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What are mobile proxies in the simple terms

by Danny White

You must have already know what proxies are. Such proxies perform the same function – they stream data from the user to the source server and return a request in response. But these technologies have a few qualitative differences.

How mobile proxy works

They are also called rotating or backconnect-proxy. This technology is used quite legally by mobile operators. Mobile proxies use a lot of IPs from which the source server receives requests from users when they access the network from their smartphones and tablets. Target servers cannot block such addresses, even if they receive a huge number of requests from them. The source server “understands” that the high load from a single IP is not due to spam actions by a single client but to the quite natural behavior of hundreds or even thousands of users. Therefore, it has to soften restrictions on mobile proxies.

The server will consider the account suspicious if:

  • The application’s time zone does not match the IP address’s time zone;
  • IP address changes too often;
  • The OS network fingerprint does not match the device from which the user logged into his account.

In such cases, the target server blocks not the IP address from which the request was sent, but the account of the user who behaved suspiciously. This is why it is important to use proxies that work according to “human” algorithms. They will naturally change IP addresses, transfer correct data to the source server, and no doubt that the request is coming from a real user and not a spam robot. Even if you’re simultaneously parsing competitors’ profiles and their followers from multiple accounts on the same Instagram.

Speaking of another advantage – price. The cost of mobile proxies is currently one of the lowest.

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