Thursday, June 17, 2021

5 Reasons Why Gadgets are not Working with Proxy Servers

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While there are various ways of securing your online data, having a proxy server should be top on the list. A proxy is a safe gateway that ensures your IP address is masked from the public. By having your identity hidden from the public you reduce the chances of cyberattacks.

Masking your IP address also reduces the risks of IP blocks. Take for instance when web scraping on specific pages, it’s likely that numerous requests will result in your IP addresses getting banned. 

To avoid such inconveniences, it’s recommended to operate behind a different identity. A proxy server serves as the middle ground between you and the sites you visit, thus enhancing your privacy and security.

Here’s How a Proxy Server Works

Let’s say your IP address is 4.4.4.4 and you are sending a request to a website with IP 3.3.3.3. What the proxy server does is mask your IP address with its own address. If let’s say, the proxy has the IP address 8.8.8.8, this is what appears on the receiving website.

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While proxies are meant to operate well on the internet, they are completely dependent on the devices they operate in. So, if there are issues with the holding device, the proxy server may not work.

It’s for this reason we share these five reasons why gadgets may fail to work with proxy servers and how to fix them.

So, let’s dive in.

1. Using the Wrong Proxy on Your Gadget

There are proxies that can work for all your requests, but there are also some built for specific purposes. For example, a good proxy for web scraping is the rotating proxy. Rotating proxies are recommended since they change IP addresses frequently and your identity is more private.

Additionally, using a dedicated proxy serves a better purpose since you have IP addresses assigned specifically to you. But consider instances where you choose a data center proxy for web scraping? Well, the proxy may still work but the likelihood of your IP address getting flagged and blocked are high.

If you had previously accessed a website with the proxy but suddenly couldn’t, it means your IP has been banned. The issue may not be your gadget but your choice of a proxy. Try using a different device, or accessing the website with another proxy and this should work.

2. Compatibility Issues Between Gadgets

There are different types of proxies and all work uniquely on every device. Let’s take for instance a gadget operating with an HTTP proxy and another on an HTTPS proxy. The proxies have completely different characters, and a request sent from either will behave differently.

Most of the HTTP requests can only be accessed through an HTTP connection. This means that if both devices operate on HTTP communications, the connection can be made. However, most HTTPS connections cannot be made through HTTP. 

The reason is that the HTTPS server cannot cache anything and doesn’t have control over the requests received by the client. Another reason is if the client configured their proxy to only accept HTTP requests.

The same incompatibility issues can also be seen in mobile proxies. It is common to operate a mobile proxy mostly on a mobile device. This is because accessing mobile data is more convenient on phones than on a computer. Additionally, the constant shift and sharing of IP addresses through mobile proxies works well on mobile devices.

So, by sending requests through unsupported proxies, you may discover your gadget not transmitting the request. That’s why it’s recommended to understand the features of a proxy before registering for one. 

3. Network Downtimes

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Whether planned or unplanned, network downtime can result in gadgets not working with proxy servers. Every operation between your device and the proxy is dependent on network coverage. If you are far from the connection zone or simply experience outages, the systems may not work.

To avoid such instances, make sure to work with a reliable internet service provider (ISP). With a reliable ISP, there will be communication on planned outages. A professional service provider will also have experts working around the clock to resolve unplanned downsides. Even better is how the support team can give advice on workarounds to resolve device problems.

4. Location Settings on Device 

At times, the issue may not be with the physical aspects of your device. It’s likely that your location may be what’s causing the problem. There are times when certain websites may introduce new geographical restrictions on certain areas. 

If you had previously accessed the site but suddenly can’t, you may be in the new block list. Also, if your provider had not communicated the extent of access, visiting some websites becomes impossible.  

To fix current and future issues about location, speak to your provider. Before subscribing to a proxy, understand the locations you can access. That’s why it’s recommended to have a reliable provider from the beginning. 

A reliable provider will communicate and resolve pressing geographical issues in the shortest time. Also, if your activities involve lots of traveling, it’s important to research supportive proxies before registration.

5. Number of Devices on Proxy Server

A proxy provider sets limits to how many IP addresses can access the servers at a time. If your organization had filed for a certain number of devices, any extra devices cannot access the proxy servers. So, before troubleshooting for network, compatibility, and geographical restrictions, consider the number of users.  

First, you can contact your IT team to confirm how many gadgets have access. You can also run the numbers with your provider to determine the scope of access. If you must subscribe to additional IP addresses, please do so. 

Having a large pool of IPs will reduce inconveniences and also improve network speeds. The internet speeds will improve due to reduced bandwidths and fewer gadgets accessing specific servers.

Final Thoughts

There are many reasons why gadgets may not work with proxy servers. The above list serves as a reference for issues with your device that need to be considered. Remember that having a proxy server helps in protecting your devices and also opens opportunities for global reach. For individuals and businesses, getting all your gadgets working with proxy servers ensures privacy and removes restrictions.

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