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Whether you’re looking for more privacy online or you’re a huge business owner conducting global market research – hiding your IP is the first step. And not surprisingly, the internet is full of all kinds of flashy information, handy free IP randomization tools, and websites for that purpose.
It’s amazing when you think about it – but it’s also important to understand that not everything is sunshines and rainbows. Just because something is marketed as free doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come at a cost. So, how do we go about randomizing our IPs safely?
Probably the first thing you’ll stumble upon on the internet after googling how to generate a random IP will be… random generators. It’s a tool that allows you to generate multiple IP addresses.
Usually, they are used by programmers and developers for scripting and testing purposes. So, for example, a specialist would use random IPs to check whether or not a browser code works properly.
Random IPs can sometimes be used as a synonym for a fake IP, but they’re far from being the same thing. A random IP is just that — an IP randomly assigned to you or generated by various services like IP generators, VPNs, and proxy providers.
As far as fake IPs are concerned, there’s no such thing. All IPs come from real devices worldwide. A fake IP could be mistaken for terms such as mock or dummy IPs. They’re a mock version of an IP that the very same developers use for various testing purposes. These kinds of IPs neither function as an IP, nor can they be used as one to change your location or shield your privacy.
It’s definitely not the first time we’ve touched upon this topic, and it for sure won’t be the last time either. As awesome as free stuff can be, hardly anything is actually for free online. Whether we like it or not, someone somewhere is benefiting. That’s why it’s important to understand the dangers and risks associated with anything that’s free on the internet, particularly when we talk about security and privacy online.
Risk of leaking your personal information to unknown third parties. It can happen in many ways. For example:
And this can lead to a whole array of different problems since we have no idea how our information is being used and whether or not it’s being handled ethically. Not to mention the risk of your information being sold to third parties – yikes.
You don’t actually know where those random IPs are coming from. Having a random IP hide your real one is great, but only when it’s a legitimate IP. There’s a reason why so many proxy providers spend so much time, effort, and money to make sure that their residential IP pools include real IPs from individuals who know how their IP is handled.
Honestly, there are more dangers out there, so if you’re interested in the topic and want to know more about it, we highly recommend reading our blog post about why you shouldn’t use free software.
If you really want to create a random IP address generator, you have to gather a proxy database first. But getting this database is difficult. You will have to use proxy crawlers which are often available only in the dark corners of the internet. And if that weren’t enough of a reason to reconsider – they also mostly dig up unreliable IPs, a good part of which are set up as honeypots by hackers to steal your data.
Besides, there’s the question of time. Gathering your own database can be extremely time-consuming – not to mention trying to acquire legit IPs ethically and not compromise your own IP in the process.
So, don’t waste time gathering a list of suspicious proxies – use a reliable paid proxy service. Smartproxy’s advanced rotating network will make sure that you get a new IP address for every connection you make.
Rotating proxies are proxy servers that assign you a different IP address from a respective pool for every new connection. Depending on which proxy provider you choose, you’ll get varied amounts of IPs as well (40M+ if you choose Smartproxy). It’s particularly important and beneficial for those having to make multiple connections with different IPs. Rotating proxies are great for:
Web scraping – gather important information efficiently and without any worry about getting a single IP ban or CAPTCHA.
Market research – get valuable insights and make important decisions that could have a long-lasting benefit to you and your business.
Automation – optimize business processes online to save time, effort, and increase your productivity as well as revenue.
Accessing geo-restricted content – get desired public data anywhere in the world without geo-blocks.
First things first, sign up to our dashboard, create an account, and choose an authentication method (user:pass or whitelisted IPs in case of residential proxies). Once you’re locked and loaded, head over to the left side of the dashboard and pick a residential proxy plan or a datacenter proxy plan.
Now that you’ve created a user and selected an authentication method, you’ll have to choose whether you want an IP from a random location or a specific location. But before that, you have to navigate to the left sidebar and click on Endpoint generator.
Once you’re in the endpoint section, you can go ahead and choose your IP location – random or specific. All that’s left to do now is select the rotating session type. Bam, you’re in the rotating proxy network.
Now you have everything: the authentication, the proxy address, and the port (or port range) to integrate our proxies with any software/bot/scraper of your choice! Also, don’t forget to check out our Quick Start Guide, it’s a huge help when starting your proxy journey with us. Or, if you’re facing a bigger issue, drop a line to our customer support team – they’re here to help 24/7. Literally.
By the way, if you ever wondered how to check if your proxy is working properly, stop right here – we have already covered that.
As with everything, it’s better to be safe than sorry. There can be good free software online that can benefit you, especially if you’re not working on large-scale projects. Even then, it’s limited. Choosing a paid service like a reliable proxy server to generate a random IP address with every connection saves you stress and time.
Plus, you get to enjoy some real peace of mind knowing your work online won’t be interrupted or blocked. Make sure to weigh all pros and cons before going forward with anything that involves your IP.
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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.
Residential proxies come from real devices. So if you choose to shield yourself with this proxy, you’ll look like a completely normal and legit internet user to any website online, but with a different IP. Datacenter proxies are virtual IP addresses, created by powerful data centers. They’re easier to track, but they’re also faster and more stable.
If you’d like to learn more, check out our other blog post about the differences between residential and datacenter proxies as well as their benefits.
A rotating session can give you a new IP with every connection you make. A sticky session, on the other hand, lets you keep an IP address for a longer time. For example, our residential sticky sessions can last up to 1 minute, 10 minutes, or even 30 minutes. As for datacenter proxies, they last for 30 minutes.
Yep, as long as they’re used for decent purposes and without any ulterior motives. If we abide by laws and regulations while also respecting the websites we visit (yup, terms of service are there for us to read) – we’re all good. It might sound redundant, but it really boils down to these basics.
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