Most proxy users use a shared IP address, and that option is the most suitable for them. A dedicated proxy is used almost exclusively for private accounts that use additional security measures, allowing only selected IP addresses, or IP address ranges to access the service.
Both dedicated and shared proxies have their own advantages and disadvantages. At the end of the day, you will need to decide what you want to use a proxy for and what your priorities are before deciding which type will be best for you.
What you’ll learn
What is a dedicated IP address?
When an IP address is used by only one user, it is commonly known as a dedicated IP address. VPNs normally used IP addresses that are shared by many users, making it easier to keep each user anonymous. Although a dedicated IP address is not as secure when it comes to anonymity, they do have their own advantages.
Shared IP addresses are often blacklisted, and although this could also happen with a dedicated IP address, this only happens rarely if the user of the IP does not perform spamming actions. Media services, including Hulu, BBC, and Netflix, are very good at identifying shared IP addresses and blacklisting them. This will cause the public proxy to be blocked. With a dedicated IP address, it is easier to stay hidden and reduce the chance of being blacklisted.back to menu ↑
What is a dedicated proxy or private proxy?
A dedicated proxy, also known as a private proxy, is a proxy server hosted on a dedicated machine or a VPS (Virtual Private Server). As it is not accessible to anyone else, there is no responsibility for sharing in the consequences of the actions of others. It is also much faster than a shared proxy, as there is no congestion caused by other users. The primary function of a proxy, as well as a private one, is to hide your IP address.back to menu ↑
What is the use of a dedicated proxy?
The most common reason for using a dedicated IP address is to access specific services that whitelists IP addresses for security reasons. There are many types of websites, e.g., banks and other financial institutions that will keep track of your IP address together with your login details to prevent brute force login attempts. If you log into those websites with a different IP address than what you normally use, it will raise a flag on their side indicating that there is a potential problem.
Media services are often restricted to geolocation, e.g., Hulu, BBC, Netflix, and many others. Although this can be bypassed by making the IP appear as if it is situated in a different location, these services are nowadays very good at identifying shared IP addresses and blocking them, thereby preventing access to the service. When a dedicated IP proxy is used, it becomes much easier to stay concealed and minimize the probability of being blacklisted.
Local private proxies can also be used to connect to other restrictive websites, for example, ticketing websites. Ticketing websites only allow a limited number of tickets to be bought per IP. To get your hands on more tickets, ticketing proxies can be bought online, and these will allow you to buy more tickets from a ticketing website online than what you would typically be able to do.
Dedicated proxies are also used by SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) specialists as SEO proxies. SEO tools like Scrapebox, GSA SER, SenukeXcr, or Ultimate Daemon use proxies for blog commenting, keyword scraping, link harvesting, and other Internet marketing actions.back to menu ↑
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Where to find dedicated proxies?
There are a lot of excellent dedicated proxy providers (unlimited bandwidth, money-back guarantee, HTTP proxy, SOCKS proxy). Take a look to my proxy tools page, or take Google search on “dedicated proxy,” “dedicated IP proxies,” “HTTP dedicated proxy,” or “socks private proxy.”back to menu ↑
How to create your own dedicated proxy
Creating your dedicated proxy is possible and recommended if you have some basic knowledge of how to work on Linux operating systems. The first step is to get access to a dedicated server or VPS (you may check the hosting providers that I recommend). Secondly, you need to choose the type of proxy: HTTP or SOCKS. Thirdly, set up your private proxy server. Here are two excellent step-by-step tutorials:back to menu ↑
Advantages of dedicated proxies
- The IP address of the proxy stays the same, making it easy to use sites that whitelist IPs for security reasons.
- There is no ‘bad neighbor’ effect where an IP address shared by many users is blocked because of the bad behavior of some of the users.
- As bandwidth does not need to be shared among many users, you’ll have more bandwidth allocated to your IP, and this may mean faster speeds.
- Dedicated proxies are immune to hacking and spoofing attempts done by users that share the same IP address (especially residential proxies).
Disadvantages of dedicated proxies
- Dedicated proxies are quite expensive and typically go for about 3 to 5 times the price of shared proxies.
- Dedicated proxies are not as anonymous as shared proxies are. As the proxy’s IP address is only used by one person, it identifies you and will not secure your privacy. Depending on your reasons for using a proxy, this could be their main drawback, as your online activities will be much easier to track than what would be the case with a shared proxy.
If you use any high-security accounts like an email, website, or any account at a financial institution with that type of security requirements, you may want to look into using a dedicated proxy server.