If you’re tired of slow or abused IPs, you might need dedicated proxies. These addresses have only one owner (you!), with all the pros and cons. By the end of this article, you’ll know everything important about dedicated proxy servers, and whether getting one makes sense for your use case.
What are Dedicated Proxies?
When we look at ‘dedicated proxies’ we are essentially addressing an issue of exclusivity, as well as the mission at hand. When you are trying to accomplish a ‘simple’ data collection task, such as collecting:
- competitive and marketing intelligence data
- brand/digital asset protection datasets
- information from public databases for records or filings
Your business may choose to opt for a shared subnet of Datacenter proxies. The ‘shared’ nature of these IPs means that today you may use a certain proxy to search for dynamic pricing data and tomorrow another company may use it to scan for brand infringements.
A dedicated proxy is the opposite, it is a proxy that you buy or lease for a predefined period that only you have access to. This may be available to your company as an Internet Service Provider (ISP) proxy. This means that the IP you’re using is assigned to a real place of residence so that when data requests are sent out, they appear to be coming from a real individual web user.
How do Dedicated Proxies work?
Dedicated proxies work by becoming a gateway between your device and the rest of the internet. When you turn on your IPBurger proxy, our servers act as a protective barrier between your device and the internet. Accepting and forwarding connection requests, changing your geo-location to a global position of your choosing, and assigning you a new IP address that’s only accessible by you.
The major advantages of a Dedicated proxy include:
- Enjoy a higher data collection success rate as the IPs will have a ‘clean’ history.
- Having quicker data collection speed as you will not be ‘competing’ with other users on a shared network.
- Any dedicated proxy might be abused before you purchase it.
- A lot more expensive than shared proxies.
- Less flexible if a site blocks you.
- Does not scale easily. You will need many dedicated proxies to expand any activity.
Why do some businesses prefer using Dedicated Proxies?
As I mentioned, the main advantage of using a Dedicated Proxy is how data requests are treated by target sites. This is especially true when you are trying to access information from a difficult target site. When using a Shared Proxy, you are not always certain of said IP’s pedigree. This means that any shared IP may have been used in the past by someone who sent many requests to your current target site which may reduce your success rate. This is just one example of the many prior activities which can impact your levels of success and retrieval of information.
A good comparison would be a used car, when you buy one you are never really sure if there were prior accidents or if the seller tinkered with the odometer gauge. But if you do not drive very often and just need the car for grocery shopping and dropping off the kids, you might opt for this option to save a few bucks. On the other hand, if you had a two-hour commute each day, you might invest in a brand new vehicle. The used car in this analogy represents the ‘baggage’ that a Shared Proxy may come with (you just don’t know), while a brand new car represents all the advantages of being the first and exclusive owner of a Dedicated Proxy.
Can Dedicated Proxies keep your information safe?
You don’t just want to be anonymous when you go online with a proxy. You want your connection to be safe, as well. No one wants to come into contact with hackers or scammers, so it’s important to choose the right proxy.
Public proxies are known for being run by shady characters. They’re often just a front for hackers to find victims. As soon as you enable the public proxy, you make yourself vulnerable to hackers who can easily connect to your system. Before you know it, the hacker has ordered plane tickets to Europe using your bank account information, and you’re left holding the bill. That’s a high price to pay for a “free” proxy.
Legitimate companies manage dedicated and shared proxies. These companies aren’t run by hackers, and they don’t need to steal your money or identity. Instead, they make their money by charging reasonable prices for the proxies. If you want to keep your identity safe and secure, you need to go with a dedicated proxy. Otherwise, you could end up with a stolen identity and an empty bank account.
When should you use Dedicated Proxies?
The first obvious use for dedicated proxies relies on their stability and predictability: the IPs don’t change, and no one can block them but you. This works very well when you want to tie an IP address with a stable identity: manage multiple social media or e-commerce accounts, buy limited edition shoes, or simply browse the web from a different location.
Another use case is web scraping websites that shared proxies can’t reliably handle. This includes the majority of e-commerce stores, non-Google search engines, and many other domains. IP-based pricing allows collecting large volumes of data much cheaper compared to residential addresses.
Without a doubt, private or dedicated proxies have qualities that make their price worth it. They are the best option if you need to perform tasks that require optimal online security, speed, and anonymity such as streaming videos, web scraping, and copping sneakers.
But, if you just want to surf the net more anonymously, shared or public proxies could be a good option.