May 5th, 2020
Public Proxy Servers vs. Private Proxy Servers for Web Scraping

There are a bunch of websites that claim to list hundreds of free public proxy servers. Here is one such website.

And you will find some more if you just Google "free public proxies."

Having gone down that road earlier in our careers, we found that if you want to use it in a web scraping project reliably, you will need to be able to be confident of your proxies in the following areas.

  • Availability: Public proxy servers keep shutting down quite often, so you need to develop algorithms to weed them off and update them almost every few minutes.
  • Reliability: Public proxy servers are used by thousands of developers and so slow down almost minutes after they are detected and become unresponsive
  • Speed: Public proxy servers are just individuals browsing, and you mostly don't have any control over their connection plans
  • Security: It's difficult to certain about whether the individual whose device is used as a proxy has given consent to use their bandwidth for free. In fact, in many cases, its hackers who have taken control of their connections and they might as quickly be logging all the information you send.

Private proxy servers, when rotated well, are reliable, with high-speed returns and much more available.

It's difficult to imagine writing serious web scraping without a private, rotating proxy service.

We developed one to help resolve all the headaches we faced with public proxies.

Our rotating proxy server service Proxies API provides a simple API that can solve all IP Blocking problems instantly.

  • With millions of high speed rotating proxies located all over the world
  • With our automatic IP rotation
  • With our automatic User-Agent-String rotation (which simulates requests from different, valid web browsers and web browser versions)
  • With our automatic CAPTCHA solving technology

Hundreds of our customers have successfully solved the headache of IP blocks with a simple API.

A simple API can access the whole thing like below in any programming language.

curl ""

We have a running offer of 1000 API calls completely free. Register and get your free API Key here.

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