Proxies work as middlemen between our requests and the web. Only one person at a certain point in time uses a private proxy. In comparison, a large number of people, rather than just one, use a shared proxy. This essentially means that there must be some differences between these two types of proxies. Let’s see what they are.
First of all, the usage of a private proxy offers a more secure connection. A private proxy is a dedicated IP. Thus, we can hide our IP address that the ISP has assigned with the help of a private proxy, which is particularly important for business organizations. We wouldn’t want our private data to be shared externally. Therefore, with a private proxy, we can protect our presence and reputation on the Internet, which offers a higher level of security to us and our organization.
On the other hand, a shared proxy can’t offer us such security because many people use it. When we are using a shared proxy, this means that others use the same IP address and they might have an abusive behavior, resulting in the IP address getting blocked by websites.
Second, when we are using a shared proxy, unlike as when using a VPN, our anonymity can’t be guaranteed. However, it may provide some sort of anonymity when browsing the Internet because different people use it. It would be difficult to link one specific user to a certain browsing history.
Furthermore, when we are using a shared proxy, we need to be aware of another big risk — the proxy might get blacklisted. This means that when we are trying to access a certain site, we may have limited success because of a previous user who tried to visit the same site. The previous user may have done something illegal or undesirable that has caused our IP to be blacklisted. This may lead to the slowing down of our working process.
Still, private proxies are a lot less likely to be blacklisted, which portrays another difference between the two types of proxies. These can help us surpass any type of a blocked website, and we can also freely bypass filters and firewalls.
The price is also an important factor that we have to consider. This is particularly important for small businesses and start-ups, as these usually have a limited budget.
Shared proxies are cheaper than private ones, and sometimes, we may even use one for free. Therefore, we will pay much less to obtain and use a shared proxy.
Another advantage is the opportunity to share some costs with other users. What we mean by this is that we can split the cost of the server with users with whom we share the proxy. This again is very useful when we have very limited financial resources.
In contrast, a private proxy will cost us and our business a lot more because the prices are premium compared to those of a shared proxy.
Moreover, there is also a difference between the two types of proxies in terms of speed. As more people are using the shared proxy, the speed is likely to be much lower than that of a private proxy. This means that the sites we are trying to access will load much slower because we are sharing the speed with others.
This issue is of importance to businesses with tight deadlines because it will directly affect the speed and performance of their network. However, the speed of loading is a lot higher when we use a private proxy because we are the only user of the IP address. If we need to access many sites in a short period of time, this factor would be of great significance.
Access to Different IP Addresses
When we’re using a shared proxy, we can get access to many different IP addresses at a much lower price. This allows us to choose the most optimal geographical location for our website. Additionally, it enables us to appear from anywhere we wish to.
In comparison, if we use a private proxy, there are likely to be a lot less available IP addresses at low prices. This links back to the point that most business organizations have a limited budget.
Search Engine Optimization
A shared proxy can be very useful to us in terms of search engine optimization too. The more visitors we have on our site, the more we earn. As such, search engine optimization can help us raise the number of visitors to our websites.
We could achieve this with the help of a shared proxy, as it will allow us to amend or hide our IP address. For example, we can secretly access our competitors’ websites without being noticed. This is great for organizations that have direct rivals and intense competition.
Another example is related to improving our website’s Google ranking. In order to raise it, we need to create backlinks. However, if we do that from the same IP address, we risk categorizing our business as spam. This may prevent links from being posted, which could harm our business.
Lastly, a shared proxy can help us with web data extraction, which is also known as web scraping. This is a process that entails collecting data from across the Internet.
Many companies own software for detecting a questionable number of requests from the same IP address. However, with shared proxies, we can spread a large number of requests evenly across different IPs located around the world. For all our requests, we can use various IP addresses. The target websites will not regard our actions are scraping. Therefore, we will not get caught if we use this method.
To Wrap Up
In conclusion, there are many differences between these two types of proxies. The main one is the number of users. Only one individual uses a private proxy, whereas many more people use a shared proxy at the same time.
Still, a shared proxy can be very useful to most business organizations. Such proxies are mostly applicable to the business environment, and their users can be located anywhere in the world.