What Are Private Residential Proxies and How Do They Work?

In short, they are a type of IP proxy that are administered by a sole party.

Today, many online users are concerned about protecting their online information from external threats. The most popular online protective services are VPNs and proxies. Today we will be examining proxies, primarily private residential proxies, as they offer the greatest layers of protection. Before getting into this specific type of proxy, let's first quickly go over a general overview of what private proxies are and how they work.

Private Proxies

Private proxies, aka dedicated proxies, are a type of IP proxy that are administered by a sole party. This means no other online company or application has access to use that proxy; only a single person has full access and control to it whenever in use, and this proxy is not shared with others. Private proxies offer increased data protection since they contain SSL (secure sockets layer) security which conceals a user's data within the proxy’s IP.  

Now how do private proxies work? A private proxy behaves as a middleman between a user (person using a proxy) and a website or application being used. The user is given a dedicated (single) proxy for a single session. Then, when a user goes to access a webpage, the request goes through a proxy server first before entering the webpage, hiding the user’s IP address in the process. Since private proxies are exclusive to a single user , they are considered the most secure, reliable, and fastest kind of proxy that rarely runs into issues of having their IP blocked by websites. Because of these added benefits, private proxies are more expensive than other types of proxies like shared or semi-dedicated ones. 

The most popular use-cases for private proxies are business and personal interests: commercial needs used by companies include ad verification on websites or bulk collection of travel pricing; while for personal use it usually entails strict high level anonymity when browsing the web.

Private Residential Proxies  

Now that we know what private proxies are, let’s discuss private residential proxies. For a quick recap: residential proxies utilize electronic devices connected to broadband connections, mainly residential homes, ranging from laptops to desktops which are connected through that home’s ISP; or the proxy can also utilize a mobile device that is connected to residential WiFi. With this in mind, a private residential proxy simply combines  the dedicated IP server generated by an ISP for a residency, along with being completely  private and exclusive to the internet user or company that uses them-- the two added benefits are increased security since no information is shared with others and the proxy is masked as if an authentic residential user is traversing the internet. 


The main drawback for many customers who use private residential proxies is its high pricing compared to other types of proxies. However, here at Spider our private residential proxies provide not only the highest quality and competitive pricing compared to other providers like BrightData, but our connectivity speeds, reliability of proxies, unfettered bandwidth use, security protection, and location access makes Spider’s pool of private residential proxies the best provider.

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