Heard about some software and apps that have recently arrived in the market? They have the capability to wipe out every single trace of your activity from the browsers. Well, they might do, but what about your IPs, folks? The ultimate source of identity for every internet user is the IP and no software can remove the IP address. That is the sole reason we all use proxy networks. The residential proxy networks or the datacenter proxy networks, conceal our real IP addresses and assign ourselves with different ones. But all the IPs that form proxy networks are not the same.
There are two main types of proxy networks depending upon the type of IPs they use. If a network uses residential IPs, it’s called a residential proxy network. And if a network uses datacenter IPs, it called datacenter proxy network. Both types of proxy networks have reined the market for quite some time. Until recently, the demand for residential IPs has surged exponentially.
In this blog, we will look at the reasons why residential proxy networks are in high demand everywhere. The blog will explain the features of each proxy type in brief. Along with that, the blog will also give information on some risks associated with the datacenter IPs that led to this paradigm shift in the market. If you are a frequent user of proxy networks, you should read this blog to clear the air.
But before we start the blog, we should clear one important thing. The intent of the blog is not to advocate a certain type of proxy network as a better one. The blog will only focus on the recent trend in the proxy world that is high demand of residential IP networks. So, let’s get to work.
What Makes Proxy Networks Cool?
The primary reason to use any proxy network is to keep ourselves anonymous. And to be honest, datacenter proxies outplay residential proxy networks by a long way when it comes to keeping your anonymity. This statement will seem rather bold for some readers and it sure needs some elaboration. So, let’s start with the basic working procedure of each network type.
The residential IPs come from a bona fide Internet Service Provider and they are assigned to a normal internet subscriber. This means that your ISP will know information about your online activities. Such the sites you work with, the transactions, multiple accounts, and so on. Anyone, who wants to scrap your data to extract the information on your activities, can do it easily. Especially, it’s a walk in the park for a security organization or a large corporation with powerful tools and brains.
On the other hand, the datacenter IPs come from a remote data center and whatever you do from the datacenter IPs remains anonymous. This means that datacenter proxies are far better in their work as compared to the residential proxy networks. But why on earth is everybody after residential IPs?
Why Are Residential Proxy Networks Selling Like Hot Cakes?
The answer lies in the fact that due to their highly anonymous nature, datacenter proxies have been abused throughout the history. All the illegal activities including scams, spams, and data theft efforts have been operating through the datacenter IPs. For this reason, the big online corporations have developed algorithms and protocols to block the IPs coming from data centers. This, in turn, has created a vacuum for the residential IPs and the dealers seem to cash in on this opportunity just right.
What a user should keep in mind that be it a datacenter proxy or a residential proxy network, the nature of the proxy IP cannot be hidden from the world. Moreover, the residential IPs are considered as normal IPs. So, if you operate through a residential IP, you have more chances to escape the strict security measures on the internet. This is the sole reason why residential proxy networks are in high demand today.
The problem with datacenter proxies
Datacenter proxy networks contain IPs whose only function is to cover up your real IP. They are not the IPs that provide you with the internet. The reason is that they don’t belong to an Internet Service Provider at all. Guys who have had experience with the proxy network know that every datacenter IP is a proxy in itself because that’s how the proxies work in the first place. An IP located in a remote IP center connects with your system and pretends to be your IP. Proxy networks do the same thing.
As we told you in the previous section that the residential IPs are in no way a near match in case of protecting your anonymity. If this is the case, what is the problem with the datacenter proxies then? Why do people prefer the residential proxy networks over them?
The answer lies in the recent technological and technical advancements in the area of online security. Datacenter proxies, being highly anonymous, are in use for many kinds of illegal activities. Big corporations such as Google, Facebook, and other big social media networks and platforms have incorporated certain security checks that can detect the nature of the IPs and instantly block the accounts operating from datacenter IPs.
On the other hand, residential IPs, being ‘ normal’ IPs that come from a valid ISP, are a no threat in the eyes of internet corporations so they don’t block them instantly.
Which Proxy Network is the Best for You?
There is a very important thing to keep in mind here. It is that we are not advising anyone to use a specific type of proxy network. Also, we are not ranking residential proxy network and datacenter proxy network on any basis.
The use and the effectiveness of each type depend on the nature of your business and how you operate through either of these IPs. So the best network for you is the one that fulfills your business needs.
As mentioned in the start, the aim of blog this blog is to discuss the factors behind the recent trend in the proxy world where the residential IPs are in high demand. And we hope we have covered the topic and encompassed all the areas that have a share in this phenomenon.
The datacenter proxies and the residential proxy networks; both are not a new thing in the market. Just that the recent surge in the demand of residential proxies is due to the enhanced security measures taken by large internet corporations.
If you want to get more information about the proxy networks, continue reading the other posts in this blog. You will certainly find highly relevant and updated information on the recent trends in the world of proxy networks.