StormProxies is an impressive proxy service with a large variety of proxy packages tailored for certain usage scenarios, like unblocking websites, purchasing sneakers and tickets, creating social media accounts, performing SEO tasks. This Storm Proxies review presents the main features of the service as well as its main strengths and weaknesses (spoiler alert: not many cons!).
StormProxies review in a nutshell
|Proxy types||Rotating backconnect proxies, Private dedicated proxies, Sneaker proxies, Ticketmaster & tickets sites proxies, Social sites proxies.|
|Proxy location||USA, European Union, and other Worldwide locations.|
|Proxy client||Proxy bots, manual configuration, browser extensions, programmatically.|
|IP source||Data center IPs and residential IP addresses.|
|IP rotation||Every 3 and 5 minutes or after 15 min.|
|IP replacement||Twice a month for the Private dedicated proxies package.|
|Authentication||IP based or user/pass.|
|Bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth. No limitations.|
|Speed & performance||Fast and reliable.|
|P2P/Torrent policy||Not allowed.|
|Usage restrictions||Hacking, torrents, illegal activity.|
|Trial period||No trial.|
|Pricing||Depends on the package.|
|Payment methods||Paypal, credit cards.|
|Moneyback & Refund policy||Yes.|
|Support||24/7 email support.|
|Control Panel||Simple and easy to use.|
Rotating backconnect proxies
Rotating reverse backconnect proxies automatically change the exit IP address of the proxy server to an IP from a large pool of IP addresses. There is no need for manual IP replacements. The user gets access to one or more “proxy gateways,” the IP or IPs of the reverse proxy server. By accessing the “proxy gateway” servers, your proxy client software (e.g., AIO bot) will receive a new proxy IP after every several minutes.
Depending on the type of IPs included in the proxy pool, Storm Proxies offers:
- Dedicated rotating proxies – To every HTTP request (after every 3 min or after 15 min), a new random IP from a proxy pool of 70,000 IPs is assigned. The pool consists of rotating private data center IP addresses.
- Residential IPs rotating proxies – The proxy requests are forwarded to a random IP (every 3-5 min) from a proxy pool of 40,000 residential IPs.
Private dedicated proxies
The sneaker proxies are optimized for purchasing sneakers from Yeezy, Adidas, Nike, Supreme, Champs Sports, Footlocker, Footaction, Eastbay, and other sneaker sites.
Ticketmaster & tickets sites proxies
Ticketing proxies to be used with ticket bots for tickets sites with sites such as TicketMaster, TicketFly, AXS, VividSeats, MLB, StubHub, AXS, Tickets.com, and all other similar sites.
Social sites proxies
They are used for digital marketing campaigns, for accessing and unblocking sites or services like Instagram (aka Instagram proxies), Facebook (aka Facebook proxies), Twitter (aka Twitter proxies), Tumblr, Pinterest, Linkedin, Snapchat, Pokemon Go, or even Craigslist.
StormProxies offer access to a large proxy network. The private dedicated proxies are available in the USA (Cheyenne, LA, and NY). This includes the tickets proxies and the social media proxies.
The backconnect proxy IPs are from the USA, the European Union, and other Worldwide locations. The location can be changed from the Client Area.
Finally, the residential proxies (rotating, sneaker proxies, ticket sites) are available in the USA and European Union (EU).
Proxies provided by StormProxies as well as other HTTP proxies can be used in various ways depending on users’ needs.
Proxy software or proxy bots
Many proxy users have specific tasks in mind that are related to SEO (link building), online purchases, social media. These tasks need automation, and manual proxy configuration is simply not an option. Here are several proxy software applications and bots that can be used with Storm Proxies:
- SEO software: ScrapeBox, GSA Search Engine Ranker.
- Sneaker bots: AIO Bot, Nike Bot, Another Nike Bot, NikeShoeBot, SneakerHead-Bot, Heated Sneaks Bots, Easy Cop Ultimate.
- Proxy software: EliteProxySwitcher, Proxifier.
All popular web browsers can route your Internet traffic through HTTP/HTTPS or SOCKS proxies. Setting up a proxy in a browser is an easy task. For example, in Chrome for Mac, you need to perform the following tasks:
- Open the Google Chrome browser.
- Go to Settings > Advanced > System > Open proxy settings. It will open the Network settings of your macOS.
- Select and check Web Proxy (HTTP) or Secure Web Proxy (HTTPS).
- Fill in the (Secure) Web Proxy Server IP address and port (check the StormProxies Control Panel for details). Also, if you use a username and password for authentication, enter the Username and Password.
- Click Ok, and you have completed the setup of the Storm Proxies.
Also, you may manually set up a proxy on your mobile device (e.g., set up an HTTP proxy on your iPhone or iPad).
Proxy browser extensions
Use the proxy programmatically
You may easily use proxies programmatically. For example, in PHP, you may call the cURL function similarly to the code below:
$url = ‘http://xyz.com/ip.php’; //the URL to be accessed
$proxy = ‘127.0.0.1:8888’; //proxy IP and port
$proxyauth = ‘user:password’; //the authentication username and password
$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_PROXY, $proxy);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_PROXYUSERPWD, $proxyauth);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPPROXYTUNNEL, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_MAXREDIRS, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, 1);
$curl_scraped_page = curl_exec($ch);
Storm Proxies offer both data center IPs and residential IPs, depending on the package:
- Private dedicated proxies: data center IP addresses.
- Backconnect rotating proxies: a mix of data center and residential IPs.
- Residential rotating IP proxies: pure residential IPs.
The IPs from the Backconnect rotating proxies and Residential rotating proxies are rotated every 3 and 5 minutes or after 15 min. A new IP is assigned to each port. Also, the proxies dedicated to certain users can be rotated using certain proxy applications or browser extensions as explained here.
IP replacement is possible twice a month for the Private dedicated proxies package.
Backconnect Rotating Proxies and Residential Rotating Proxies packages assign IPs dynamically from a pool of tens of thousands of IPs. Thus, no IP replacement is necessary or possible.
The authentication is either IP based (for most of the packages) or user/pass authentication for the private proxies. Each of the packages comes with one access IP. It means you can use each package from the maximum one computer.
Storm Proxies offer unlimited bandwidth. No hidden costs, no limits on bandwidth.
Speed & Performance
To get a feeling on how fast the proxies provided by Storm Proxies, I purchased the smallest package available (5 Private Dedicated Proxies for $10/month) and performed some speed testing. Overall, while writing this Storm Proxies review, the impression was that the proxies are very fast and reliable (I used one for several days with no disconnection or significant speed loss). Thus, I can recommend the fast proxy service provided by Storm Proxies.
Note: The speed test was performed in Europe with a USA proxy, on a Windows machine using the Firefox browser.
P2P / Torrent policy
Torrenting is not allowed on the Storm proxy network.
Hacking, torrents, and all other illegal activity.
Storm Proxies does not offer a free trial. However, you may benefit from the two-day money back policy (less for the smallest packages).
Depending on the type of proxy, Storm Proxies pricing is based on the number of IPs (Private Dedicated Proxies), the number of simultaneous connections (Backconnect Rotating Proxies), the number of ports (Residential Rotating Proxies). Further, you may check the available options, buy proxies, and get instant access to the proxies on the Storm Proxies website. You may also benefit from 5% off by applying the 5OFFSTORM discount coupon.
Important! When subscribing to the Storm Proxies service you need to confirm your email address and also it needs to match your PayPal id.
You may pay for proxies using PayPal, either using funds from PayPal account or by credit cards.
Moneyback & Refund policy
If you are not happy with the Storm Proxies service, you may ask for a refund within 48 hours of purchase. However, the smallest (5 proxies) package comes with (only) 2 hours money-back guarantee.
The Storm Proxies team offers 24/7 email support. According to their website, all support requests are answered within 24 hours, 45% within 1 hour!
The Control Panel is simple and easy to use, and it allows you to:
- get access to your proxies (proxy, port, username/password);
- set up the access IP for rotating reverse proxies;
- change the authentication mode for your proxies.
StormProxies is a complete proxy service with a lot of package options, excellent performance, and competitive pricing.
- Various proxy packages.
- A large number of residential proxies.
- Dedicated sneaker proxies, Ticketmaster proxies, social media proxies (Twitter proxies, Instagram proxies).
- Unlimited bandwidth.
- Excellent speed.
- No regular shared proxies available.
- No SOCKS proxies.
- No trial.