How to Select Proxy for Anti-Detect Browser?

To work on a single website with multiple accounts at a time, you need to obfuscate your connection and device data, i.e. your digital fingerprint.

Commonly, these two tools are used for data obfuscation: anti-detect browser and proxy.

In this article, we will consider the following proxy-related topics:

  1. What are IP and proxy? 
  2. What’re they for? 
  3. What proxies are there?  
  4. How much are they? 
  5. How to choose a proxy?
  6. Which proxies are best with an anti-detect browser?

What are IP and Proxy?

Each device with access to the Internet is assigned its numerical code, i.e. IP address. IP includes encrypted information about the country, region, and Internet service provider (ISP), i.e. it’s your web address. 

IP is required to identify devices within a LAN or WAN and to exchange data between them.

There are two types of IP address: static and dynamic. For example, within a corporate LAN, an IP is usually assigned by the network administrator and does not change, which means it is static. 

But when you enter the WAN, an IP is assigned by the ISP. In this case, an IP might be dynamic and change with each router rebooting. Also, an IP changes if you use the same device to access the web from various locations or via various ISPs: in this case, an IP address will be different each time. 

Mobile IP address changes every time the device is rebooted or even while you use it. This is because cellular carriers have a limited set of IP addresses, so thousands of their customers may use the same IP. 

When you access the web, your ISP assigns you an IP and then transmits it to the Internet resources you visit. 

If a user with a certain IP violates website policies, attempts to disturb other users, or cheat, the website’s firewall remembers his/her IP and may block his/her access to the website or limit the website’s features. 

A proxy server is a proxy between the device you use to access the web and the Internet resources you visit. If you use a proxy to visit some websites, the data will be first transmitted to the proxy server and then it will arrive at the destination source.  

With certain types of proxy servers, you can change your IP to the IP provided by a proxy server, a cellular carrier, or another user. This way, if you are in Italy, for example, and you require an IP in Argentina, all you have to do is purchase Argentine proxies.

What are Proxies for?

Proxies are used to:

Access blocked websites. With a proxy, you can hide your real IP and replace it with the one provided by a proxy server. For example, LinkedIn Network is officially blocked in Russia, but users can visit the website via a proxy.

Protect your data online. With some types of proxy, all websites you visit will receive the IP address of the proxy server instead of your actual IP. This will prevent websites from collecting your information to show you particular ads, for example.

Moreover, some proxies may protect you from hacking via IP, since hackers won’t have an opportunity to discover your actual IP address. At the same time, proxies alone are not enough to fully protect your data. 

Simulate a real user. For example, you’ll need to do so for traffic arbitrage or publishing reviews. It’s important: changing the IP alone is not enough to obfuscate the data. This is because, besides your IP address, websites also collect several other parameters such as data about your device, screen settings, time zone, language, etc.

That is why, to protect your data and online anonymity, or to simulate real users, you’ll require an anti-detect browser. By the way, the Dolphin{anty} Anti-Detect Browser offers an unlimited free tariff which includes ten profiles. 

Limit access. For example, with a proxy, the IT administrator can limit access to specific websites from work computers within the company. 

Speed up website loading. Some proxies add websites to the cache so that they load faster when you reopen them.

What Types of Proxies are There?

There are specific proxies for various anonymity degrees, locations, supported protocols, usage types, IP types, etc.

Below, we will analyze the difference between proxies by their anonymity degrees, data alteration methods, and housing types. As a rule, these criteria are enough to select the best proxies for your tasks.

Anonymity Degree

Anonymous proxies replace your IP address with another, while the proxy server address is displayed in the HTTP box. With such a proxy, the websites you visit won’t discover your real IP, but the information that you are using a proxy will still be available. There is a downside though: you won’t be a trusted user. 

Anonymous proxies are not suitable for parsing and working with Facebook, Google, or other complex websites. But you can use them to visit websites blocked in a particular country.

Elite anonymous proxies do not provide information that you are using a proxy and do not indicate your IP or an IP the proxy provider assigned. The upside of these proxies is that the Internet resource you visit can’t discover that you are using a proxy. Such proxies are best if you need to simulate real user data for purposes of traffic arbitrage, reviews posting, etc. 

Transparent proxies are proxies that do not obfuscate your IP address. Such proxies are best, for example, to speed up website loading: they add websites to the cache, and they will be loaded faster when you reopen it. Companies often use such proxies to save traffic.

Housing Type

Server proxies. They are also called data center proxies. These proxies provide the data center IP. Such proxies are inexpensive, but they have several disadvantages:

  • They are defined as proxies. On the one hand, this means that you won’t be able to imitate the behavior of a real user. On the other hand, some websites may limit your access since you hide your identity. 
  • They are not unique. Several users may use such proxies simultaneously.

These proxies will open blocked websites, but they are unlikely to be verified by anti-fraud systems. 

Residential proxies are IPs that are assigned to private users by ISP. Only a single user at a time may use such a proxy and they are unidentifiable. 

Residential proxies do not arouse any suspicion, therefore they are best to bypass anti-fraud systems.

Residential proxies have two major drawbacks: they are much more expensive than server proxies, while they provide a slower connection speed. 

Mobile proxies are proxies that are assigned by a cellular carrier. Such proxies are dynamic and may assign a single IP address to thousands of users at once. 

Anti-fraud systems consider this fact and do not block such IPs. They opt for other ways to identify the real user instead. 

As with residential proxies, mobile proxies are more expensive than server proxies because they help to bypass anti-fraud systems while providing a faster connection speed.

Data Alteration

Forward proxies are proxies used by the browser (user). 

Reverse proxies are proxies used by servers. Such proxies are often used by companies to protect their corporate LANs from inbound connections. When trying to connect to such a LAN, a hacker is redirected to a proxy server which will suppress the attack.

How Much Do Proxies Cost?

There are many free proxy providers on the web. Such proxies won’t work for Google or Facebook, since the IPs they provide are already blocked by the above. Besides, they might be unsafe for your device. 

The price of a proxy depends on the type of proxy, location, and terms of a particular seller. Proxies might be sold individually or rented out. As to the rented proxies, the price can be calculated monthly or depending on the traffic volume. 

Server proxies are the cheapest. Here’s pricing from a proxy provider:

For reference, mobile and residential proxies are more expensive:

Here are the prices from another seller:

How to Select Proxy?

Select a proxy based on your tasks. For example, you might want to opt for residential proxies or mobile proxies for traffic arbitrage or to work with e-wallets and cryptocurrency. Server proxies will bypass the website block in a certain region. 

We recommend purchasing proxies from trusted providers that specialize in proxies trading. This way you’ll avoid unscrupulous traders who can deceive you, harm you or your device.

Which Proxies are Best with an Anti-Detect Browser?

The same proxies that you require for your tasks will work with an anti-detect browser as well. At least the Dolphin{anty} Browser does not require any particular type of proxy. Besides, Dolphin{anty} allows you to update mobile proxy IPs: there’s no need to log into a third-party account to update them. 

In case you already use another anti-detect browser, you can check the proxy compatibility information with the developer.

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