Why Do You Need Proxies for Bots?

It’s been a long time since using bots became an irreplaceable part of bigger online business projects. Your competitors have an advantage over you if you don’t use bots. But even if you do, they might still be ahead of you. How come?

Whether you are building your brand online by using multiple accounts or you are trying to evade certain restrictions applied to particular accounts, or even if you are making simple processes automated to maintain the fast pace while expanding the scope of your online activity, your bots are constantly at risk to get blocked.

Luckily, there’s a solution embraced by more and more businesses.


Proxies make your bots foxy

Proxies make your bots foxy

Although using bots is not a crime, many sites are trying to reduce their usage to the minimum. When they succeed in identifying your bot, they snatch away your advantage by blocking it. Or even worse – you end up blocked too.

It’s not a secret that your bots are linked to your IP address. When you are exposed, it’s just a matter of time before you or at least your bots are getting blocked.

But if you are not using your real IP address, it’s way more difficult to link your bots to you. Without exposing yourself as the user of different bots, they might not get identified as bots at all. Not to mention, if they do, you are not exposed and, therefore, don’t get blocked, following the blockage of your bots.

That’s why proxies for bots are here to help you. All proxies are mostly used to hide your IP address and make you anonymous.

Using them for bots is worthwhile, for they make your bots masked.


How do proxies exactly help?

Proxies are intermediary servers that readdress your request for you in such a way that the target server you are addressing doesn’t identify you. In short, proxies are dealing with your target server for you.

When you combine using bots and proxies together, your bots are being represented the same way by the proxy as you are.

Specifically, when your bots make too many requests on your behalf, they raise suspicions. Usually, they get identified and consequentially blocked for the following reasons:

  • The amount of requests allowed by the site is exceeded;
  • Similar activities from different bots are identified and linked together;
  • Too high or too low session durations on particular websites.

If you are web scraping or investigating your competitors, or you are trying to do something that doesn’t accord with Terms of Service in a particular site, bots will inevitably be spotted doing one of the aforementioned things.

To detect it, the sites use reCAPTCHA requests to confirm you are not a robot, or they use Web Application Firewalls (WAF) or even more advanced bot detection systems to identify IP reputation and other activities that come from it and seem “bad” or are distinguishable from the “good” ones.

By using proxies, your bots operate with different IP addresses for each other. Even the same bot can send different requests with different IP addresses in different ranges of time.

So, by hiding your IP address, proxies make you invisible to those who try to identify your bots, and, consequentially, your bots are more difficult to detect as your bots or as bots altogether.

So, the aforementioned problems are being solved by proxies:

  • bots don’t exceed the number of requests allowed by the site, because requests are sent from different IP addresses;
  • similar activities from different bots are not identified because the reiterated actions come from different IP addresses and don’t form a pattern that can be identified through different bots and linked as similar or identical;
  • different sessions on the sites come from different IP addresses, therefore, the duration of each session is not linked to the same bot.

A good example of how it works in practice is how people and businesses are using the combination of bots and proxies for buying multiple sneakers beyond limits set by the original sellers.


Proxies enhance the bots’ usage for sneaker copping

Proxies enhance the bots’ usage for sneaker copping

Many stores have a policy that only one pair of sneakers can be bought per customer. To buy more than one, you either need someone else’s access to the store, or you have to look like someone else.

It’s difficult to find many people that are willing to let you use their devices to buy more sneakers. It would be as if they would buy it and then give it back to you. This way of copping sneakers is neither effective nor sustainable.

There is no legal prohibition of using a bot for buying sneakers. Even if it’s used against the store’s Terms of Service. Bet the solution becomes shorter-term when used without proxies because they are identified and blocked.

Or a pair of sneakers that everyone is craving to buy as fast as they can slip out of your hands when you have to deal with a reCAPTCHA checkup for constantly sending requests to the site of the store. If others avoid this restriction, they leave you behind.

On the other hand, when the usage of bots and proxies are combined, different IP addresses of your bots let them function as different users without raising suspicions. Therefore, ReCAPTCHA checkups are reduced to the minimum, and your bots that are operating through different accounts are linked neither among themselves nor back to you.

That helps avoid getting blocked or restricted in other ways, and your purchase deals can be done beyond current limits on your success.


Conclusion

Using proxies enhances both the efficiency of your bots and their safety. If using bots is inevitable in the majority of big online projects, soon the same will be with using proxies. They help make you anonymous and hide your IP address as well as your bots’.

This way, by sending different requests from different IPs, they are operating as if they were not bots. So, if you don’t want to be blocked or restricted for using bots, using proxies is your solution.

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