How to Choose the Best Private Proxy Provider
Research all of them. Analyze their websites, see how they position themselves. Usually, there are two ways of presentation:
- Proxies for business. Proxy providers for business will usually state their use cases as market research, SEO, brand protection, travel fare aggregation, price monitoring, e-commerce, and so on.
- Proxies for personal use. Proxy providers for personal use will usually talk about geo-blocks, website unblocking, multiple social media account management, sneaker copping (which is a business, but somehow it usually goes along with personal use), Pokemon Go, Netflix, Craiglist proxies, and so on.
I recommend contacting the provider before purchasing their product, to ensure that there are no hidden fees. They will also usually ask you about your target websites and the goals you would like your proxies to achieve. Tell them as much as you can – they can help you by optimizing the proxies specifically for your needs.
Also, don’t forget to read reviews. While it goes hand in hand with research, it’s worth mentioning separately. Proxyway is a review site, so if you’re here – you are already on the right path to choosing the best provider!
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Private Proxies
- Security. You don’t have to share private proxies, meaning there is less chance your personal data will be compromised. You also won’t have to worry about others doing something illegal with the proxies that could get you into trouble.
- Speed. Private proxies are much faster than semi-dedicated or shared proxies because you don’t have to share bandwidth with anyone else. They hardly slow down your browsing speed at all.
- Smallest number of blocks. Once again: if no one else is using your proxies, you can be sure they won’t be blocked by websites like Google or Amazon. It’s also harder to get blocked when you start working with these IPs because you have full control over them.
- Price. Because you’ll be using the IPs alone, there won’t be anyone else to shoulder the cost. As such, you can expect to always pay more for the privilege of having your proxies for yourself. You can find cheap private proxies, but they’ll still be more expensive than shared proxies or semi-shared IPs.
Why You Should Never Use a Free Private Proxy
A free dedicated proxy is, first of all, a scam. Not many things in life are actually free and when it comes to free online services, somebody somewhere is most likely making money from your data. Anyone who falls for a free dedicated proxy risks:
- Their private information getting leaked (think credit card info, passwords and other crucial data).
- Target websites getting injected with malicious ads (read more about it in our “free proxies are bad” blog post).
- Being redirected to a website full of ads, so someone could make some money from you. Not the most dangerous scenario, but it can get super annoying (just imagine copping sneakers with such proxies).
There’s another important point to make. If your dedicated proxy is supposedly free – you probably got it from one of the free proxy lists. And, well, that makes it a shared proxy because it’s nearly impossible that you will be the only one using it.
Frequently Asked Questions About Private Proxies
What Is A Private Proxy?
A private proxy, also called a dedicated proxy, is an IP address assigned to one user only – after purchase, you won’t have to share it with anyone else.
When you use private proxies, you have full control over which websites are being accessed and what kind of data is received. As a result, you can avoid the “bad neighbor” effect: your proxies won’t suddenly get banned because someone else has abused them. Private proxies are the most trustworthy choice for businesses and those with a specific goal – to have the least amount of blocks possible.
Private proxies are almost always datacenter IPs. That’s because residential proxies belong to real devices so can’t be dedicated to one user. At best, you can have static residential proxies which last for 10-30 minutes before changing. Some proxy providers get their residential IPs directly from internet service providers, but there’s a question whether those can really be called ‘residential’.
What's The Difference Between Private Proxies And Dedicated Proxies?
There is no difference, actually! Both terms mean the same thing and are often used interchangeably.
Where Can I Buy Private Proxies?
You can buy private proxies from any of the providers on our list. Many of them offer free trials and money-back guarantees, so you’ll be able to safely try them out before fully committing.
Can I Buy a Private SOCKS5 Proxy?
Yes. Nowadays, many providers offer private SOCKS5 proxies, so you’ll have no trouble finding where to buy them.