Private Proxy vs. Shared Proxy. Which is Better?

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What are these proxy types? Is it worth it?

Private (also commonly known as dedicated proxies) offer more than any shared proxies could – better security, more privacy and the best of them all – high success rate at a bigger price. As you may know shared proxies usually turns out to be a cheaper option for websites in target but let’s have a look of what are the main differences that hopefully can help you out to pick the right choice for your success.

What makes “private proxy” so called private?

The name itself “private” means that you are the only owner of the IP address given to you. Main reasons of why various businesses and companies choose private proxies instead of shared ones are such as:

  • Less IP blocks;
  • Better security;
  • More privacy.

The key point of why is private proxy has an advantage over shared proxies is that shared proxies are using same addresses for similar activities (Ads, price comparisons, etc.) and thus this can create situation of multiple businesses running similar use cases with same proxies and by the time your company tries to collect data, the proxies can already be “flagged” or “blacklisted” by the websites in target.


Outcomes of blacklisted IP’s

When the website in target identifies, that IP does not belong to real user the data may be displayed to you inaccurately that could result in such scenarios of wrong real-time pricings displayed to users. There are couple of more commonly known methods the websites can use to divert all the effort of data collecting to such ways as:

  • Geolocation-based blocks: There are a lot of sites on the internet that may act differently based on the location country or even city where the IP address is in. This creates a situation that companies may need certain geolocation needs for multiple domain in different locations targeting.
  • Rate limitations: This happens when suspicious amount of data retrieval requests is sent to the website in target. The website may start showing the CAPTCHAs or other messages that may require “human verification”. The number of CAPTCHAs can be any number of requests. This is determined on individual domain-by-domain basis.

Do I need to choose shared proxy or private proxy?

As with every type of proxy – there are some advantages and disadvantages. Let’s look at the main pinpoints to help you out to get a better choice!

Shared proxies

Choose shared proxies’ option if you have lower budget and you are aiming for simpler websites in target. This is the cheaper option for a lot of companies as this proxy model is adapted for the sharing economy. These proxies:

  • Allows users to pay per bandwidth quantity rather than monthly commitments;
  • No connection thread limits (for residential rotating proxies);
  • Can be integrated to use with users’ favorable software
  • Easier to scale data collection operations.

Private proxies

Choose private proxies if your budget is higher and the websites in target are more complex to gain the data. The main advantages of private dedicated proxies:

  • Higher success rate for data collection;
  • Higher speeds as you do not need to worry about bandwidth limitations;
  • More privacy and helping you out not to get flagged by the website in target;
  • Unlimited browsing time as the session time is unlimited.

What proxy type is better for Facebook?

That is a very common question asked by lots of people every day both by users that just want more privacy and the business owners who work with ads or have specific target audiences. To say shortly – private proxies is the ultimate solution for this specific use case. Main points of why is that:

  • IP stability – Many businesses prefer using the private type of proxies so that they could maintain the same IP address for the time of certain Facebook account management period in order to ensure that Facebook is not going to restrict access to their accounts for “suspicious log ins” as it is well known that social media has evolved a lot but is very sensitive in terms of hacking or fraud commitment.
  • Privacy – Account management is always a crucial factor that requires more privacy and security. The usage of shared proxies is putting users accounts at risk for possible fraud, hacking and corporate espionage too.


In conclusion

Shared proxies are better solution for simpler use cases and also it could be cost-effective solution.

Private dedicated proxies is better solution for great solution for higher price that ensures better security, privacy and higher success rates for your use case. For private dedicated proxies check out our static residential proxies’ plan.


Augustas Frost

Support Manager

Augustas Frost is a valued contributor at Proxy-Cheap, specializing in proxy-related content. With a knack for simplifying complex topics, he's your go-to source for understanding the world of proxies.
Outside his work, Augustas explores the latest tech gadgets and embarking on hiking adventures.