Online privacy is a rare find in the wilderness of the world wide web, and sadly, currently hanging on the brink of extinction. As people tend to leave a footprint wherever they go, whether in nature, or the internet. Just, in this case, it’s more of a fingerprint. Browser fingerprint, to be more precise.
How does this happen? As an example, it can be as little as having your location enabled on our devices. Or by giving permissions to our installed apps to track us. This is no secret to most of us, of course. However, not all tend to read ToS thoroughly, and your data can be sold to third- party sources where they’ll analyze it and, consequently, target consumers more effectively.
On a less personal and more business-related note, browser fingerprinting is affecting the web scraping industry as well. It is currently the primary weapon against web scraping bots as it helps to identify them a lot faster. This indeed is a challenge to many data-driven companies and a significant change to the future of web scraping.
If you want to learn more about what web fingerprinting is, check out our blog post where we summarized one of our OxyCon speakers, Allen O’Neill’s, speech where he goes in-depth about it and how it affects web scraping.
Fortunately, there is a way to protect yourself from web fingerprinting. In this article, we’ll cover one way, and that’s by using Multilogin.
It is an app that creates a new user profile, which mimics a real physical device. This new profile is shown to the websites to be read.
Primarily, with the Multilogin app, you can create multiple accounts to hide your real browser fingerprint. But this app also helps you with other tasks such as multiple social media account management, scraping, ad verification, and more.
Having learned what Multilogin is, here’s a step by step tutorial on how to correctly set up your proxies with Multilogin:
Open Multilogin app.
To add proxies, click on Create new under Browser profile.
In the following window enter Browser profile name (for example Oxylabs). Next, click Edit proxy settings.
Choose HTTP proxy as Connection type. Now fill in the required details: under New address and Port insert pr.oxylabs.io and 7777. Under Login enter yourUsername, and Password. Do not forget to add customer- at the beginning of username. If you have whitelisted your devices, you don’t need to provide login credentials.
You can also use country specific entries. For example, if you put us- pr.oxylabs.io under New address and 10001 under Port, you will receive US exit node with a sticky session. (For a complete list of country-specific entry notes, please refer to our documentation.)
Click Check proxy. If everything is fine, you should get a response indicating External IP.
Confirm changes by clicking Create profile.
And that’s it! You’ve successfully set up your proxies with the Multilogin app.
If you need to hide your browser fingerprint, whether it is a case of web scraping in Python or personal use, Multilogin is a great app to do it with. Just make sure you choose good quality proxies to make your browsing fingerprint free.
If you have any questions regarding how to set up your proxies with Multilogin, or any other proxy management tool, be sure to contact our by clicking here, and we’ll answer your questions right away.
About the author
Lead Product Marketing Manager
Gabija Fatenaite is a Lead Product Marketing Manager at Oxylabs. Having grown up on video games and the internet, she grew to find the tech side of things more and more interesting over the years. So if you ever find yourself wanting to learn more about proxies (or video games), feel free to contact her - she’ll be more than happy to answer you.
All information on Oxylabs Blog is provided on an "as is" basis and for informational purposes only. We make no representation and disclaim all liability with respect to your use of any information contained on Oxylabs Blog or any third-party websites that may be linked therein. Before engaging in scraping activities of any kind you should consult your legal advisors and carefully read the particular website's terms of service or receive a scraping license.
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