Are Residential Proxies Better Than a Fake IP Address?

James Keenan

The automation and anonymity evangelist at Smartproxy. He believes in data freedom and everyone’s right to become a self-starter. James is here to share knowledge and help you succeed with residential proxies.

There are dozens of reasons why you would want a fake IP. By hiding your real IP, you can stay anonymous and safe. But to change your IP address, you have to use a proxy. While you can get a single proxy at a reasonable price online, you should really look into proxy networks. Why? Proxy networks let you use millions of IP addresses – a huge pool that lets you generate IP addresses at scale. Our rotating proxy network is a great example – it lets you use over 10 million residential IPs. Every one of them hides your identity and location, but together they make you untraceable.

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How to use a fake IP address

First, let’s get things clear – there is no such thing as a ‘fake IP address’ – every IP address denotes either an existing server or device connected to the internet. There are countless unused IP addresses, which could be called fake IP addresses. If you are looking for an unused IP address for some fake IP list, you might just well generate a list of four numbers like and be done with it.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a way to mask your IP, the best option to change your IP is through a proxy.

Fake IP address generator

Again, if you are looking for some unused IP addresses, you are best off just writing down random numbers:

Here you go. Now, let’s get to real fake IP business.

If you do want to generate a new IP address to keep your online connections and identity secret, you can use a rotating proxy network as a fake IP address generator. I am telling you this because a robust proxy network is the only IP faker that can work at a massive scale.

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Millions of IPs in a rotating proxy pool make it a great IP randomizer, because it generates a new and unique IP address for every request.

You don’t need any IP faker software

All major browsers and operating systems support proxy connections out of the box. So you do not need any additional ‘IP faker’ software to fake your IP. You can set up a backconnect proxy on iOS and Android phones, all major browsers like Chrome, Safari and Firefox, including their extension FoxyProxy, right now.

The backconnect node is the cherry on the cake, because it lets you forego any manual proxy list. You simply set up a backconnect proxy connection and use the whole pool or only IPs from a specific country. This is the best IP faker you’ll find on the market: a proxy network that will change your IP to a random one for every connection request AND will be easy to use on a daily basis.

If you are looking for a more in-depth information about how a fake IP address can help your business, see our other articles.