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Lukas Motiejunas

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A private proxy acts as an intermediary between a client and the internet. Applying a private proxy means that one client is exclusively using the dedicated IP address at a given time. When a private proxy is in use, requests run through the proxy server (which masks the client’s original IP address) first, and only then connects to the internet resources to fulfill client’s requests.

Whenever you connect to the internet, your IP address allows other websites to track your browsing activity, regardless of its nature. The only way to stay anonymous is to hide your IP, and this is where private proxies come in handy.

When it comes to proxies, there are a few different types of proxies one can look into:

Also, exclusivity is something that defines their quality and, usually, the price. That’s why most proxy providers offer shared, semi-dedicated and private proxies. Today, we’re taking a closer look at private ones.

What is a private proxy?

A private proxy, also known as dedicated proxy, refers to a proxy type that is used only by one user at a given time. It’s not shared with anyone else, so you have full control over how and when this proxy is used.

Private proxies for personal and business needs

Private proxies provide you with the highest level of anonymity, and that’s why they are used not only for personal but also for business purposes. While personal use cases usually involve anonymity and you can setup your Chrome browser to use a proxy which will route all traffic via a specific endpoint, business uses are more sophisticated.

For example, ad verification companies use private proxies to check advertisers’ landing pages anonymously. Or, let’s take travel fare aggregators whose businesses almost entirely depend on private proxies. For travel fare aggregators proxies enable automated data collection of flight company websites, online travel agencies, and other sources without IP blocks or bans.

Are private proxies safe?

Private proxies are also used to get pricing data, buy limited edition products, create and manage social media accounts, and for many other reasons.

The advantages of using a private proxy

Private & secure

  • The main benefit of private proxies is that, well, they are, in fact, private. If you buy these proxies, no one else will have access to them.
  • By using private proxies you’ll face little to no risk of having your personal information compromised which gives you a higher level of security.

Multiple locations

  • Usually, private proxy providers offer IP addresses from various locations enabling you to browse the web through, let’s say, Germany while sitting in the USA.
  • This can come in handy for multiple occasions. For instance, if your target website uses geo-blocks or if you want to get localized SERP data.

Extremely fast

  • Private proxies won’t negatively affect your browsing speed. They are assigned to one user, so there’s a little chance of the bandwidth overload.
  • Private proxies are also more reliable than shared ones and, in most cases, have unlimited bandwidth.

Wrapping up

The main downside is that private proxies are usually more expensive. However, they come with many benefits, and, if that’s something that you’re interested in, we definitely recommend you choose this type of proxy.

In fact, using private proxies proved to be the most reliable option for many of our clients. If that’s something you’d like for your business, get in touch with us at [email protected].


About Lukas Motiejunas

Lukas Motiejunas is an Account Manager at Oxylabs, and he places a strong personal interest in the market research field. Mainly, in the merge of business sector and digital tools utilization to distinguish the most effective practices to carry out automated market research operations. So if you have any questions relating to market research, he’s your guy to answer them. Lukas believes that he has a hidden talent to be a great chef, although rumor has it, he uses the smoke alarm as a timer.

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