Rise in Residential IP Providers

If you’re looking for an online, potential boom market then providing residential IP addresses could be the one you’re looking for.   A few years this simply didn’t exist and indeed most people (even IT professionals) probably couldn’t tell you what a residential IP address is and what you might need one for.

In the past it wasn’t actually that important, after all as long as you had an IP address then that’s all you needed.  Where it came from, what it was had no real importance as long as the address was valid and you could go online with it.  However this has pretty much changed, the IP address is taking on much more of a significance often in ways that are invisible to the end user.

Residential IP Providers

Consider that the vast majority of websites now will record your IP address in some way.  Everything from the huge international web presence to the two page geeky blog from your favorite online author.   Some will have installed complex systems to do this but more commonly it will be available through Google Webmaster or Analytic tools.   Potentially any web site can glean lots of information about you the very moment you visit the site.

This might be disconcerting to some, who probably still think that there’s a default level of privacy available online as long as you don’t start filling in forms or posting under your real name.  The reality is that there’s virtually none, unless you take some concerted effort there’s no privacy at all.  Your IP address is the key to your location, your identity and the link that allows webmasters to make all sorts of assumptions and decisions about you.

One of the most important factors that people are beginning to look at is the classification of the IP address.  For the home user who’s logging in from a connection to an internet service provider then that’s almost certainly going to be classified as a ‘home or residential’ user.   Believe it or not that’s a very powerful and important indicator for many websites – it marks you as being a potential customer.

Look at this video about using private proxies for Instagram, and you’ll get an idea of why many people value these IP addresses so much.

A residential IP address is a normal user who is probably accessing their website from home. As opposed to a user from a commercial address who could be at work or worse using a VPN or proxy to hide their true identity. What’s more this ‘residential address’ can also be located much more easily to a specific location. Imagine how important it is to an e-commerce website that they can determine that a visitor is a normal home user from the US or Europe. Indeed many e-commerce websites are only really interested in specific users, i.e. those who are potential customer as opposed to informational websites which have a much broader brief.

Why the Need for Residential IP Providers

There is obviously a temptation for the webmasters to focus on the people that who will potentially buy from them. After all a local store in downtown Chicago is going to prize residential addresses located in the Chicago area. Whereas visitors from commercial addresses or those located on the other side of the world are much less likely to become paying customers. There are many options the web site can take even with this fairly basic pieces of information – route them through to special areas, make special offers and so on. Indeed many web sites will use it to filter out potentially ‘bad traffic’ – e.g fraudulent transactions are much likely to come from a remote IP address or one diverted from a commercial data center through a proxy.

It’s following this logic that some companies have used this to help block entire sections of IP addresses based on location and classification. It’s most common in the entertainment industry where movies and shows are often licensed on a ‘per country’ basis. For example you can’t watch the BBC online unless you have a British IP address and you can’t access Hulu without an American IP address and so on. The country based restrictions are extremely common and are usually referred to as geo-targeting. People are generally able to bypass these restrictions and blocks fairly easily by using VPNs and proxies with servers based in the required countries.

Netflix however has introduced a very restrictive filter which blocks many of these servers. It’s not enough to have an IP address based in a specific country, you also have to have am address which is classified as ‘residential’ too. A normal VPN or proxy won’t work anymore as these have addresses usually allocated from commercial datacentres. There’s an interesting article about the concept here – Why You Need a VPN with Residential IP for Netflix, which explains what the media giant has done. For many VPN companies this meant the end of selling to potential Netflix users simply because the required addresses are so difficult to obtain.

You can still  get access to Netflix and indeed there are some companies who offer residential IPs with proxy servers and even a residential VPN.   However there’s not many of them and you should check carefully especially if you need to access a service like Netflix which only works with them.   Other companies also restrict access based on the classification – for example many social media sites like Instagram and Facebook check the origin of IP addresses.   As such many internet marketers or online businesses invest in static residential proxies in order to operate multiple accounts for marketing purposes.

You can buy residential proxies yet remember they can be expensive simply because the IP addresses are very difficult to obtain.   Where you buy them from very much depends on what purpose they are needed for.   If you’re looking to access social media or e-commerce sites then you should look for specific location – i.e to buy multiple items from the Adidas web store the best residential proxies would be those based in the US.  You’d also need many more addresses if you’re operating multiple accounts or making lots of purchases,

For accessing resources like Netflix all you need is an address based in the US, there are a couple of VPN solutions which have a selection of residential US proxies.  These can  be used to access the US version of Netflix – here’s the best options and you can test it for 14 day for free.

Smart DNS Proxy

If you’re looking for cheap residential proxies for building Instagram accounts or building a Sneaker business then you’ll need a lot more.  The following is one of the few residential IP providers who actually own the servers that their addresses sit on.

Storm Proxies

Why People Change Their IP Addresses

If you want to access the internet then you’ll need an IP address, otherwise you won’t be able to connect to anything.  That funny little network address is essential in order for you to do anything online simply because no computer would ever be able to find you.

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For most us that address is assigned directly from our ISP when we connect up to the internet.  Each device is allocated an address from a range and it will use it to communicate online.  For many of us that address will not change for weeks on end and forms the basis of  our digital profile while we use the internet.

So why would we want to change this address? Why isn’t the IP address we’re assigned good enough?  Well the simple fact is that although you have little say in how your IP address is assigned, it does actually affect what you can do online quite significantly.   Your address is also used to determine your location which can also have an impact on your online experience.

Take a look at this brief video entitled Online IP changer and you can see some of the situations where it’s actually useful to have the ability to change your own IP address,

As you can see from the demonstration, your address is actually used to block and filter what you access online. SO for example many of the world’s best media site only allow access to their domestic markets. So to watch Hulu or HBO you have to be physically based in the US for example. Even if you are from the US and travel abroad, suddenly you’ll lose access to resources that you were previously able to access without issue. This is because you cannot take your IP address with you when you travel, well at least under normal circumstances.
As soon as you travel to France for instance, you’ll be consider a French person as you’ll have an IP address registered there. Which means you will get blocked if you access a US only website.

This is why proxies and VPNs are so important now as they give people some control over their digital identities. Anyone can use an intermediate server based in a different country in order to hide their location. So a US traveller could connect through a US proxy and enjoy the same access to US media sites that he had previously.

Proxies and IP Cloaking

Many people think  that all IP addresses are pretty much the same.  Of course, the numbers change but fundamentally one address is very much like another.  To some extent if we roll back the clock a couple of decades that would be true but in the new era of the internet – your IP address says quite a bit about you.

IT’s difficult to imaging that those random looking numbers in the format 192.168.1.1 have any real significance, but i’s actually become more important.  For example if you have the IP address – 23.248.183.211 I could easily determine a few facts including your location and who you use as an internet provider.

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The specified address for example comes from a range assigned to Nigeria, so anyone using it is based in Nigeria or relaying through a server based there.  As it’s unlikely anyone would get any real advantage from using a Nigerian IP address then it’s probably that’s their real location.  Although some people do use Nigerian proxies for various semi-legal or criminal activities simply because law enforcement standards are fairly low there.

Websites will use this information for all sorts of reasons, although commonly marketing is the main driver.  Although IP addresses are also used extensively to restrict access.  For example if you try and post an advert on a US Craigslist site with a Nigerian IP address then you’ll simply get blocked.

Our IP addresses control what we can access and to some extent our online experience.  A digital entrepreneur from somewhere like India or Nigeria will have a much harder time than one from Chicago for example.  Access to marketing sites, advertising and payment processors will be much more difficult.  Nigeria’s reputation for online scams and fraud unfortunately makes life much more difficult for all their honest entrepreneurs too.

Which is why many such people use proxies in order to hide their true IP address and take advantage of a new one.  Our digital marketer in Nigeria may for example want to buy lots of trendy US merchandise to import and resell online, he won’t have much luck with a Nigerian address.  However by renting a proxy he can operate online with a UK or European address quite easily.  He may get to a more advanced level and use rotating residential proxies to buy stock from restricted releases like concert tickets or sneakers.

This in just one example but it illustrates the growing market in private proxies and VPNs designed to allow people to operate without these restrictions online.  Business people aren’t the only ones which use these services to hide their location.  There’s an even bigger market for ordinary people who just want to access movies, films and videos which are also blocked based on your location.  This post illustrates how a special method using name resolution and proxies can be used to access the BBC online – check it out it’s called BBC iPlayer DNS.  The method involves routing selected packets through a UK proxy based on specific DNS requests.  So the DNS server would wait until it sees a request for a geo-restricted site like the BBC only then route through a UK server so it worked properly.

 

DNS Considerations When Migrating Hosts

When migrating web host to a different hosting service’s server or modifying the server’s IP address, the most important factor to consider to guarantee to maintain schedule of the sites hosted on the server, decrease the downtime of the website, prevent strange difficulties such as emails get delivered to either server randomly, or browsing at old server, is how fast DNS (Domain Name System) will be able to check out or fix hostname or domain into your brand-new IP address, instead of the old IP address. Unfortunately, webmasters have actually limited ability to control or bypass the DNS propagation process. Nevertheless, there are still a few ideas, techniques and workarounds that guarantee DNS cache will refresh the new IP addresses as soon as possible.

DNS acts in such as aside that when an ask for IP address received by DNS resolver, it will then query the root hosts to discover the authorized server with comprehensive understanding of the specific domain name. If a legitimate IP address for the domain is returned by the reliable server, the DNS resolver will cache the DNS proliferation for a provided time period called TTL (Time To Live) after an effective reply, in what called DNS caching in order to decrease the load on specific DNS server. DNS caching provides resolution of domain to IP to happen locally using the cached info rather than querying the remote server for subsequent requests, till the TTL period expires.

The Time-To-Live (TTL) timer is the trick to ensure that the DNS cache ends immediately and all of the time remains fresh. TTL is specified by domain administrator in the authoritative DNS server for the zone wherever information stems, and its worths inform DNS caching resolvers to end and get rid of the DNS records after TTL seconds. Lowering the TTL value will make it possible for quick expiration and revitalizing of DNS records, making the new records to propagate faster across the world. Still, the technique demands the name resolvers comply the RFC standards, which most do. Alongside, you must have complete control to alter the name server reliable for your domains.

The tweaking of TTL in DNS records need to be done a number of days prior to it will alter (date of server moving or IP change) to guarantee that all DNS caching resolvers picks up the fresh TTL value and expires the old longer worth. The trick will cut down the TTL in anticipation of the alteration to reduce disparity during the modification, inning accordance with RCF 1034.

TTL is defined by Minimum field in SOA (Start of Authority) type as default TTL, or individually at each record as TTL. RCF 1912 explains the Minimum field in details as listed below:

Minimum: The default TTL (time-to-live) for resource records (RR)– for how long information will remain in other nameservers’ cache. ([ RFC 1035] specifies this to be the minimum value, but servers seem to always execute this as the default worth) This is by far the most essential timer. Set this as large as is comfortable provided how typically you update your nameserver. Remember if you’re routing your connection through any other intermediary then name resolution can be effected.  For example if you’re using something like a VPN or ATC proxy then the DNS servers may change from the client configuration.

If you plan to make major modifications, it’s a smart idea to turn this value down temporarily ahead of time. Then wait the previous minimum worth, make your modifications, confirm their correctness, and turn this worth back up. 1-5 days are typical values. Remember this value can be bypassed on individual resource records.  Which is the way some Smart DNS solutions create specific records to bypass region blocks, you can see an example in this post about accessing US Netflix.

If you are utilizing a web-based or GUI to manage your domain’s DNS records, and after that visit to the system, and edit the SOA records. Inside you’ll see a field called Minimum, change the value to as low as possible (in seconds), such as 300 for timeout every 5 minutes. Then alter the TTL for all the A, MX, CNAME, TXT, SOA, PTR and other records, if appropriate.

If you are using cPanel WebHost Manager (WHM), log-in and choose Edit DNS Zone under DNS Functions section. Pick the suitable zone (domain). You’ll be given with a list of records. Modify the minimum ttl in SOA, and TTL column of A, MX, CNAME and other records specified.

For those by hand set up the authoritative nameserver for a domain zone using BIND, modification has to be done in the zone file. For example, so domain zone example.com, you will see the following resource records in the zone file.