Proxies or VPN?
Proxies and VPN’s are the most common ways of hiding your IP address online. An IP address can identify you and using this websites can block you from using their services. For regular browsing anonymity a VPN is usually the best choice. You can find free VPN’s however if you have the budget you will want to invest into a paid VPN plan. After all the website you’re trying to access will likely be aware of public VPN IP’s. If you need many IP’s or want to automate certain website actions through software proxies will usually be the best choice as they are usually integrated by default into many software solutions.
If you believe a VPN is what you need make sure the VPN has a location near you. The further away the VPN locations the slower your connection will be. Bigger VPN’s offer many locations and sometimes even multiple IP’s per location to assure you can have the best speeds or can switch IP’s in case somebody abused an IP and it got banned by the service you’re trying to access. You’re free to read some reviews online but we can highly recommend PureVPN. PureVPN is affordable and stable and offers many locations and IP’s to choose from. You can take a look at PureVPN here.
Proxies are a bit more complicated as there’s many types of proxies offered. There are as example residential proxies which are IP’s that are not publicly known to be data center IP’s. Some services actively block data center IP’s. Data center IP’s are cheaper than residential ones so you should first test those before spending more on residential ones.
Proxy Offer Differences
Apart from the difference between data center and residential proxies there’s also a multiple types of packages to choose from. Most services offer shared proxies and dedicated (private) proxies. The difference between them is that a shared proxy is also used by other people while a dedicated or private proxy is only used by you.
You should also keep an eye out for rotating or back connect proxies. These kind of packages offer you 1 or more gateway IP’s which continuously serves different IP’s. For small tasks where you need a lot of IP’s for such as scraping those are a great choice to go with. If you’re managing accounts on websites or other services static proxies are usually the way to go as you don’t want the IP to change all the time.
The quality between providers of proxies can differ a lot. This does not specifically mean that they provide bad proxies but that the website you’re trying to use them for is actively blocking them. If a website has been spammed by someone using proxies from company X it’s likely that they’re actively blocking those proxies and you might find yourself looking for another provider. Sadly the only way to know is by testing so it’s advised to buy small quantities of proxies first until you’re sure they are working well for the service you want to use them for.