This Is as Close as You Will Ever Get to an IP Scrambler

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.

Are you looking for an IP scrambler? Something that could change or hide your IP address for every connection, provide security and anonymity? Congrats, because you’ve found it – the best rotating proxy network. Read on to find out how it can help you scramble ip address, hide or spoof your true IP.

hide your IP address for every connection

A rotating proxy – the real IP address scrambler

An ‘IP scrambler’ is an imprecise word, because an IP address cannot really be scrambled. On the Internet, every connection request must show the last IP address it is sent from. BUT your real IP can be hidden behind a proxy. A proxy simply changes your IP address by routing your connection request through an intermediary device. If you change the proxy address often, you will be effectively using an IP address scrambler!

To change IP addresses easily, you have to either have a massive proxy list, or use a rotating proxy network. A rotating proxy is a type of proxy that uses a pool of IP addresses and selects a random one for each of your connections.

A rotating proxy for ip scrambler

Next, you have to choose the type of proxies you will use. There are several types of proxies which provide a varying degree of anonymity. We have a helpful blog post about the differences between data center and residential proxies, so we won’t go into it here. In our case, we will be talking about rotating private residential proxies, because they:

  • look like IPs of real devices,
  • do not reveal your true IP.

Scramble IP address to scrape safely

If you run a screen scraper script, you know how vulnerable you are to any IP block or cloaking. Our clients have found that rotating 10+ million residential IPs with location targeting is exactly what puts their scraping into gear. When a scraper connects through thousands of unique proxies, they simply scramble IP addresses. If you want to find out more, read our blog post about proxies for web scraping.

A rotating proxy network can scramble an IP address so well that it improves screen scraping speed. With unlimited threads (each with its own unique IP), you do not need any delay function and can have your competitors scraped a dozen times faster.

A rotating proxy network can scramble an IP address so well that it improves screen scraping speed.

You don’t need an IP address hider

Again, there’s no reliable way to hide your IP address without a proxy. Always use private proxies to hide your IP. A rotating proxy network like ours will let you use over 10+ million IPs at any time of the day. All you need to do is connect to the backconnect proxy node and it will act as an IP address hider.

Datacenter proxies, free proxies and VPNs are often abused by others on the Internet, so you will often be unable to do most of the things you want. Also, any free IP address hider will likely steal your data and will not be anonymous.

connect to the backconnect proxy

Better than an IP spoofer

A proxy is the best way to spoof an IP address. It reliably hides your IP by directing your connection via an intermediary device. Free proxies often have little use as IP spoofers, because they are abused and blocked or taken offline in under 2 hours.

This means that you will need a huge list of proxy addresses if you want to reliably spoof your IP address.

We don’t brag when we say that Smartproxy had over 99% uptime in the last year. You can use our rotating proxy network to access over 10 million IP addresses any time of the day. Choose your plan here.

2 responses to “This Is as Close as You Will Ever Get to an IP Scrambler”

  1. Peter says:

    Interesting reading!

  2. Jonathan says:

    This sounds cool!

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