Accessing a platform using several accounts is one of the quickest ways to get your account suspended or permanently banned from the website. Your account will be flagged as a bot or spam account. That is why people make use of the Incogniton web browser, which is considered to be the ultimate tool for internet anonymity.
Incogniton has features that enable you to hide crucial details about the device you use to access the internet. Some of these vital data that Incogniton masks include your device operating system, session data, and screen size. However, of all the data you want to mask, your IP address is the most valuable browser footprint you leave. Your IP address gives off critical information about your session, down to your ISP details and your device location. This now poses another problem – how to hide your IP address.
On reading the last sentence above, you’d obviously think Oh, no. Not another VPN blog and you are right about that. Virtual private networks (VPNs) are not new to many people, as they are the go-to tools for hiding or tweaking IP addresses and device location. However, you do notice that some websites are able to tell when you use a VPN, and this boils down to the type of proxy your VPN service provider assigns to your device. Proxies come in different flavors, and different proxies work better than others with Incogniton. You must have sound knowledge of proxies in order to use achieve absolute anonymity when using them with this browser.
What are proxies, and you should care?
Proxies reside either on the end device or between the device and a destination internet server. Is this going too technical? Fear not, for in this article, we will explain the techy terms in the simplest way possible. If you use your laptop with a proxy to access a website, the IT guys there do not see the IP address of your laptop; what they are shown is that of the proxy server. With your IP address, websites can get information about you as well as the device with which you access their platforms. More so, the IP quality of your proxy influence their security decision. The three main proxy types include mobile, residential, and datacenter proxies. Here, we will explore the various proxies to determine which, together with Incogniton, work best for handling multiple accounts and anonymity.
Types of Proxies
We start off this piece by looking at mobile proxies. These are simply the IP addresses that ISPs assign to network carriers like Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. For starters, a huge difference between mobile proxies and the other two (datacenter and residential proxies) is that the IP addresses of mobile proxies are shared by several users at the same time, thanks to NAT technology (network address translation. Don’t worry, we won’t get into the technical aspects). Whereas, only one person can use a residential and datacenter IP proxy at a given time.
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) assign residential IP addresses to home internetworks. If you use the internet at home, the websites you visit see that you are browsing from the IP address of your home network. When you then visit a friend and connect to their home internet, any site you visit detects not your home network IP address, but that of your friend’s network. Now, if for some reason, your home network IP address is banned from accessing a website, then residential proxies can make your session appear to be from a different residential IP address (say, your friend’s home network), and so, you have access to the website.
While datacenter proxies give you anonymity by masking your location, residential proxies are a different beast. Residential proxies make your connection look like it originated from genuine addresses, and this makes them almost impossible to detect.
Unlike the residential IP addresses that are linked to homes, datacenter proxies are not tied to specific locations. The IP address that will be detected is not that of the ISP; your IP will be that of the datacenter. Not to be confused with VPNs because while VPNs encrypt your session, the sole task of datacenter IPs is to mask your IP address. Hence, you can view datacenter proxies as a block that shields your real IP address from prying eyes. Website admins cannot determine your real IP address because all they see is that of the datacenter.
Datacenter proxies are the most common types of proxy servers for internet anonymity. Hence, they are a great way to mask your IP address and internet footprint, and this brings another issue because while web admins cannot know your real IP address, they can tell that you hid it using a datacenter proxy. Datacenter proxies are widely used by criminals, and so your session will be more scrutinized.
Residential IP Proxies vs. Datacenter Proxies for Incognito
Despite the type of proxy you use, your IP can be detected. Thousands of people attempt to spam websites or harvest data from platforms and to do that, they need multiple IP addresses or a proxy. Their best bet is to go for datacenter proxies, which are incredibly cheaper and more accessible than residential proxies. The bulk of users on datacenter IP proxies have malicious intent, and this fact is obvious to IT administrators.
On the other hand, residential proxies give you residential IP addresses, which appear natural to the administrators. So, a device with a datacenter IP address merely accessing a network would raise a red flag but it won’t happen with another on a residential IP address. Below is a clear comparison between these two types of proxy servers.
We stated earlier that websites take security action based on the type of proxy they detect from your session. Datacenter proxies are known to be used by nefarious users, and so, when you access websites from such proxies, you get scrutinized, because you are marked as a potential threat. As a rule of thumb, the easier and cheaper it is to get a proxy, the lower the trustability of your session.
To help you determine the best proxy to use with Incogniton, we have explored the three main types of proxy servers – mobile, residential, and datacenter proxies and looked at the positives and downsides of each of them. Mobile proxies are the easiest to come by, and so, they do not generally score well in the trustability ratings, except you use one from a trusted provider. However, these proxies do not get blocked often because loads of users share common IP addresses, and blocking an address hurts all of these people. This alone makes mobile proxies a great option for anonymity. Next is datacenter proxies. These types of proxies are a no-no because immediately you log into a platform with these IP addresses, you are automatically marked as a risky user. Of all the three proxy types discussed here, you are best off with residential a residential proxy because you look like you are browsing from the comfort of your home and not a faux address.