Detect Residential Proxy IP Addresses using IP2Location

Before we understand the concept of a residential proxy is and what its functions, it is essential for you to understand what a proxy server actually is. For instance, suppose you are at home and browsing stuff online. When you open any webpage, your computer is establishing a connection between the webpage and the web server hosting that page.

This is referred to as direct connection. When you establish this type of a connecting, your web server notes down the IP address of all those who visit this website as well as additional information about the browsers they use. A proxy server on the other hand acts as a middleman that helps a privacy-conscious person in hiding information about themselves.

In other words, it’s not your computer that connects to the web server but instead it gets connected to the proxy server. The proxy server connects to the web server and then forwards any response to the machine of the user.

Defining a residential proxy server 

A residential proxy server is not that different from a normal proxy server in terms of its functions. It takes requests from you and then forwards it to a destination machine which then reverts back to the user with a response. The only thing that separates these two servers is their respective IP address.

The residential proxy has an IP address that is provided by a regular Internet Service Provider (ISP). You are probably wondering why does it matter whether it’s a data centre or an ISP as far as the source of the IP address is concerned. Streaming services offering music and video perform something called a geolocation on the IP address of the visitors.

In other words, they end up knowing your location. This gives them the freedom to restrain some of their services and products in certain areas if they wish to. This is also known as geo-blocking. Sometimes they can also change the pricing structure given your country of origin.

Therefore, when you have an ISP provided IP address, streaming services won’t be able to differentiate between a legitimate user and one using a proxy server. In case it’s a residential proxy server, it can be a normal user as well as a proxy server.

Detecting a residential proxy server

Since the IP address used by a residential proxy server can be assigned to a home user, it is not very easy to detect it. Fortunately, IP2Proxy now provides a PX11 package that comes with a RES proxy type. Those operating online businesses or for that matter owning streaming services have to use the PX11 data to check the IP address. In case the proxy type happens to be RES, the IP will be a residential proxy server.

While proxy servers have legitimate purposes, many people have the tendency to abuse them so they can access products or services. Some people also use such proxies for committing credit card fraud. Therefore, it is important that such residential proxy servers can be detected and which makes it valuable for online businesses.

Many online businesses use IP2Proxy database to identify residential proxy IP addresses and monitor their activities closely. If they find them a threat then they can block their access or apply authorization protocols.

This database consists of IP addresses that are used in the form of VPN servers, web proxies, open proxies, Tor exits, data centre ranges, search engine robots, and residential proxies to name a few. Anonymous proxy servers act as intermediate servers that help in concealing the real IP address of requestors.

Based on studies, it has been discovered that plenty of them are anonymous proxy users who are mostly responsible for cybercrimes such as credit card fraud and blog spamming. This database is based on detecting algorithm that parallels with the evaluation of open and anonymous proxy servers that are being used actively.

Following that, it updates a list of anonymous proxy IP address every 24 hours in the download area. Web developers have the option of automating the process of downloading and then importing anonymous IP address lists into the server with the help of the download script. If you happen to like a hosted service, you have the option of subscribing to IP2Proxy™ Web Service or IP2Proxy™ Batch Service.

This database provides a yearly subscription. You can download for free all the daily updates while the subscription is still active. Based on the test and verification of a third-party vendor, the VPN detection is totally accuracy. Let’s a take a look at some of the features of this database.

  • It has a binary database format.
  • The text file is in ASCII.
  • The IPv4 Database has a size of 761.12 MB or 4,570,020 Rows.
  • The IPv6 Database has a size of 861.43 MB or 4,820,783 Rows.
  • Support BIN and CSV format
  • Support IPv4 and IPv6
  • The combined binary size of IPv4 and IPv6 is 379.90 MB.
  • The downloading process can be automated using the download script.
  • The database is available in the text CSV format.
  • You get a one-year subscription.
  • Supports all server platforms and programming languages

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