Rotating proxies are used for many reasons, both nefarious and legitimate. They make many web activities faster and more efficient, including data scraping, crawling and security tasks. However, it’s important to be careful if you choose to use rotating proxies because they are illegal and will kill your social media accounts. It’s better to avoid them altogether. But if you’re on the hunt for a proxy server, here’s what to look for so you can maintain your typical online presence without breaking the law or losing your hard work.
TLDR – Rotating Proxies are “botnets” (aka infected devices) proxies that are incredibly illegal if you get caught, they also kill your social media accounts!
Read on to learn more.
What are rotating proxies?
A rotating proxy server is a tool employed by some Internet users who wish to hide their IP addresses for any reason. While a proxy server uses one particular IP address for every request during an online session, a rotating proxy will assign a new IP address to every request. This lets users send thousands of requests to thousands of sites all at the same time without the site tracing anything back to them. You mask your location, device type and other data that is given away by your IP address. The other appeal is that you can have the rotating proxy facilitate several activities at once, so repetitive tasks are simply handled without manually connecting each time.
However, just like with residential proxies, if you see a deal on a rotating proxy that seems too good to be true, it probably is. Many sellers hide the fact that their “rotating proxies,” also called “back connect” proxies, are subpar imitations that go offline randomly or are “botnets” that will infect your device with malware.
Let’s break that paragraph down.
Many affiliate forums advertise cheap rotating proxy or back connect proxy deals. Proxy servers are widely used by people ranging from government officials to sneaker fanatics, so there are certain keywords that rotating proxy providers will include to prey upon novice proxy users. For example, their descriptions typically boast high-quality residential IP addresses or other seemingly trustworthy details. The truth is that these proxies will go offline at random and then back online without any notice. Some are fast, but others are painfully slow and will automatically change your IP address every 5-20 minutes. The “good deal” ends up being a total nightmare.
This is because the proxies are actually botnets that are connected to the seller’s command center and control servers. And if you’re wondering what a botnet is, Norton Security defines it: “Botnets are the workhorses of the Internet. They’re connected computers performing a number of repetitive tasks to keep websites going. This can range from maintaining a chatroom or it can be taking control of your computer.” Each device in the network is referred to as a bot, and it is infected with malware that lets the control center (the seller) direct the device’s activity through standards-based network protocols such as IRC and HTTP.
In short, when you sign-up with a rotating proxy server, you’re agreeing to let the seller and all the other users in the proxy pool access the Internet via your device. Many hackers use these connections to steal information from the infected computers by keylogging, giving them access to bank accounts, email communications, social media and much more.
Norton warns site visitors of the dangers of botnets and offer several tips to help people protect themselves:
- Start with a high-quality Internet security suite that will detect and remove malware from your device.
- Update your operating system and apps as soon as new versions are announced so hackers won’t exploit weaknesses in the outdated versions.
- Avoid attachments and links from emails you don’t recognize.
- Don’t visit sites known to distribute malware.
Social Media Marketing
Hackers getting your login information to any important account is disastrous, but fortunately most compromised accounts can be recovered and restored. Social media, however, is different. Old posts (aside from “archived” posts on Instagram) cannot be recovered—not even when your account is tied to a business and your social media marketing efforts need to be tracked.
How does this tie into rotating proxies? It’s simple. Social media websites use bot detection software to track any accounts that are being accessed from a different IP address every 15 minutes. It’s abnormal behavior, even for mobile users who log into their accounts from different places all throughout the day. These accounts get flagged and if the moderators determine the account holder isn’t using the account for its intended purposes, they can suspend or even disable the account. That’s not the news you want to break during your year-end marketing report.
IPV4 Depot is Different
The key to using a proxy server is to ensure the provider has a legitimate operation and does not offer or provide access to any illegal servers. IPV4 Depot fits the criteria and never offers customers any sort of rotating, low-quality illegal proxies or botnets.
Our proxies are different because each was created with permission from mobile phone service providers offering enterprise level contracts that aren’t available to the public. They’re backed by businesses you already know and trust.
We guarantee high-quality, lightning fast 4G LTE proxies based in the USA, 50+mbps speeds and consistent connections. No more waiting around for your requests to go through, no more wondering if you’re online or offline.
Perhaps the best part, though, is that you can keep your IP address for as long or as short of a time that you need. The IP address change does not happen automatically, which is important for social media and other marketing efforts.
Our users have seen amazing results, and we know you will too!