How to disguise yourself on the Internet: comparing server and resident proxies

Proxies are usually used to hide the IP address or bypass content blocking. They come in different types. Here we will compare the two most popular types of proxies – server-side and resident, and talk about their pros, cons, and cases of usage.

How server proxies work

Server (Datacenter) proxies are the most common type. IP addresses are issued by cloud service providers. These addresses are not associated with any home Internet ISP.

Server-side proxies are used to hide the real IP address or bypass geodata-based content blocks and to encrypt traffic. Often, certain web services restrict access to users from certain countries – such as Netflix. Any user from for example Germany can use this type of DE proxy to obtain an IP address in Germany and bypass the blocking.

How residential proxies work

In turn, a resident proxy is an IP address, issued by a real Internet provider from a specific city, region, or state. Typically, these addresses are issued to homeowners, they are noted in the databases of the regional Internet registries (RIR). If they are used correctly, requests from such addresses cannot be distinguished from requests from a real user.

Choosing a proxy on, you should start with your requirements. If you need to mask the IP address and at the same time carry out operations quickly and with minimal costs, and blocking is not particularly scary, a server proxy would be the best option.

If you need a reliable data collection tool with a wide choice of locations and minimal chances of being blacklisted or blocked, resident proxies are more convenient.

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