Rotating and Residential Proxies
Proxies used to be primarily used in business and education networks as gateways to applications and internet access. A normal configuration would have a proxy server hard coded as a gateway for any internet traffic from a client PC. Backed up by your browser configuration, this meant that all internet access could be monitored and controlled by the company's network administrators by routing it through the proxy. Although this function still exists, proxies also now have a myriad of uses in other sectors too. Many people use them to provide a level of anonymity and privacy, others use them to enable money making tools which require multiple connections. Ever heard of Sneaker Bots or Ticket Bots? These are examples of software which simply won't run without a selection of proxies to route them through. A sneaker bot for example is a piece of software which allows you to make multiple applications for the latest sneakers online -
Here's an example of one of them called Soleslayer, but there are many more. The idea is that it's very difficult to obtain the latest sneakers online you have to be very lucky and persistent. Soleslayer and their ilk will allow you to automate the process of applying for them and making multiple applications with multiple identities. Some people use them because they're desperate to make sure they get the latest pair, others try and buy as many as possible and sell off at a huge profit. Ticket bots are similar but directed at buying tickets for things like concerts and sporting events. It can be a frustrating experience doing it manually as anyone who's spent many hours trying to get tickets for some mega popular event will know all too well. The problem is to make these 'bots' work properly they need to make multiple connections and if they all come from the same IP address those addresses get blocked or banned very quickly. So you need a way to spread the connections from different addresses - which is where the residential proxies come in.
The Role of Rotating and Residential ProxiesSo a proxy server can hide your location by forwarding and receiving your request. However a standard proxy server will only have one or two IP addresses too so they will get blocked too. The other issue is that most commercial proxy servers have 'commercially' classified IP address ranges which is another way that websites block suspicious transactions. So to make these bot's work you need two things:
- To make a large number of connections from different IP addresses.
- These IP addresses must be classified as 'residential'
The bots must be either configured with a large number of proxy servers with residential IP addresses which can be changed with each new connection or the proxy must be capable of rotating it's own configuration and IP addresses. There are solutions from a few providers where you can find rotating proxies and even buy rotating residential proxies.
Both these scenarios are actually available, and many people use them to enable these bots and various other money making tools. The difficult bit is definitely obtaining the residential IP addresses, commercial ones are simple as these are allocated freely to datacentres and websites. Residential proxies are much harder to obtain as these IP addresses are normally only assigned from ISPs to home customers.
A few companies have set up networks of these addresses and you have some options to buy residential proxies. Although some by fairly dubious means like the Illuminati network which is actually piggybacking off home users connections who are using the free version of a VPN service called Hola without reading the small print! There are huge security risks to using these, especially if you have to put in any financial information or usernames whilst using the, You're much safer finding a company who have dedicated proxies which they actually own.
Personally I wouldn't want to route any sort of details through unsuspecting PC users so I'd never use that network. If you do have the need for some seriously fast residential proxies then may I suggest the following company - check them out they have a serious network set up with thousands of residential IP addresses and even some sophisticated residential backconnect proxies.