Proxy or Proxy Servers
A proxy server acts as a gateway between you and the internet. It’s an intermediary server separating end users from the websites they browse. Proxy servers provide varying levels of functionality, security, and privacy depending on your use case, needs, or company policy.
If you’re using a proxy server, internet traffic flows through the proxy server on its way to the address you requested. The request then comes back through that same proxy server (there are exceptions to this rule), and then the proxy server forwards the data received from the website to you.
Why are proxies important:
Proxies are important because without them, you’d be limited on how many attempts you can make while checking passwords. This isn’t the case for ALL sites but for sites with a check limit, you will need to get some proxies if you expect to check a significant amount of lines.
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Different types of proxies:
There are three different main types of proxies that you’ll need to understand the difference between and those are HTTP, SOCKS and SOCKS5. I will give a quick explanation about the differences
1. HTTP Proxies
HTTP Proxy routes HTTP requests from a Web browser to the Internet, while supporting the caching of Internet data and these proxies can be split into 3 categories: Transparent, Anonymous, Elite. I’ll quickly give you a basic understanding of each.
Transparent HTTP Proxies: As the name suggests, these proxies will show pretty much everything that you don’t want shown while cracking, such as your real IP address and other personal information. While these proxies WILL work, it’s suggested to avoid them for obvious reasons. You may feel more comfortable using transparent proxies if your machine is already connected to a VPN but otherwise, just avoid using them when possible.
Anonymous HTTP Proxies: While these proxies will keep your local information anonymous like the name suggests, the website you are checking will be informed that you are using a proxy so sometimes these won’t work on sites with higher levels of security.
Elite HTTP Proxies: These proxies are what you are going to want to focus on the most since they not only protect your local identity, but they also tell the site you are checking that it’s a real IP that is visiting instead of pointing out that you are behind a proxy. While these are the best option to use for cracking, they are also the hardest to find for free.
2. SOCKS Proxies
A SOCKS proxy is a general-purpose proxy, that establishes a TCP connection to another server on behalf of your machine and then routes all the traffic back and forth between your machine and the server. There are two types of SOCKS proxies and those are SOCKS4 and SOCKS5 which I will now cover in short detail like I did for HTTP.
SOCKS4 or SOCKS Level 4: This level of socks only supports TCP application and while these proxies work OK for most sites, it’s just best practice to hunt down SOCKS5 lists to use, over SOCKS4 due to their extended range of uses.
SOCKS5 or SOCKS Level 5: SOCKS5 proxies will support all the grounds socks4 supports but because of the fact that SOCKS5 also supports other authentication methods and domain name resolution, these are the proxies that you are going to want the most of when you can get them.
Difference between Paid / Public Proxies
The main difference between paid and free proxies is that with paid proxies you are getting higher-quality proxies that aren’t being used by everyone else. By having higher quality proxies, you’ll typically have much faster checks per minute (CPM). If you decide to go with free proxies, there is a chance that you’ll end up using proxies that have already been banned by a site and you’ll either end up with a bunch of retries, or false misses on accounts that would have been valid if you used a better proxy list.
Rotating Vs Non-Rotating
Once you get into paid proxies, you’ll come across a time when you debate on whether you want to buy rotating proxies, or just regular proxies. As the name suggest, rotating proxies will rotate to different IPs at a set interval or on every request. These are GREAT for sites that have harsh check limits or that ban IPs that have made too many checks. Something to consider when buying rotating proxies is if the tool you are using or not actually supports rotating proxies or not. This is something that you should ask the developer of the tool about if it’s not publicly listed in any support documents offered.