Understanding Proxies: Private, Mobile and Residential Proxies

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Internet privacy has always been an issue for most people. This is why the words mobile and residential proxies have stormed the news feeds of most individuals. Despite being familiar with these terms, not all truly understand what residential and mobile proxies are and how they truly work.

This article aims to give you information about residential and mobile proxies, especially about their differences, their advantages and disadvantages, and if they will work for you. 


Understanding Proxies: Definition and Facts

Have you ever tried accessing some sites, and you were prohibited from entering them?

This means your IP address was detected to be in another place. Your IP address will be masked by using a proxy server, and your location will not be known. A proxy server serves as an intermediary between the internet and its user. 

As a digital middle-person, it gives its user the confidence that his privacy is secured and that he remains anonymous on the web.

A proxy server works by hiding your actual IP address as it makes web requests. With this, you can access the sites that you can’t.


What are private proxies?

A private proxy is a proxy server that limits its usage to a sole user. This user can exclusively use the IP address for a certain period. However, this type of proxy is determined according to the subscription of the data center proxy.


Mobile Proxies: What do I need to know?

A mobile proxy is a type of private proxy that masks your web requests from your mobile phone. The mobile internet service provider sets the IP address. It is exclusive because the IP address is solely given. 


What is a residential proxy?

A residential proxy uses the devices that are connected through your broadband connection. Residential proxies use laptops or personal computers through a residential ISP. So, websites will see requests coming from your home depending on the location of the ISP.


Understanding Proxies: How different are the private, mobile, and residential proxies from each other?

Overall, there is no significant difference between the three because their primary purpose is to show anonymity and hide the actual IP address and the user’s location. 

The main difference between them is the display that each proxy will have as they forward your requests to the website. 

A mobile proxy displaces a 4G or 5G ISP while a residential proxy displays the usual. A private IP address shows the ISP of the data center.


Advantages and Disadvantages of mobile and residential IP Addresses

Using mobile or residential IP addresses gives you the slightest possibility of getting blocked. Your account looks more natural as you login into your accounts and the display of your connection is not suspicious at all. 

However, the prices of mobile and residential proxies can be an issue. Also, the rotating setup may be a concern as well. For mobile users, they rent bandwidth from the ISP. Once the leased bandwidth is consumed, you need to avail yourself once more. Moreover, residential proxies are expensive.

In addition to this, the second disadvantage of mobile and residential proxies is their rotation process. Once you have consumed your allocated rented data and rent a new one, a new IP address will be issued to you. There is a possibility that the following IP address given to you is restricted to some websites; therefore, it might cause you trouble.

You won’t be able to access the sites that you ought to visit. This can be a bigger problem if you use the internet for work-related purposes. 


Which type of proxy should I get?

In choosing the right type of proxy, you have to consider its primary use and your budget. If you have allotted extra funds, you might consider having a residential proxy because the IP addresses may be virgin ones, or these IP addresses have never been used before.



To sum things up, understanding proxies can be advantageous since they help secure internet users’ information. There are different types of proxies to choose from. All you have to do is to select the one that best fits your usage and your budget. 

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