is connected through a commercial ISP. The residential IP-address will be attached to this device and it will reflect its physical location. Every time a user changes residence, he or she gets a new residential IP address.
Your real IP will be hidden behind this residential IP; it is the latter that will be visible to the target website. Residential IPs look quite so real to websites, so they see no reason to block them. Besides, providers of residential IPs do not have inventories of private IPs and therefore cannot sell them to third parties.
There is hardly telling which one is better. Each of the options is good for a particular set of purposes. The choice depends on individual goals and preferences. Residential proxies are not directly intended for hiding users’ identities and therefore have a better reputation than datacenter proxies, which are popular among hackers.
Who Wants to Use a Residential Proxy?
Many users choose residential proxy networks when they need to make their IP addresses invisible for websites, which they visit. This really works for those who wish to parse and scrape data from websites with the help of bots. Particularly, residential proxies are great for ad verification, collecting pricing data and social media management.
Because residential IP addresses are assigned to devices, they look like ordinary users to websites and are less likely to be blocked. However, search engines allow only a limited number or requests from a particular IP, which you should not exceed. If you do, you still may get blocked.
Also, providers offer residential rotating (backconnect) proxies, which will help you hide your IP behind several proxies, not just behind one. Every time you go online, you will be connected to a different proxy. They switch between themselves at brief intervals (5 to 10 minutes), so your IP-address will change before a target website identifies and bans you for too many requests.
Finding a Decent Provider
There are lots of residential proxy networks, and choosing a trustworthy one can be a challenge. Many of these companies offer free connection. However, it is not advisable to use free services, because many of them sell users’ personal data left and right, and users’ accounts get hacked shortly after that.
Astroproxy is a rapidly growing residential proxy network with a reputation of a conscientious and reliable provider. We offer a number of plans that suit users with different needs, goals and financial capabilities. Users can make your choice based on expected traffic usage and find a residential proxy in any of the countries within our scope: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Germany and France.