Residential proxies and data extraction

In order to run an online business successfully, one should stay informed about what’s going on in the business world and, particularly, in a specific sphere. There always must be a source of relevant information at hand.

There are lots of reasons why we need to use this information. For example, we need to know how a business works, so we do need to browse and read about similar projects. Second, you should have a bit of understanding of how your competitors are doing and know the secrets of their success, so you can apply some practices in your own business. Third, to compete successfully, they need to analyze competitors’ pricing policies and/or check relevant pricing information, which is not always available through mere browsing.


How big data is extracted

Browsing is a common way of obtaining information, which everyone tries at some point. However, it is very time-taking and not productive at all on a business scale. There are automated scraping, phishing, crawling and parsing tools and techniques (bots, robots, spiders, etc.). They are intended for extracting large volumes of data from websites. Today, there is hardly a successful enterprise out there, which has not used at least one of these methods.

Issues

Website owners and admins would not be eager give away information, which they have worked so hard to obtain. Or they need to do their uttermost to secure proprietary information, which they do not want to share with potential competitors. They regard any bot, crawler, spider, etc. activity as suspicious and take steps to block it. They can identify you by IP and, if they assume that you are visiting their site too frequently, they will blacklist and block you right away. If you have visited the site from multiple accounts yet from the same IP address, they will get banned inevitably. To avoid this, you should mask your IP.

Proxies 

A proxy connection is a popular solution for those who need to disguise their IP addresses. If you have connected to one, your target websites will see the proxy’s IP address, not yours. If you have signed up with a proxy network (residential, datacenter, etc.), you can get a pool of proxies, so you can connect to a different one every time you go online and extract data. Also, you can set up a bot to connect to different proxies at a set interval of time and get your crawler to work. This will help you look more natural to websites and reduce the likelihood of getting a red flag.

Residential and Datacenter Proxies

However, a connection to a proxy server alone is not the end of the story. Datacenter proxies are the most popular type of proxies. Proxy servers are located at datacenters and are owned by large companies. These proxies are most frequently used by scrapers, parsers, crawlers and other types of data extraction bots. Unfortunately, there is a category of users who use these tools for unethical and even criminal purposes. This has earned datacenter proxies some bad reputation. Websites have developed advanced methods of distinguishing between different types of proxies and regard datacenter proxies with suspicion. Some websites already have pools of blacklisted datacenter proxies and ban users visiting them from datacenter IPs. This means that a datacenter proxy is no longer a panacea against bans.


Why residential proxies are more helpful in data extraction

A residential proxy is an IP address provided to a home owner by an ISP. Home owners’ devices – PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones – play the role of a proxy server once you connect to the Internet via one. For this reason, when you visit a website via a residential proxy, they see the home owner’s IP address, not yours.

Although residential proxies do have weak spots, they are increasingly helpful in data extraction. There are several good reasons why businesses choose residential proxies:

  • Because the devices mentioned above belong to real users (home owners), websites and online services see these IPs and have no reason to be suspicious about them. So, if you have connected to one, the target site will see the home owner’s IP and will not block you. Now, what you actually do is hide your main IP address behind a real user’s IP address.
  • Residential IPs are unified into networks (like AstroProxy), which operate in different parts of the world. For example, AstroProxy handles residential IPs in Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. This means that you can sign up with the network and go online via any residential proxy server located in these countries.
  • AstroProxy can ensure even better protection with the help of residential rotating (backconnect) proxies. You not only hide your IP address behind another one, but connect to a new IP every time you go online. The company will provide you a pool of residential IPs, so you can switch between them and make it for a target site look like it has just had lots of visits from around the globe. You can set the system to rotate IPs at your preferred time interval or contact us to switch IPs upon your request. This option will help you scrape dozens of sites without fearing red flags.


Choose our network!

AstroProxy offers a range of services and high security level at an affordable price. Because residential proxies are more expensive than datacenter proxies, many users face a temptation of getting involved with free residential proxy networks. They offer free services either because they are too broke to purchase and implement high quality software and hardware or they scam and/or hack users’ account and steal personal information. Neither is acceptable for a user.

Therefore, it is highly advisable to sign up with a network, which has been around for a little while and has a strong standing in the market. AstroProxy is a rapidly growing network of residential and mobile proxies, and we offer plans that are tailored to users’ most common needs and budgets. Also, there is a free 30-day trial period, so you can test every option and see if everything suits you well.