Common Proxy Questions Answered

Your common proxy questions answered in this blog post
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Proxy questions and their answers too

What is a proxy?

The term proxy refers to an IP address which is the personal addresses of every device connected to the internet. These addresses include information about the type of device being used, location of the device and carrier of the user.

How do proxies work?

Proxies are a connection to a server that sends your requests through alternate IP addresses and then to the target site.

Why do I need a proxy?

A proxy is used when a person or company requires a different IP type such as residential, mobile or datacenter IPs, an IP with a different device location, or both. This is needed when a website blocks you or prompts you to input a captcha.

What is a proxy used for?

A proxy is used to collect data from the web, manage accounts online, make purchases from other countries, collect pricing data and much more.

What is proxy service?

A proxy service is a software, server or group of servers that acts as a gateway to a network of Data center, Residential and/or Mobile proxies.

What are data center proxies?

A datacenter proxy is a machine-generated IP address that is served by a data center server.

What is a residential proxy?

A residential proxy is assigned from an Internet Service Provider to a user.

What is a mobile proxy?

A mobile proxy is a 3G/4G connection assigned from a mobile carrier to a user.

How do residential proxies work?

Residential proxies are a connection to a real-user IP that has all the characteristics of a real device.

What is a proxy server used for?

Proxy servers provide the ability to connect to a network of alternative IP addresses.

Is a proxy server necessary?

Yes, proxy servers are necessary when you require an IP address from a different geolocation.

What is a proxy server?

A proxy server is a middle-man linking your device to a server where all requests sent are routed through the server before reaching the target site.

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