Before You Decide
Please consider the following to make sure we provide the best service for you.
ProxyMesh is great for scraping and crawling the web, because it offers rotating anonymous data center proxies. With IP address rotation, each data request goes through a different address, hiding your own address and identity. The change in proxy IPs reduces risk of detection and bans. One rotating proxy does the work of many single proxies.
Here are some tools that work well with ProxyMesh for efficient, secure data research:
Phantombuster is a platform to automate website scraping, with many APIs for research on social media, as well as other specialized queries for digital marketers, growth hackers, recruiters, and developers. Implementing Phantombuster with ProxyMesh can be an effective web scraping strategy, combining key use cases of both. Read more: 5 Tips for Successfully Using a Proxy with Phantombuster.
Scrapy is a leading web crawler. It’s free & open source, and easy to learn and to use on even the most complicated crawls. It features a wide range of time-tested, stable tools and features. Available middlewares let you use multiple ProxyMesh servers with Scrapy. Read more: 5 Benefits of Using Scrapy for Web Crawling.
ProxyMesh services work on most popular browsers. The simplest way to configure your browser is to add your IP address for authentication via the ProxyMesh dashboard. Read more: How to Change Web Browser Proxy Settings.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
Also keep in mind these things as you decide about signing up for ProxyMesh services.>
ProxyMesh proxies by themselves do not always work well for scraping social media. To scrape social media sites such as Facebook, Google, Instagram, LinkedIn or any SEO-related web scraping, we recommend that you look elsewhere. For more information on social media scraping, please see Scraping Social Media for Profitable Marketing Strategies. For social media scraping services, try Trusted Proxies or Luminati.
Multiple accounts are allowed, but not with the same IP address. The ProxyMesh system does not allow the same IP to be authenticated for multiple accounts.
Using a Public Wi-Fi
We do not recommend using a public Wi-Fi to sign up for a ProxyMesh account, or to log in, as it can trigger a Risky Behavior warning.
You don’t need a VPN to use our service. Please disconnect your VPN before signing up with ProxyMesh, or before logging in to a ProxyMesh account, otherwise it may trigger a Risky Behavior warning.
Please see our blog Why You Shouldn’t Confuse a VPN and a Proxy.
Residential IP & City-Specific Proxies
Also, we don't have IP proxies for specific cities, but we do provide some country or state IPs. For city-specific proxies, try WonderProxy.
See our blogs on:
Streaming Video or Playing Online Games
Streaming video or playing online games is not what ProxyMesh was designed for. Here are some better options:
- VPN such as ProtonVPN or F-Secure Freedome VPN
- or a web proxy with a persistent IP, like WonderProxy
- or a provider of both VPN and proxy services, like FoxyProxy.
Read More about Proxies
If you'd like more information about proxy services, please visit our companion website, proxyserver.com. We hope you'll find our blog to be a good resource for learning about the different types of proxy services and determining your needs. Please also see our article How the Service Works for more technical information.
ProxyMesh User Articles
Blogs of Special Interest
These blogs describe various types of proxies:
- Private (Dedicated) vs. Shared Proxies
- Working from Home? Use a Proxy for Security and Anonymity
- What Type of Proxy Is Best for Spying on the Competition?
- How Do Elite Proxies Offer the Ultimate Anonymity?
- SOCKS Proxies vs. HTTP Proxies
- How Does a Distorting Proxy Work?
- Residential Proxies
These blogs discuss the business benefits of web scraping: