Learn The Different Proxy Anonymity Levels & How They Transfer Your Identity.

A proxy is simply a shield between yourself and the web asset you are accessing. Most of you choose to have proxies to compartmentalize your accounts online and remain anonymous. When people think about anonymity, they picture a hacker wearing a hoodie.

The truth is proxies have their place in the corporate world. Here’s a couple of examples of why anonymity is important for ethical reasons.

Not all proxies are created equal. In this guide, we at ProxyEmpire will teach you the difference between the three major types of proxies available and how they perform.

Transparent Proxies (Level 3)

Transparent proxies are commonly used for authentication purposes and internal processes within a company. They are amazingly simple in that you do not need to configure the user nor have an authentication protocol. However, they completely leak your router’s IP address.

Caching websites like CloudFlare use transparent proxies for day-to-day operations.

Naturally, a transparent proxy lives up to its name by forwarding your information through the header. They are cheap and easy to use for controlling access to content. You can expect the following information to be sent to the platform.

HTTP_VIA (Proxy IP Address.)

HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR (Leaks Your IP Address.)

REMOTE_ADDR (Proxy IP Address.)

Anonymous Proxies (Level 2)

Anonymous proxies take anonymity up to the next level by tricking the web asset into believing you are from a chosen location. These types of proxies function a lot like a virtual private network, which can give you access to restricted areas.

The problem is that it doesn’t live up to its anonymous title. That is because it can easily be spotted as a proxy revealing that you are trying to remain anonymous in the first place.

When a platform identifies that you are using a proxy they will often restrict your access to their content and ban your IP address in severe circumstances. Anonymous proxies are not acceptable to use for financial processes because they will cause your transaction to be identified as fraudulent. You can expect the header request for anonymous proxies to be the following.

HTTP_VIA (Proxy IP Address.)


REMOTE_ADDR (Proxy IP Address.)

Elite Proxies (Level 1)

From the normal proxy stock, nothing compares to anonymity like elite proxies. That is because they strip header requests concealing your true IP address. Elite proxies are used for multiple purposes such as general scraping, filter requests, and true anonymity.

Security companies will also use elite proxies for safeguarding against attacks that are common in some industries. They can limit the ability of an enemy spoofing your network.

One of the greatest features of an elite proxy is that they do not send the  HTTP_VIA and HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR header request. This is the reason web properties do not know you are using a proxy or that your intentions are one of anonymity.

The only header request left would be the following.

REMOTE_ADDR (Proxy IP Address.)

Taking Anonymity To The Next Level

For the absolute best in anonymity, consider residential and mobile proxies. Unlike the last three we just covered; residential proxies come from real Internet service providers. Essentially, they are not proxies at all.

Backconnect proxies are procured through software contracts enabling proxy partners such as ProxyEmpire to gain legitimate access to household routers and mobile devices.

When a web platform checks your IP address, they will see a legitimate IP assigned from an Internet service provider or mobile phone carrier. This adds a layer of legitimacy to your anonymity that other proxies cannot provide.

You can also adjust your country, region, city, and select the Internet service provider you want from advanced filtering found in the intuitive dashboard provided by ProxyEmpire. with granular targeting and whitelisted anonymity, a company can expand the way they think data.

Header requests are not an issue with residential proxies. One can use a list of anti detect companies to divide their internet fingerprints. You can find a list of 5-minute integrations on our blog. We work with all major antidetection browsers.

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