When Do You Need a Rotating Proxy?
While theoretically, you can use any proxy for any purpose with a few exceptions, some proxies perform better than others at particular tasks.
Rotating proxies excel for tasks that require an added level of security and anonymity. Rotating proxies can also be advantageous to bypass certain restrictions, such as geofenced content or other access limitations.
Examples of specific uses for rotating proxies include:
- Downloading multiple files from a source simultaneously
- Streaming content from different regions
- SEO and keyword research
- Data scraping
The extra privacy allows you to avoid the typical bandwidth and resource restrictions that impede your workflow. For instance, when conducting data scraping, a server might block access after a fixed number of requests— sometimes for an excessive length of time. Rotating proxies are ideal for these cases because they minimize the server’s ability to track movements across their domains.
Because rotating proxies always use new IP addresses, you can avoid these access limitations since every request appears as a new client.
The only issue to be mindful of with a rotating proxy is services that require persistent logins. Because each session is unique, some sites may not function as expected if they need an account login. In such cases, a static residential proxy would be a better option.