What is an anonymous proxy?
What is an Anonymous Proxy?
Anonymous Proxies are the most popular type of proxies among Internet users. They are non-transparent and modify request data by changing your IP address with another one. This makes it difficult for the website you visit to know that you’re the one that initiated the request.
Uses of Anonymous Proxies
Anonymous Proxies have a wide range of applications. If you are a regular Internet user, you might not really need them, but if you want to remain anonymous or you are into web automation, without proxies, there’s little you can do. Below are the major uses of Anonymous Proxies.
Evading Censorship and Accessing Local and Restricted Web Resources
Forget the Incognito mode on your browser; you are never anonymous to the websites you visit if they can access your IP Address. With your IP Address, they can detect your location (not absolute though). Security agencies can use your IP Address together with other information to track you down.
Web Scraping and Crawling
Most websites have action limits. Take, for instance, if you keep sending many requests to Google Search in a minute, you’ll be required to solve captchas – a sign you have exceeded the human limit and they are suspecting you’re using a bot.
What an unknown person or company will do online without drawing attention; if you try it as a known company, it might generate a lot of interest that might damage the image of your brand. Needless, there are some activities that are just not ethical but your brand needs them to stay afloat.
What would you do in such a case? Watch your brand go down because you don’t want to dent its image? No, what others do is that they make use of proxies and other techniques to make sure some of their activities online cannot be linked to them.
The advertisement industry online is one that unless you know what you are doing, you cannot escape being scammed. This is regardless of if you are an Ad publisher or partner. Some marketers can claim revenue for ads they do not display.
They make use of some techniques that will show you your ads when you visit but show needs to their customers – you can use proxies to disguise as a regular user. On the flip side, you can use proxies to verify ads in locations you are not present.
Take, for instance; Google AdSense shows different ads based on location, browsing history, and other data. With proxies, you can change location and access data in other locations.
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