Cure53 Discovers Mozilla VPN Security Risks

Mozilla has just published the results of a recent third-party security audit of its VPN products.

The report suggests that there are some security risks and offers fixes to ensure better user privacy and security.

Mozilla VPN security risks found

As a part of its commitment to continuously improve its services, Mozilla has made the results of a recent third-party audit public.

Cure53, a German cybersecurity company, examined Mozilla’s VPN products earlier this year.

It discovered some risks which include Denial of Service (DoS), keychain access leaks, and lack of access controls.

The scope of the audit included:

  • Mozilla VPN app for Windows
  • Mozilla VPN app for macOS
  • Mozilla VPN app for Linux
  • Mozilla VPN app for Android
  • Mozilla VPN app for iOS

The overall result of the audit was that Mozilla VPN does a lot of things right when it comes to both security and privacy, but that there are some issues that need to be addressed.

Cure53 went on to label the risks as medium, high, and critical and offered steps for dealing with them. The security vendor recommended allocating more resources toward ensuring privacy.

Later in this post, we’ll examine each risk the auditor found.

Conducting research through a third party is one of the best practices to ensure the VPN app is trustworthy and reliable.

Earlier this year, NordVPN passed an audit also conducted by Cure53

One of the biggest professional services networks, Deloitte, verified Surfshark’s no-logs statement in 2023 as well.

Critical and high risks

First, we’ll take a look at the risks the auditor labeled as high and critical.

Using the Frida framework together with the Objection toolkit, Cure53 discovered that on iOS, Mozilla VPN’s WireGuard configuration allows device backups to be stored within the iCloud.

While iCloud backups are encrypted, they’re not end-to-end encrypted by default. Unless the user changes this in advanced options, Apple will be able to read the WireGuard private key.

Another big risk is tied to malicious add-ons

Cure53 discovered that the Native Messaging API is used to communicate with the mozillavpnp app. The problem is that the app doesn’t restrict the application caller sufficiently enough, allowing anyone to communicate with the VPN and disable it through a malicious add-on.

To fix this issue, Cure53 suggests including a caller origin validation in the native app.

Medium risks

The first problem Cure53 encountered was the ability to lock a user’s account by repeatedly entering incorrect passwords. If an attacker forces the account into a permanently locked state this way, the affected user will also no longer be able to access it.

Testing also showed that third-party Android apps can crash the Mozilla VPN app at any point. However, due to the WireGuard tunnel being managed by the Android OS, the app crashing doesn’t cause the tunnel to fail. Thus, Cure53 labeled this as a medium threat.

Another issue is that the daemon socket on macOS doesn’t have sufficient access control enforcement. This allows other users on the same device to access and clear daemon logs, leak the public keys of the connecting client, and terminate the VPN connection.

A similar problem exists due to the VPN client exposing a local TCP interface running on port 8754. Another user on the same localhost can send requests to the port and terminate the VPN connection. 

In addition, Mozilla VPN’s captive portal notification feature sends unencrypted HTTP requests outside of the active tunnel. This creates the risk of deanonymization, which opposes the entire purpose of using a VPN.


While Mozilla’s VPN demonstrates strengths in security and privacy, the Cure53 audit has identified critical areas for improvement.

Addressing these issues will be crucial for Mozilla to ensure the highest level of privacy and security for its VPN users.

Twitch to Shut Down in South Korea Due to High Network Costs

Twitch is set to shut down its operations in South Korea in February 2024.

The popular streaming platform cited high network usage fees as the main reason.

Twitch is shutting down in South Korea

X (formerly Twitter) isn’t the only major platform that had to make unpopular decisions this year over high network costs.

One of the most popular streaming platforms, Twitch, also decided to cut its costs by ceasing its operations in South Korea. The Amazon-owned company announced this in its latest blog post.

The platform will officially leave the country on February 27, 2024.

During the past few years, Twitch did its best to diversify its content, but the platform is still primarily gaming-oriented. With South Korea being one of the largest gaming nations in the world, this move carries some extra weight.

The platform said it will help streamers from the country migrate to other platforms by encouraging them to share links to their new channels.

According to the estimates, Twitch draws about 35 million daily visitors worldwide, 300,000 of which come from South Korea.

Korean legislation and high fees

One of the biggest reasons for the move is South Korea’s newly passed legislation that forces major content providers to pay additionally to use networks in the country. According to some estimates, network fees in Korea were ten times higher than in most other countries.

The decision to leave the country is the result of several years of careful consideration by Twitch’s financial team. For a long time, the company has been operating at a significant loss in South Korea.

With more and more competitors in the field (like Kick and Rumble), Twitch seems to be fighting an uphill battle as of late.

Even after capping video quality at 720p, the expenses were still too high for the company to manage. According to some, this has caused an adverse effect, with many viewers switching to alternative platforms such as YouTube and AfreecaTV.

Twitch isn’t the only global service affected by the country’s new network fee legislation. Netflix dealt with the same problem and was caught up in a years-long battle with Korea’s SK Broadband over usage fees. They finally found common ground in September this year.

The GTA 6 Trailer Gets Over 90 Million Views in 24 Hours

After 24 hours on YouTube, the trailer for the highly-anticipated new Grand Theft Auto title achieved over 90 million views.

This means the video has surpassed the record previously set by YouTuber MrBeast.

GTA 6 trailer breaking world records

Rockstar released the GTA 6 trailer ahead of schedule due to a leak on X. The publisher acted quickly, removing the leaked footage and uploading the video to its YouTube channel.

In just 24 hours, the trailer exploded and surpassed 90 million views. This made it the most viewed non-music video during its first day on the platform.

The record was previously held by MrBeast’s video titled Every Country On Earth Fights For $250,000! The popular philanthropist and YouTube sensation achieved 59.4 million in the first 24 hours.

The GTA 6 trailer also came close to beating the record for most views in the first 24 hours set by the music video for Butter by South Korean band BTS which had about 108 million views.

At the time of writing, the trailer has over 100 million views. So, it has already reached the view count of the GTA 5 trailer which has been on YouTube for 12 years.

Obviously, the trailer is also No. 1 on Trending for gaming on the platform.

This all shows just how much hype surrounds the new Grand Theft Auto title, set to arrive in 2025. Fans have been rewatching and dissecting the trailer, looking for any piece of information they can find.

The current installment, GTA 5, is the world’s second most popular game of all time (behind Minecraft), with over 190 million copies sold.

Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive expects GTA 6 to make $8 billion in revenue for fiscal year 2025.

What’s new in GTA 6?

The trailer for GTA 6 didn’t disappoint. It showed a new level of rendering quality and the first female lead character in the franchise.

It also looks like the game will be a part love story, as Lucia and the other unnamed male lead character (reportedly Jason) appear to have a relationship that’s reminiscent of Bonnie and Clyde.

Throughout the video, fans can see scenes of criminal activities we’ve got used to in the franchise such as armed robberies and police chases.

They’ve also been promised a world that’s bigger and more detailed than ever before. The trailer shows players will be returning to Vice City in the fictional state of Leonida.

However, unlike GTA: Vice City, the new game will be set in modern day. It will also feature a lot of social media and satire on American society.

Another thing many fans have pointed out is updated NPC behavior. A scene in the trailer shows beachgoers applying sunscreen, taking photos, and jogging with their dogs.

Additionally, players will get to experience more wildlife, with alligators, flamingos, ducks, and other animals shown in the video.

What platforms will GTA 6 be on?

In a separate press release, Rockstar announced that GTA 6 will arrive on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. Therefore, it looks like this will be a similar situation to the Red Dead Redemption 2 release, with the PC version coming out later.

However, with the game being over a year away, the publisher may decide that a simultaneous PC release is a good idea. Or at least the gap between console and PC releases won’t be as wide as it often is.

15 Surprising Data Brokering Statistics to Know in 2023

In whichever way you use the web, these data brokering statistics will make you think twice about what you lay on the line about yourself.

Whenever we’re online, we unknowingly share our personal information with others. In some cases, this is harmless.

However, much of the time, we’re allowing organizations to collect mass amounts of information to sell or share with others. This is known as data brokering.

The brokers round up our data and profit from its distribution. Many companies are then using it to create personal profiles of us.

Targeted ads are also a result of this. Even some employers, when considering job candidates, even turn to data brokers to purchase criminal history reports

But, how big of an impact does data brokering really have on us?

Let’s find out by exploring some surprising statistics.

Eye-Opening Data Brokering Statistics 

Check out these statistics which highlight the true extent of data collection and brokering in 2023:

  • The data for 18 to 25-year-olds costs an average of $0.36 
  • One of the largest US data brokers, Acxiom, has over 2.5 billion consumer records worldwide
  • A combination of data brokers has 90% coverage of US Facebook users
  • 62% of organizations are aware of AI-powered recommendations, and 24% are currently deploying them
  • Only 43% of people are aware of their right to be forgotten 

General Data Brokering Statistics 

The collection of personal data plays an important role in our day-to-day lives. This section reveals key information about the value companies put on our data. 

1. The data broker market size is on track to reach $365.70 billion by 2029 

(Source: Maximise Market Research)

Dubbed as the “oil of the 21st century”, data has become one of the most valuable commodities of our era.

As we continue to produce exponentially more data over the next few years, the total data broker industry revenue will grow from $268.73 billion in 2022 to $365.70 billion by 2029. 

2. Almost 60% of internet users have more than 12 data points publicly available

(Source: Bitdefender)

A data point represents a single piece of information about a person. Your age, income, gender, education level, phone number, and email address are all examples of common data points that brokers collect. 

59.35% of internet users have 12 data points publicly available, and the remaining 40.65% have between 2 and 11.

So, as you can probably guess, if you use the internet for any reason, your personal details can be viewed, shared, sold, or even stolen

3. The data for 18 to 24-year-olds costs an average of $0.36 

(Source: MacKeeper) 

Bar chart showing cost of data per person

The data for younger people is the most expensive, with the total cost of the 18-24 demographic exceeding $14 million every year.

The least valuable data is for people over 55, costing just $0.05 per person. Typically, as you near retirement, your income and shopping habits will decrease, so companies have less use for your data. 

Other information such as our gender, ethnicity, and income also impacts our data’s value.

For example, if you earn between $10,000 and $100,000, your data is worth $0.02 – $0.07. Interestingly though, your data’s value shoots up to $0.33 if you earn between $120,000 and $150,000. 

4. 62% of organizations are aware of AI-powered recommendations, and 24% are currently deploying them 

(Source: Acxiom Annual Trends Report) 

In recent years, the adoption of artificial intelligence has skyrocketed, and many industries are using this technology to streamline their operations. 

According to a survey, almost a quarter of organizations are already using AI algorithms to analyze customer data and suggest relevant products or services. 

Data Broker Statistics 

Data broker companies are the ones who directly profit from collecting and selling our sensitive information. Since these companies often buy and sell from one another, it’s impossible to accurately pinpoint how much of our data they own.

However, we can still use some key data broker statistics to put the degree of their operations into perspective. 

5. There are over 4,000 data brokering companies worldwide 

(Source: Web FX)

More than 4,000 data brokering companies are operating around the world. With the larger companies having data for millions of users, we can all assume that at least one of them knows information about each of us. 

6. A combination of data brokers has 90% coverage of US Facebook users

(Source: LIX)

90% of US Facebook users have at least one data broker-provided attribute, meaning that their information is readily available for companies to purchase. The US has the highest Facebook user broker coverage in the world, closely followed by Australia with 81.3% coverage and the UK with 74.4%. 

7. One of the largest US data brokers, Acxiom, has over 2.5 billion consumer records worldwide 

(Source: Acxiom Global Data) 

Acxiom is currently one of the leading data brokers in the US. This company boasts that it has over 2.5 billion records from consumers around the world. Acxiom claims to enable companies to “reach over two-thirds of the world’s digital population in a privacy-compliant manner” through its services. 

8. Acxiom has a catalog of over 12,000 global data attributes

(Source: Acxiom Customer Data) 

Acxiom also has a wide array of global data attributes that it sells to other companies. It can collect these through public records, purchase histories, internet activities, and commercial sources (such as retailers and credit card providers).

Common data attributes include:

  • Demographic information
  • Geographic data
  • Behavioral data
  • Health records
  • Browsing habits
  • Spending habits
  • Social media activity

9. Experian generated $6,619 million in revenue during 2023 

(Source: Experian)

Data brokers can make a whole lot of money from our data. As the world’s largest data broker company, Experian generated an incredible $6,619 million in revenue this year. Although not all of this was made from selling data, it still shows how lucrative this industry really is. 

Data Privacy Statistics 

Data brokers exist to collect and distribute sensitive information about us. Is this against our best wishes? Or do we simply not care about what happens to our data? Let’s take a look at some interesting statistics about the public’s perception of data privacy

10. 80% of people want to know more about how their data is used

(Source: Surfshark)

Many of us feel that we’re in the dark when it comes to our data. In a 2022 survey, the majority of participants stated that online privacy is important to them and they want to know more about how their data is used. 

Despite this, only 60% use tools to increase their privacy. Is this due to a lack of knowledge of privacy-protection tools? Or do most people believe that taking control of their privacy is simply not an option? 

11. 21% agree that the most important activity an organization can do is refrain from selling their information 

(Source: Cisco)

When it comes to building trust, over a fifth of survey participants agreed that the most important thing a company can do is refrain from selling their information. 

However, not everyone is completely against their data being sold. 39% said that transparency (i.e. providing clear information on how their data is being used) is the most important factor for building trust. 

12. Only 43% of people are aware of their right to be forgotten 

(Source: Surfshark)

There are various regulators across the world that govern the way data can be used, processed, and stored. The GDPR, a European privacy regulator that focuses on data minimization, grants everyone the right to ask organizations to delete their personal data.

If certain criteria are met, an organization must erase the person’s data within a month. This is known as the right to be forgotten.

According to Surfshark’s survey, less than half of people are aware they can delete their digital footprint

13. 63% of people block or routinely delete some or all cookies on their web browsers

(Source: Consumer Reports)

Cookies are text files that consist of pieces of data that help websites identify and remember you. Whenever you visit a website for the first time, you’ll see a pop-up that asks you to select your cookie preferences.

Example of a cookie policy

Cookies are useful as they help sites recognize each user and recall information such as their login details. Some even play an essential role in our online browsing experience. 

Despite their uses, cookies can also be used to put our online privacy at risk. They collect a lot of sensitive data such as our browsing activity which may then be sold between companies. 

If you want to increase your privacy and make it harder for websites to track your online behavior, you can choose to delete your web browser’s cookies. According to the 2022 Consumer Reports study, only 63% of people routinely do this. 

14. 75% of people are concerned about the privacy of their personal data that companies collect and store

(Source: Consumer Reports)

In the same study, almost three-quarters of the participants claim they are concerned about the privacy of their personal data that is collected and stored by companies. Many of the remaining 25% said they were not concerned since they didn’t have anything worth stealing. 

However, as other statistics show, any and all of our data is of value to companies

15. 68% of people strongly support prohibiting the sale of personal data without consent 

(Source: YouGov)

Regulators worldwide are in a cat-and-mouse race with data brokering companies. As technology advances, new data collection laws must be put in place to protect us. 

A YouGov poll reveals that the majority of people support banning the sale of personal data without their consent. Additionally, 61% agreed that companies should be required to provide easy-to-understand explanations of their data collection and use practices. 

Clearly, many of us want more to be done regarding the protection of our information. So, how come data brokers appear to have almost complete free reign when it comes to collecting and selling data? 


Final Thoughts 

Overall, our personal data is one of the most valuable commodities in the world. Companies are willing to spend millions each year to find out more about us and our activities.

These worrying data brokering statistics show that chances are, if you use the internet, there’s a data broker that possesses your data. 

Although many of us are concerned about how our data is being used, few are actually taking steps to safeguard it.

Thankfully, there are some simple ways to prevent at least some of our information from landing in the hands of data brokers. For instance, using a VPN will conceal your IP address and make it harder for companies to trace your browsing activity back to you. 


Who is the biggest data broker?

Experian is the world’s largest data broker. This company collects information from over 1 billion people, generating millions of dollars in revenue each year.

How big is the data industry?

The data broker market was valued at $268.73 billion in 2022 and is on track to grow to $365.70 billion by 2029.

How much do data brokers pay for data?

The amount a data broker will pay for your data depends on various factors such as your age, gender, ethnicity, and income. For instance, the data for younger demographics is much more expensive than for older ones.

How much do data brokers make?

According to various salary research websites, data brokers can earn between $56,000 and $84,000, depending on their experience. Data brokering companies themselves can generate millions in revenue every year.

How many data brokers are there?

There are more than 4,000 data broker companies worldwide, including Experian, Acxiom, TransUnion, Oracle Data Cloud, and CoreLogic.


  1. Maximise Market Research
  2. Bitdefender
  3. MacKeeper
  4. Acxiom Annual Trends Report
  5. Web FX
  6. LIX
  7. Acxiom Global Data
  8. Acxiom Customer Data
  9. Experian 
  10. Surfshark
  11. Cisco
  12. Consumer Reports
  13. YouGov

IP Proxy Error [What It Is and 5+ Ways To Fix It]

Encountering an IP proxy error can be devasting when running online tasks. Whenever this happens, it stops you from using your proxy service entirely. 

There are several reasons why it can occur. These include, but are not limited to, network errors, misconfigurations, server overload, etc. 

Let’s examine this issue and what you can do to resolve it.

Ready? Here we go!

What is the IP proxy error?

This error occurs when the proxy server fails to resolve your IP address. It can happen due to network connectivity issues such as internet downtime.

Improper settings may also be to blame. Failure to use the correct credentials might break the connection. 

But there are other factors why this happens:

  • Server overload: Too many users that are connecting simultaneously can overload a proxy server. As such, this will cause errors to arise, including IP resolving issues.  
  • Misconfiguration: As earlier noted, incorrect settings can cause connection failure. These include using the port number, login credentials, proxy address, etc.
  • Blocked IP address: Some online platforms might block certain IP addresses, including those of proxy servers.
  • Expired subscription: If you’re using a paid service, an expired subscription can lead to errors.
  • Network issues: Sometimes, errors can arise due to problems with your internet. This can also happen when your proxy provider is experiencing downtimes. 

So how do you fix it?

How to fix IP proxy errors

Check out the different ways to resolve IP issues on your proxy.

1. Check proxy settings

Begin by ensuring that your proxy settings are correct. You can do this by checking network configurations on your device.

Double-check the server address and port number to ensure they’re accurate. Here’s how you can do it below:

  1. Open Network & Internet on your computer.
click on network and internet win11 settings
  1. Scroll down and look for Proxy.
  1. Locate Manual Proxy Setup and click Set up.
choose manual proxy setup
  1. Enter the correct details under the Proxy IP address and Port.
enter smartproxy address and port number
  1. Click Save for the changes to reflect.

2. Switch protocols

Proxy servers often support multiple protocols, such as HTTP, HTTPS, and SOCKS5. If you face issues, consider switching to another to resolve the error.

3. Double-check proxy authentication

Some proxy servers require authentication. Ensure that you’ve entered the correct username and password. If you’ve forgotten these details, reset them or contact your proxy provider.

4. Check your internet

Sometimes, the issue might not be with the proxy server but with your internet connection. Check if other devices can connect to the internet. 

If not, consider rebooting your router and doing a speed test. This often resolves minor network glitches.

5. Check your antivirus/firewall

Security software, such as antiviruses and firewalls, can sometimes block proxy servers. Check the settings if you’re using one, and whitelist your proxies.

6. Contact your proxy provider

It’s also a good idea to contact your proxy provider. They might be aware of the issue and provide a quick fix.

7. Switch proxy providers

Ultimately, you may want to get a reliable service. Here, my top recommendation is Smartproxy. It has over 65+ million IPs available in over 195 countries.   

Additionally, it offers a wide range of proxies, including data center, residential, and mobile. These are speed-optimized with a guaranteed 99.99% uptime. 

You can also order dedicated IPs so you don’t run into any errors. These offer resources that are yours entirely – no sharing.

smartproxy unique fingerprints for each session

Another thing I like about Smartproxy is the X Browser. You can use it to create profiles with unique fingerprints for accessing the web anonymously.

The starting price of  $5.2/GB is equally affordable. Additionally, there’s a 14-day unconditional money-back guarantee for your peace of mind.



Enjoy a stable connection with this versatile and affordable proxy service.

Wrapping up

The IP proxy error can hinder your online activities. But as you’ve seen, you don’t need to break a sweat to resolve the problem. 

You should double-check your proxy’s settings to fix any misconfigurations. Trying different connection protocols should also help address the issue. 

Overall, you may want to switch proxy service providers. Go with a vendor like Smartproxy that offers a vast IP pool alongside outstanding uptime.

The Best Scraper Proxies [Tested & Ranked]

Are you looking for the best scraper proxies?

In a flooded market, you risk wasting time and money.

But count yourself lucky. 

I went all out and tested 30+ providers. And now, I present to you the top ten to choose from. 

My evaluation was based on the following: 

  • Features
  • Ease of use
  • Customer support
  • Pricing

Buckle up, and let’s roll.

The best scraper proxies 

Here’s a roundup of the top ten proxy services for web scraping:

Let’s examine these providers up close.

1. Smartproxy

Smartproxy is a robust solution for web scraping. It offers a rich mix of features ideal for beginners and professionals. 

The service boasts over 65 million IPs available in 195+ locations. They include residential, dedicated data center proxies. 

These come from ethical sources and are free from spam. That comes in handy for minimizing downtime by evading CAPTCHAs, IP blocks, and geo-restrictions. 

Their performance is another thing that stood out during testing. Response times averaged 0.5 seconds alongside a network uptime of 99.99%.

smartproxy no-code scraper configurations

The no-code scraper does the heavy lifting for the painless configuring of proxies. Here, you can schedule tasks, target keywords/domains, schedule tasks, and set data delivery/output formats.

Smartproxy also provides scraping application programming interface (API) tools. They comprise web, SERP, and social media APIs for gathering data at scale.

It includes headless scraping to gather information from JavaScript-heavy websites. Moreover, its 100% success rate is something worth appreciating.  

But that’s not all. 

An endpoint generator is available to scrape any website on the internet. It supports filtering results based on country, city, and zip codes.

There are no limits to the number of connections you can run. As such, expect zero issues when scaling up data-gathering tasks.

You have the option of exporting data in raw HTML or JSON. Unfortunately, CSV format isn’t supported at the time of writing. 

Away from the features, getting started is super easy. The vendor offers a novice-friendly dashboard with the tools you need within reach.  

Smartproxy has an amazing customer support team as well. They’re reachable 24/7 and offer help even for technical problems. 

The vendor’s knowledge base is equally worth mentioning. It’s full of well-detailed guides with videos and tutorials.

Surprisingly, the starting price of $50/month is slightly affordable. You also get a mouthwatering 30-day free trial for the scraping APIs. 

2. Oxylabs

Oxylabs is a prominent player in the web scraping and proxy service industry. It provides extensive resources for data harvesting, including 100+ million IPs in 195 countries.

Like Smartproxy, the service supports unlimited simultaneous connections. This is vital if you’re into bulk scraping, market research, and SEO monitoring.

Oxylabs also employs artificial intelligence (AI) to turbocharge the performance of its proxies. True to that, scraping tests generated response times of about 0.65 seconds.

You can choose between sticky and rotating proxies. Alternatively, there’s room to configure a timeout for switching IPs. 

The success rate of gathering data was equally good, averaging 99.9%. Still, Smartproxy has an upper edge, but the 0.09% difference isn’t significant. 

Security is top-notch, thanks to encryption protocols such as HTTPs and SOCKS5. There’s also the option of using the insecure HTTP for speed.

Geotargeting is available at no extra cost. You can effortlessly access content from the country level down to zip codes and postcodes.  

An end-point generator helps accelerate web scraping tasks. It’s developer-friendly and supports popular programming languages like Python, Node.js, Java, etc.

A custom parser analyzes data from the source, organizes, and structures it. You can export the information in CSV, JSON, and TXT from here.

And it gets better. 

oxylabs scraper apis configurations

Scraping APIs for the internet, search engines and e-commerce sites are within reach. They support the scrawling of up to 1,000 web pages at once. 

While at it, take advantage of the scheduler to automate recurring tasks. So you can spare time for the things that matter.

Support has a quick turnaround, even for technical problems. Unfortunately, the agents are accessible via ticket and email. 

Away from that, the starting price of $49/month is pretty decent. There’s also a week’s trial to test the service.

3. Bright Data

Bright Data is a leading proxy provider that targets small businesses and enterprises. Its core services suit scraping, market research, and brand protection.

The vendor offers over 80 million IPs available in 195+ countries. These comprise residential, data center, mobile, and ISP proxies.

They’re manually vetted and obtained from clean sources. A majority are also attached to real user devices for better performance. 

Under the hood, you get plenty of scraping solutions for different use cases. Top of that list is a scraping browser capable of unblocking any website.

It can render JavaScript, solve CAPTCHA, and retry failed queries automatically. Moreover, the tool supports multilevel fingerprinting that hides the fact that you’re using a proxy.

bright data debugger and activity log tracker

There’s a browser debugger if things go wrong. This helps to inspect session logs, troubleshoot issues, and fix errors. 

Bright Data isn’t left out on the AI-powered proxies bandwagon either. It employs the technology for unblocking even the toughest of websites.

The vendor additionally provides a web scraper integrated development environment (IDE). This tool comes with pre-built templates for scraping on the fly.

A SERP API is also available to fetch information from search engines. Like Oxylabs, it delivers structured data in HTML and JSON formats.  

Here comes the kicker: 

Bright Data provides readily available datasets to save time and money. These cover popular platforms like Amazon, Walmart, TikTok, and LinkedIn. 

You can make custom requests if the data you’re looking for is unavailable. That way, you get to focus on other tasks without worries. 

Unfortunately, there’s no live chat if you run into issues. The only way to reach support is by emailing your dedicated account manager. 

Apart from that, Bright Data offers usage-based pricing for its scraper proxies. They start from as little as $0.1/hour and include a 7-day free trial.

4. ScrappingBee

ScrappingBee is a little-known proxy service on the market. But it can give its more popular competitors a run for their money.

The intuitive user dashboard is the first thing you’ll notice about this vendor. It’s simple, easy to navigate, and has every tool within reach. 

There’s a test preview for every option of the console. It generates results instantaneously to give you a glimpse of what to expect. 

scrapingbee test preview option

Onboard includes over seven different programming languages for coding wizards. This is way above what the big dogs in the industry offer. 

Loading of web pages is possible by grabbing a website’s HTML code. For complex sites, you’ll need to enable JavaScript rendering so you don’t miss anything.

But ScrappingBee doesn’t stop there. 

You can run AJAX requests to trigger web servers to provide more data. It’s a great addition for gathering cookies, metadata, and more.   

Marketers can make good use of the scraper for email addresses. But if you’re an SEO expert, the link extractor can help in discovering link-building opportunities. 

Downloading images from websites is another admirable feature of ScrappingBee. Even better, you can take screenshots of websites for later. 

While at it, there’s the option of using stealth proxies to maximize your productivity. Using them allowed me to bypass geo-restrictions and censorship while keeping my activities private. 

Of course, a powerful scraping API accelerates your data extraction activities. Supported outputs include readable formats like HTML and JSON. 

Other than that, the customer support of this vendor is exceptional. Agents are surprisingly fast in troubleshooting and fixing issues to your satisfaction. 

The documentation is also well-detailed, with plenty of easy-to-follow guides. Likewise, there’s a separate knowledge base that’s beginner-friendly. 

Pricing starts at $49/month, which is on par with popular providers on the market. A free limited trial with 1,000 API requests is also available.

5. Froxy

froxy proxy homepage

Froxy is a simple yet reliable proxy vendor, perfect for data collection tasks. It offers a wide range of services, including residential, datacenter, and mobile proxies.

The company has a large pool of 8.5+ million IPs across 200 countries. These enable targeting based on countries, cities, zip codes, and internet networks.

You can deploy a maximum of a thousand concurrent connections. Even though not unlimited like Smartproxy, it’s adequate for running bulk tasks hassle-free. 

IP rotation takes place automatically between each request. This prevents blocking of your proxies, which commonly happens when web scraping.

There are no limits when it comes to bandwidth consumption. Such a privilege is ideal for large-scale data gathering while keeping costs low. 

Network uptime averages 99.9%, which is decent for running tasks day and night. The success rate of proxies is also high, coming in at 95%.

This vendor also provides an API like most proxy service providers. As you’re aware, the tool makes automation and scaling of tasks super-easy. 

Here’s where it gets interesting. 

Froxy supports other third-party integrations designed for bulk scraping. Popular mentions include ScrapeBox, Octoparse, ParseHub, etc.

Proxy managers additionally make handling unlimited anonymous profiles feel like child’s play. Altogether, they make the job of gathering data on the web effortless. 

Aside from that, Froxy’s user dashboard is both functional and free from clutter. You will find it quickly to get around and configure your proxies.

Support is always on standby to offer help via chat and email. Likewise, referring to the knowledge base isn’t a bad idea when stuck.

Plans start from $70/month, slightly higher than the competition. But you can get a 3-day trial for $1.99 to check out the service.

6. ProxyScrape

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If you’re looking for a free scraping service, get ProxyScrape. You’ll find a wide variety of anonymous and transparent data center proxies for data gathering.

There are multiple regions to choose from, including the United States, Canada, and China. Or else, you can opt for all countries to expand your geographical reach. 

The proxies feature SSL and SOCKS4/5 encryption despite being free. However, the non-secure HTTP alternatives are a better choice for speed.

Surprisingly, Proxyscrape allows configuring timeouts, which some vendors hardly provide. Adjusting it enhances the success rate by limiting querying overloaded servers. 

ProxyScrape also provides its API for free to all users. It includes well-outlined documentation and support for about thirty programming languages.

You also upgrade from $24/month to unlock more features. It includes ultrafast speeds, unlimited bandwidth, and infinite concurrent connections.  

Premium plans include access to 40,000+ data center proxies with a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Further, the vendor includes 24/7 monitoring to resolve downtimes quickly. 

The user dashboard isn’t one of the best I have come across. Still, it’s easy to navigate and access the features.

Speeds of the proxies are insanely fast averaging 1,000Mbps. This provides higher performance for uninterrupted web scraping.  

Support is accessible through chat and email at all times. You can also search the knowledge base for quick answers.

ProxyScrape even allows users to make requests for missing features. But there are no guarantees about how long it takes to implement them.   

Overall, it’s an excellent choice for users with a tight budget.

7. Rayobyte

Rayobyte, formerly known as Blazing SEO, is a premium proxy provider that provides its scraping tool for free. The vendor’s wide variety of features makes it a good choice for individuals and businesses.

Its services include residential, data center, mobile, and ISP proxies. These are perfectly optimized to bypass IP bans, CAPTCHAs, and anti-scraping technologies.

Coverage is pretty limited to about 300,000 IPs across 25 locations. But its network capacity of 20+ petabytes/month shows it enjoys a wide customer base.

Securing your proxies is simple by using a username and password. Or you can whitelist your IPs that grant access to the service.

rayobyte proxy list generator

A proxy list generator helps you craft a list of servers for scraping tasks. All it takes is just a few clicks to get it ready. 

You can let Rayobyte switch regions automatically from a list of 150 countries. Likewise, it’s possible to set geographical locations based on your preference.    

Targeting by states and cities enables you to gather region-based data quickly. This can get even faster by assigning up to 10,000 IPs for sessions. 

Available protocols include HTTP for speed, HTTPS, and SOCKS5 for security. Regardless of your choice, you’re guaranteed to always experience reliable connectivity.

The outcome is different when it comes to network performance. Downloads average 100Mbps with a response time of 2.0 seconds. 

The 96.50% success rate of requests falls short of the competition. But it’s better than other services that didn’t make it on this list. 

When it comes to support, you have the option of sending email requests. Responses can take up to a day, so it’s better to get used to the knowledge base.

Pricing is pretty affordable, starting at $0.0018/scrape. Apart from that, Rayobyte provides 5000 free requests for using its scraping bot.

8. IPRoyal

iproyal homepage

Keeping up with monthly subscriptions can sometimes be a hassle. That’s why IPRoyal offers non-expiry bandwidth-based subscriptions starting from $1.95/GB. 

The service has slightly above two million IPs in 195+ countries. Services offered include residential, data center, mobile, sneaker, and scraping proxies.

There are flexible options for managing your proxy, like rotating and sticky sessions. These prevent IP bans and CAPTCHAs through the regular switching of addresses.

IPRoyal’s network uptime averages 99.9% for better reliability and performance. But the response time of about a minute lags behind the best in the game. 

Scaling data mining tasks shouldn’t be a problem using the zero-coding API. Just provide the URLs to scrape and let IPRoyal do the heavy lifting.

Going with the coding option unleashes the full potential of this scraping tool. It provides easy optimization of queries to collect information with accuracy.

You can use geo-targeting to filter location data from any country, state, or city. I was even able to target ISPs in regions like the United States.

That’s the tip of the iceberg.

IPRoyal has private proxies for those that need more without bandwidth caps. These offer super fast speeds and unlimited bandwidth, suitable for large-scale data collection. 

All the resources you get are entirely dedicated to you and not shared with anyone. As such, it provides better privacy and a high success rate for scraping. 

The pricing starts at $1.56/month for a single private proxy. But this might go higher depending on the number you need.

Support is available through live chat 24/7. The vendor also has quick starter guides to help you learn the ropes.

9. NetNut

NetNut is an enterprise-grade proxy service suitable for businesses of all sizes. It offers over 50 million proxies, including rotating, static, residential, and data center.

Accessing any information from the public is easier using the web unblocker. As the name suggests, it can bypass geo-restrictions and anti-scrapers on the internet.

The tool features an advanced CAPTCHA algorithm to solve anti-bot challenges on websites. Accordingly, you’ll appreciate collecting data with a 100% success rate.

NetNut includes dynamic fingerprinting to create unique browser profiles to aid with scraping. This helps build trust on the sites you frequently visit to scrape.

AI with machine learning is also present to outsmart platforms. with hardened firewalls. You can trust it to adjust and bypass even the toughest security measures on sites.

IP rotations take place on autopilot with minimal effort from your side. Moreover, the system includes an auto-retry function to rerun failed queries automatically.  

There are dedicated scraping tools, starting with Google’s SERP scraper API. It can gather data in any language and from all locations in real-time. 

The handy tool additionally structures and compiles the information in HTML and JSON formats. Even better, it can analyze the data for faster decision-making.

Another tool is the scraper for social networking sites. The data it gathers includes comments, likes, shares, follower counts, and so on. 

Apart from features, NetNut’s user interface is one of the best I have come across. It’s easy to access any tool and configure proxies before use.

netnut's proxy generator

The proxy generator is what I really fancy about this customer dashboard. You can quickly configure proxies and set geo-targeting with ease.

Support from this provider also deserves a standing ovation. There’s chat, email, video call, and private WhatsApp groups for one-on-one engagement. 

The prices start at $100/month, which is steep for the ordinary user. But it shouldn’t be a problem for small businesses and enterprises with good budgets.  

10. Infatica

infatica proxy homepage

If you’re looking for an all-around scraping proxy service, go for Infatica. The vendor offers different products ranging from residential, data center, and mobile proxies. 

Its IP pool averages about 40 million addresses available in 100+ countries. These are spam-free and less prone to online bans and CAPTCHAs. 

Infatica provides a powerful web scraping API to speed up data collection. It can render JavaScript-heavy sites for gathering dynamic content.

You can process up to a thousand URLs when bulk scraping. With such a heavy load, results can take around five minutes to generate. 

Mimicking any device is possible by configuring custom headers and sessions. This also enables you to maintain continuous connections for prolonged data extraction.

The supported formats for exporting results include CSV, XLSX, and JSON. These are usually in human-readable format files for quick decision-making.

Infatica secures proxy connections using username/passwords and SOCKS5. Likewise, there’s IP whitelisting to launch requests from specific devices.

You can configure the selection of regions to occur randomly. Alternatively, choose specific locations to limit results to certain territories.  

You’re also in control when it comes to the rotation of IPs. You can configure swapping from five to twenty-minute time-frames. 

Aside from the features, getting started on Infatica is a breeze. The user dashboard is simple and easy to master. 

Support is also within reach. But only support tickets are supported as of the time of writing.   

The documentation is not that extensive. But the articles are well-explained and easy to follow. 

Prices are affordable, starting from $25/month. There’s also a three-day $1.99 trial to test the service. 

Are you still spoilt for choice? Then the buyer’s guide next should help you out.

How to choose a scraper proxy provider?

Here are a few things to consider before choosing a scraper proxy provider. 

Network coverage

When choosing a scraper proxy provider, it is important to consider network coverage. This means looking at the number of countries and regions a proxy vendor covers. 

A wider reach gives you access to a broader selection of websites and apps. But fewer regions can limit you from getting the desired data. 

If this is important for you, go with vendors like ScrappingBee, Bright Data, and Oxylabs. They offer proxies available in 195+ countries, way better than Rayobyte’s 25 locations. 

IP pool size

A larger IP pool size is necessary to avoid getting blocked by the websites you scrape. It enables you to switch addresses frequently to prevent raising eyebrows. 

Oxylabs clearly stands out here with 100+ million IPs. But this is more than you’ll ever need when using a proxy service. 

As such, anything above a million IP addresses should do the job. But if you’re running tasks daily, then a higher number is always better. 


The performance of a proxy provider is another important factor to consider. This includes the speed and reliability of their proxies.

For example, you’ll get the best out of the service with a 99% uptime guarantee or better. A response time of three seconds or less is highly preferable as well. 

A higher success rate like 100% for Smartproxy and NetNet also counts. It will give you a better outcome than Rayobyte’s and Froxy’s 95% performance.

Customer support

You should go with a provider that provides round-the-clock customer support. You’re assured to receive help when things fail to work. 

NetNut’s one-on-one approach is second to none. They offer assistance through video calls and WhatsApp chats 24/7.

But that doesn’t mean Smartproxy, Oxylabs, and the ScrappingBee fall short. Their customer agents are proactive and handle technical issues with ease.    


Consider your budget before choosing your provider. You can start with free trials and decide whether to upgrade or not. Other vendors like ProxyScrape even offer free proxies that you can use.


Finding the best scraper proxies isn’t an easy affair. But I hope the list above helps you make the right choice. 

If you’re undecided, start with free trials to evaluate the providers. You may also part with a small free to test some premium vendors. 

Overall, the ultimate choice is yours. Weigh your needs, check your budget, and go for the one that fits.

Best Omegle Alternatives – Chat With Strangers Again

With Omegle’s recent exit from the online chat scene, many are seeking worthy alternatives to fill the gap. As someone who has used the platform and understands the digital safety, I’m here to guide you through the best Omegle alternatives.

Each platform offers its unique flavor of connection and interaction. Plus, I’ll share some practical safety tips to make sure your online chat experience is both fun and secure.

Let’s dive in:

Best Omegle Alternatives



Chatroulette, often hailed as the pioneer of random video chatting, burst onto the scene, offering an entirely new way to meet people online.

Its premise is simple yet captivating: connect with random strangers around the world through video chat. The platform’s charm lies in its unpredictability and the sheer excitement of not knowing who you’ll encounter next – it could be someone from a distant corner of the globe or just around the corner.

Features and User Experience

Chatroulette’s interface is straightforward, focusing solely on the video chat experience. Users are randomly paired with others, and either party can leave the chat at any time to start a new connection. This roulette-style matching system is what gives the platform its edge, creating spontaneous interactions that range from humorous and quirky to meaningful and profound.


  • Unpredictable and spontaneous connections.
  • Simple, user-friendly interface.
  • Global reach, offering a diverse range of interactions.


  • Potential exposure to inappropriate content due to lack of moderation.
  • Limited features beyond basic video chatting.

Potential Dangers

The primary concern with Chatroulette is the risk of encountering explicit or inappropriate content, as the platform historically lacked robust moderation. This unpredictability, while exciting, also poses privacy risks, as users may inadvertently share personal information or be recorded without consent.

Safety Tips

  • Use a VPN to mask your IP address and location for added privacy.
  • Be cautious about sharing personal information.
  • Immediately disconnect from any inappropriate or uncomfortable chats.



Tinychat stands out in the world of online chat platforms by offering a variety of themed chat rooms. It caters to a wide range of interests, from gaming and music to simple, casual conversations. This platform is not just about connecting with random individuals. It’s also about finding and building communities with shared passions and interests.

Features and User Experience

Tinychat allows users to join existing chat rooms based on various topics or create their own. These rooms can be public or private, offering flexibility in how users engage with others. The platform supports video, voice, and text chatting, making it versatile and accommodating different communication preferences. Tinychat also integrates social media elements, allowing users to share and follow different rooms and profiles.


  • Wide variety of chat rooms catering to different interests.
  • Ability to create and customize your own chat rooms.
  • Supports multiple forms of communication (video, voice, text).


  • Can be overwhelming for new users due to the sheer number of rooms.
  • Some chat rooms may lack moderation, leading to potential exposure to inappropriate content.
  • There is a learning curve.

Potential Dangers

The main safety concern with Tinychat revolves around its open chat room environment. Rooms with lax moderation can become hotspots for inappropriate behavior, cyberbullying, or unwanted content. Additionally, the platform’s social media-like aspect can sometimes blur the line between public and private information sharing.

Safety Tips

  • Stick to well-moderated and reputable chat rooms.
  • Be cautious about sharing personal information, even in seemingly safe spaces.
  • Use Tinychat’s privacy settings to control who can join your rooms and who can view your profile.



ChatRandom modernizes the concept of random video chatting, offering a streamlined and user-friendly platform. It’s designed for those who love the spontaneity of platforms like Omegle but prefer a more controlled and modern environment. ChatRandom stands out with its additional features like gender and geographic filters, which add a layer of customization to the random chat experience.

However, keep in mind that those features come with a paid plan. Using the free version isn’t suitable if you don’t want to see NSFW content only.

Features and User Experience

ChatRandom’s interface is intuitive, making it easy for newcomers and former Omegle users to navigate. You can quickly start chatting with random people and have the option to filter connections based on their preferences.

This added control is a significant plus, allowing you to tailor your experience to your comfort level. The platform also offers various chat modes, including private one-on-one sessions and larger group chats.


  • User-friendly interface with easy navigation.
  • Filters for gender and location provide more control over chat connections.
  • Multiple chat modes cater to different social preferences.


  • The free tier is practically unusable.
  • The user base is smaller compared to other platforms.
  • Potential for encountering bots or fake profiles.

Potential Dangers

While ChatRandom offers a more refined chat experience, you can still encounter the usual risks associated with online chatting, such as exposure to inappropriate content. The anonymity of the platform can also be a double-edged sword, offering privacy but also making it harder to identify and avoid potential dangers.

Safety Tips

  • Use the platform’s reporting and blocking features to deal with inappropriate behavior.
  • Avoid sharing personal information, especially in public chat rooms.
  • Be cautious and use common sense when engaging in conversations with strangers.



Bazoocam offers a unique twist in the world of online chat platforms by focusing on localized connections. It’s particularly popular in European countries and provides a platform for users to engage in conversations with people closer to home. This approach not only fosters a sense of community but also increases the chances of real-life interactions and friendships.

Features and User Experience

Bazoocam’s interface is straightforward to use. You are randomly paired with others in your region. The platform also includes fun features like games, which users can play together during their video chats, adding an element of casual entertainment to the conversation.


  • Focus on local connections can lead to more meaningful interactions.
  • Simple and user-friendly interface.
  • Integrated games provide a unique and enjoyable chatting experience.


  • Limited global reach, which might restrict the diversity of interactions for users seeking international connections.
  • The platform’s simplicity might not appeal to users looking for more advanced features.
  • Potential language barriers, as users are more likely to encounter speakers of their local languages.

Potential Dangers

The emphasis on local connections can be a double-edged sword. While it allows for community building, it also increases the risk of encountering people you may know in real life, which could lead to privacy concerns. Additionally, as with any chat platform, there’s the risk of encountering inappropriate behavior or content.

Safety Tips:

  • Consider using a VPN to alter your virtual location if you prefer more anonymity.
  • Be cautious about sharing details that could reveal your identity or location.
  • Report any inappropriate behavior to the platform moderators.



Camsurf has carved out its niche in the online chat world by prioritizing user safety and simplicity. It’s an ideal platform for those who value a secure environment for chatting without sacrificing the fun and spontaneity of meeting new people. Camsurf’s commitment to maintaining a friendly and respectful community sets it apart from many other chat platforms.

Camsurf is without a doubt my top Omegle alternative safety-wise. However, it lacks that fun and casual Omegle vibe many users were fond of.

Features and User Experience

Camsurf offers a clean and straightforward interface, making it accessible to users of all ages and technical abilities. The platform includes features like instant video chat and the ability to filter connections by language and location. One of Camsurf’s standout features is its active moderation, which helps maintain a safe and welcoming environment for all users.


  • Strong emphasis on user safety and moderation.
  • Simple and intuitive interface, suitable for beginners.
  • Filtering connections based on language and location adds a level of customization.


  • The strict moderation might limit the freedom of conversations compared to less moderated platforms.
  • The user base is smaller, leading to fewer available connections at times.
  • Some users might find the platform too basic if they are looking for more advanced features.

Potential Dangers

Despite its strong focus on safety, no online platform is entirely risk-free. Users on Camsurf can still encounter inappropriate behavior, although the likelihood is reduced thanks to the platform’s active moderation. There’s also the general risk of sharing personal information with strangers, which can lead to privacy issues.

Safety Tips

  • Take advantage of the platform’s reporting features to alert moderators of any rule-breaking behavior.
  • Keep personal information private, especially in public chat rooms.
  • Use the platform’s filters to control the type of connections you make.

How to stay safe on online chat platforms

Protect Your Personal Information

Always be cautious about the personal information you share. Keeping details like your full name, address, and contact information private is crucial in safeguarding your identity and well-being online.

Use a VPN

A VPN is a vital tool for enhancing your privacy and security on chat platforms. It encrypts your internet connection and masks your IP address, making it harder for others to track your location or intercept your data. Here’s how to use a VPN effectively:

  • Choose a reputable VPN service.
  • Install the VPN application on your device.
  • Connect to a server in a location different from your actual one, to anonymize your online presence.

Stay Alert to Scams

Be aware of common online scams. If someone asks for money, personal details, or tries to direct you to external websites, it’s likely a scam. Trust your instincts and disengage from suspicious interactions.


Many Omegle alternatives open up a world of new connections and experiences. Each platform offers unique features and communities, catering to diverse interests and preferences.

By following these safety tips and using tools like VPNs, you can enjoy these platforms to their fullest, knowing you’re taking the right steps to protect yourself online.

Best Router for Tomato Firmware [Top 5 Picks]

Looking to optimize my home network led me to look for the best router for Tomato. While the added control options and easy VPN setup make the firmware appealing, not all routers support it.

So, I dug deep and found 5 great options. I based my picks on the following factors:

  • Compatibility
  • Performance and speed
  • Security
  • Hardware specs
  • Coverage
  • Ease of use

Without further ado, let’s get into it:

Best routers for Tomato at a glance

For those in a hurry, here’s an overview of my top picks, along with their use cases and standout features:

Router modelBest forStandout feature
ASUS RT-AX88U PerformanceWi-Fi 6 support, 1.8 GHz quad-core processor
NETGEAR R7000PCoverageBeamforming+ technology
Linksys WRT1900ACSMultitasking1.6 GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM
Asus RT-AC66U B1SecurityASUS AiProtection
NETGEAR Nighthawk X6Large householdsTri-Band technology

Now, let’s dive deeper and see what each router has to offer:

Best Tomato routers – reviews

Here are the top routers for Tomato Firmware in 2023:



The ASUS RT-AX88U stands out as a top-tier router, boasting the latest advancements with Wi-Fi 6 technology. This ensures you get faster speeds and an extended range, making it an ideal choice for those who prioritize high performance and desire advanced control over their network.

One of its notable features includes 8 Gigabit LAN ports, catering perfectly to wired devices. Additionally, it supports AiProtection Pro, offering advanced security, and AiMesh for mesh networking, which lets you seamlessly expand your Wi-Fi coverage.

With a robust 1.8 GHz quad-core processor at its core, the RT-AX88U is adept at handling heavy traffic, marking it as an ideal choice for gaming enthusiasts and those streaming in 4K.

The Adaptive QoS is another great add-on, ensuring gaming packets are prioritized for a smoother online play experience. You’ll also appreciate the ASUSWRT interface, known for its user-friendliness and simple setup and management.

The added advantage of the ASUS Router App means you can manage your network even when you’re on the move.

And finally, the ASUS RT-AX88U offers both VPN server and client modes, ensuring secure remote access and online privacy.

  • Pros: Enhanced security perfect for gaming, flexible QoS support, 8 GigE ports for better wired connections.
  • Cons: Might heat up a bit upon flashing with Tomato.


Netgear R7000P

The NETGEAR R7000P brings improved performance from previous models coupled with the latest security features.

Designed with modern households in mind, it supports MU-MIMO, ensuring optimized performance in environments bustling with multiple devices.

Another standout feature is Beamforming+, which aims to enhance the router’s range and stability.

You also get 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi technology. It delivers an impressive AC2300 Wi-Fi performance, which breaks down to speeds of up to 1625 + 600 Mbps.

The R7000P supports OpenVPN, allowing you to set up a secure VPN server and access your home network remotely.

  • Pros: Great range, optimized for gaming and streaming.
  • Cons: Reboot times might be long.

3. Linksys WRT1900ACS

Linksys WRT1900ACS

The Linksys WRT1900ACS delivers a high-quality, open-source-ready solution.

This model is designed for those who prioritize the flexibility of custom firmware installations like Tomato.

With dual-band support and speeds of up to 2600 Mbps, it promises a seamless internet experience for both casual browsing and intensive tasks.

One of its standout features is the powerful 1.6 GHz dual-core processor, ensuring that the router can handle multiple devices and heavy traffic without any hiccups. Additionally, the router comes equipped with 512MB of RAM, which further boosts its multitasking capabilities.

The WRT1900ACS also boasts a user-friendly interface, making it easy to set up and manage your network. Its four high-performance antennas ensure that Wi-Fi coverage is extensive, reducing dead spots in larger homes.

With its open-source readiness, the WRT1900ACS is highly compatible with various VPN services, making it a favorite among privacy enthusiasts.

  • Pros: Open-source firmware support, excellent range, and speed.
  • Cons: Might warm up a bit, relatively pricey

4. Asus RT-AC66U B1

Asus RT-AC66U B1

For those who are budget-conscious but still want a reliable and Tomato-compatible router, the Asus RT-AC66U B1 is a perfect choice.

This model offers a balance between performance and affordability. With dual-band support and speeds of up to 1750 Mbps, it caters to most household needs, from streaming to gaming. One of its notable features is the ASUS AiProtection, which offers advanced security against online threats.

The router also supports ASUS AiCloud, allowing you to access your data anytime, anywhere. The three external antennas ensure a stable and wide-reaching Wi-Fi signal.

Furthermore, the intuitive ASUSWRT dashboard provides users with full network control, making it easy to optimize and set up.

This model comes with built-in VPN client and server support, offering users a secure and encrypted connection.

  • Pros: Affordable, stable performance.
  • Cons: Might lack some advanced features.

5. NETGEAR Nighthawk X6

NETGEAR Nighthawk X6

The NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 is a tri-band router designed for households with multiple users and lots of connected devices.

Under the hood is a 1 GHz dual-core processor with three offload processors, ensuring that the router can handle heavy network traffic and multitasking with ease. This is further enhanced by its 256MB of RAM and 128MB of flash storage, which facilitate quick response times.

Unlike traditional dual-band routers, the X6 offers an additional 5 GHz band, ensuring that more devices can connect without experiencing congestion.

Additionally, you get four Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired connections and two USB ports (one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0) for sharing printers, files, or connecting external storage devices. The router also boasts six antennas, ensuring a wide range and strong signal throughout larger homes.

Regarding security, the Nighthawk X6 offers VPN support, guest network access, and parental controls. Additionally, the router supports WPA2 wireless security protocols and comes with a built-in firewall for added protection.

  • Pros: Great performance, wide coverage, and advanced security features
  • ❌Cons: Setup may be complex for beginners

How to choose the right router for Tomato

Since all of the routers above are compatible with Tomato, let me show you the different considerations to take into account in order to pick the best one for your needs.

Performance and speed

For those who demand high bandwidth for activities like gaming or 4K streaming, the router’s performance is paramount.

Routers with dual or tri-band capabilities that support the latest Wi-Fi standards are ideal. With its Wi-Fi 6 technology, the ASUS RT-AX88U is a top contender in this category.

Hardware specifications

A router’s hardware, such as the processor’s speed, RAM, and storage, plays a significant role in its overall performance, especially when running custom firmware like Tomato.

The Linksys WRT1900ACS, with its powerful 1.6 GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM, stands out in this regard.

Security features

Security should always be a top priority. Routers offering advanced security features, such as VPN support, parental controls, and guest network capabilities, are ideal.

The Asus RT-AC66U B1 comes with ASUS AiProtection, providing advanced security against online threats.

Range and coverage

For those with larger homes or multiple floors, a router offering extensive coverage is essential. Routers with multiple antennas and beamforming technology are ideal.

The NETGEAR R7000P, with its Beamforming+ technology, ensures a wide-reaching and stable Wi-Fi signal.

Ease of setup and use

An intuitive interface is crucial, especially for those new to custom firmware. Routers that offer user-friendly dashboards and mobile apps for remote management are preferred.

The ASUS RT-AX88U is known for its user-friendly ASUSWRT interface, making setup and management a breeze.


Lastly, while it’s tempting to opt for high-end models, many mid-range routers offer excellent performance and support Tomato firmware. Determine your needs and find a router that offers the best value for your money.

For those on a budget, the Asus RT-AC66U B1 provides a balance between performance and affordability.

How to install Tomato firmware on your router

Installing Tomato on your router can seem daunting, but with the right steps, it’s a breeze. Here’s a simplified guide:

  1. Check compatibility: Ensure your router model is compatible with Tomato firmware.
  2. Create a backup: Always back up your current router settings. This allows you to revert if needed.router firmware backup
  3. Download the firmware: Visit the official Tomato website and download the appropriate firmware for your router tomato firmware
  4. Access router settings: Type your router’s IP address into your browser. It’s usually or, but you can check the label on the back of your router.
  5. Log in: Log in with your credentials. If you haven’t changed them, they’re also found at the router’s back.router login
  6. Update your firmware: Navigate to the firmware update section and upload the Tomato firmware file.router update firmware
  7. Follow On-Screen Instructions: The router will guide you through the installation process. Once complete, your router will reboot with Tomato firmware installed.


Selecting the best router for Tomato firmware can truly boost your online experience. From enhanced security features to advanced customization options, Tomato offers numerous benefits.

Read my buyer’s guide, check out the in-depth reviews, and make a decision. There are no wrong choices here.

Do I need a VPN for Torrenting? All to Know

Wondering if you need a VPN for torrenting? This article will answer all your questions.

Torrenting is undeniably an efficient method for sharing and downloading files. 

However, because it implies sharing your IP address and it’s often associated with copyright infringement, it’s natural to wonder if you need extra measures of safety.

Let’s delve into the intricacies of torrenting, the role of VPNs, and practical advice for safe torrenting.

Do I need a VPN for torrenting?

Yes, you need a VPN for torrenting. It will ensure anonymity and security. Torrenting exposes your IP, making you vulnerable to surveillance and cyber threats. A VPN hides online activity and hides your IP address.

It also helps avoid ISP throttling, which can slow down your internet speeds and allow access to geo-restricted content. 

Here’s a quick overview on how VPN features can help you when torrenting:

  • Encryption: A VPN encrypts the data sent from your device, turning it into a code that can only be deciphered with the correct encryption key. This stops malicious torrent users as well as ISPs and other entities from knowing what you do online.
  • Hiding IP addresses: A VPN masks your real IP address, making it difficult for anyone to trace your internet activity back to you. In a torrent swarm, other users will only see the VPN server’s IP address, not yours.
  • Additional Layers of Security: Extra fetures like a no-logs policy, an emergency kill switch and safe browsing protection that stop access to known malicious sites can protect your privacy and prevent certain cyber attacks.

How about we go into greater detail on this?

Risks associated with torrenting

Let’s take a closer look at the main risks of torrenting and how the above-mentioned VPN features might help stop them or at least diminish their impact.

Data leaks

When you participate in a torrent swarm, your IP address becomes visible to all other peers. This exposure can lead to targeted cyber attacks or doxxing

Just last month, a security vulnerability in a WiHD, a French video torrent community exposed the data of 97,327 accounts .

The data included usernames, emails, IPs, ISP information, and even passwords.

➡ A VPN for torrenting encrypts your internet traffic, which means that even if a data breach occurs, the information intercepted by hackers would be heavily modified and, therefore, much less useful. 

Basically, your activity will appear as unreadable text that can’t be deciphered.

Your real IP address and location remain hidden, protecting your identity and download history.

Downloading copyrighted material through torrents without permission can lead to legal notices, lawsuits, hefty fines, and (rarely) even jail time. 

These consequences vary depending on the country and the situation. The US, UK, and Germany are among the countries with the harshest punishments.

For instance 2009, a Minnesota woman was fined $1.9 million for downloading 24 songs via a file-sharing service.

On the other hand, some countries do on paper have privacy laws but don’t do much to actually enforce them.

➡ While a VPN does not legalize the download of copyrighted material, it can help protect your privacy by hiding your IP address while downloading and encrypting activity.

This makes it more difficult for copyright holders and authorities to track your torrenting activity. Not knowing who’s torrenting makes it impossible to enforce any legal action.

That said, it’s best you stray away from illegal torrenting altogether. Always check the description and the comments of the torrent files before you download them to make sure you stay within the limits of the law.

ISP throttling and bans

Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) monitor P2P traffic and may throttle your internet speeds or ban your service for torrenting. 

P2P isn’t illegal in itself, so the reason why ISPs do this is actually to manage their networks.

Torrenting requires a lot of network resources and can lead to an overall slower connection for all subscribers of the ISP. So they identify torrenting/P2P and artificially slow it down.

A notable example is when Comcast was caught throttling BitTorrent traffic in 2007, which led to an FCC investigation.

Comcast initially denied that they were specifically targeting BitTorrent traffic but later admitted to “delaying” peer-to-peer communications as a form of network management.

➡ A VPN encrypts your internet traffic, making it difficult for your ISP to discern the nature of your online activities and apply throttling measures.

Minimize the impact of cyber attacks

Don’t get me wrong. A VPN isn’t able to detect and block viruses, but it can in some ways secure your connection so if you get a virus, the impact won’t be as big.

Torrent files can be a breeding ground for malware phishing attacks, viruses, and other malicious software. 

Not all torrent sites provide legal and regulated torrent files, so if you’re not playing safe, you may compromise your device, along with all personal data on it.

For instance,  a poisoned BitTorrent client incident in 2018 led to a malware outbreak that attempted to infect 400,000 PCs, as reported by Tripwire.

➡️ While a VPN does not prevent malware per se, it can provide an added layer of security when combined with reputable antivirus software. 

It can prevent accidental downloads from unsecured websites by allowing access to safer torrent sites that may not be available in your area. Furthermore, many VPNs do nowadays employ extra security features for safer browsing.

When you enable these, the VPN will stop you from accessing sites that were associated with viruses, phishing, or other forms of cyber threats in the past.

Network security

Using torrents can also pose a risk to network security, especially if you’re on a corporate or public network. 

This can not only affect your device and data but can also be compromising for other people connected to the same network.

➡ If you accidentally download compromised software, a VPN’s encryption can act as a barrier.

It will make it more difficult for attackers to exploit vulnerabilities in your network and get ahold of private information or compromise devices.

That said, it can’t stop or remove the virus. For that, you’ll need a strong antivirus and potentially professional help.

How to stay safe when torrenting

⚠️ Disclaimer: We do not condone illegal torrenting, and using a VPN to engage in such activities is not encouraged.⚠️ 

To torrent safely and minimize risks, consider the following practical tips:

Use a reliable VPN

Now, using a VPN is essential, but not just about VPN will work. You’ll have to use a premium-level VPN with built-in privacy features.

Always use a reputable VPN with a kill switch

This feature cuts down your internet connection if the VPN stops. Basically, it prevents you from downloading torrents when you’re not protected by the VPN.

This will therefore prevent data leaks in case of disconnections. Your IP address and torrenting activity remain completely confidential.

Furthermore, it’s essential to use a VPN that keeps no activity logs.

This essentially means that the service itself doesn’t know and cannot know what you do online. This will prevent them from sharing your data, even if legally bound, because there’s no data to begin with.

Lastly, good encryption algorithms are a must. The VPN you use should employ unbreakable options such as ChaCha 20 or AES-256 bit. These are practically indecipherable.

As much as I like free stuff, the sad truth is you won’t find a good torrenting VPN that’s free.

Free VPNs either don’t have enough data to support torrenting, log, and sell your data, or are simply very slow for any downloading to actually take place.

But if you want to save some bucks, you can get good deals if you subscribe for a longer period of tie.

Look into P2P-friendly VPNs

Select a VPN that is friendly to peer-to-peer traffic and does not throttle bandwidth or block torrent traffic.

These special VPNs come with a bunch of advantages. They’re super fast, and they don’t crash easily, so you can share files without any problems.

One important feature to look for in a VPN that claims to be P2P friendly is special servers that are set up just for sharing files.

Verify Torrent sources

Only download torrents from reputable sources.

Look for verified uploaders or sites with user ratings and feedback. If you notice any comments that say the file is malicious or infected, click away.

The tricky part about torrent sites is that many host both legal and illegal torrents.

Because many of these files operate by allowing users to share files without much intervention, some may share unsafe or unrightfully owned torrent files.

Some reputable torrent sites that you can trust include:

  1. Internet Archive: The Internet Archive’s “Wayback Machine” includes a vast collection of public domain content, including books, music, movies, and more. You can find these items available for free download through their torrent service.
  2. Public Domain Torrents: This site offers a collection of classic movies and videos that are in the public domain. You can download these movies legally and for free.
  3. Legit Torrents: Legit Torrents hosts a collection of legally available software, games, music, and more. It’s a platform for open-source and freely distributable content.
  4. Jamendo: Jamendo is a music platform that allows artists to share their music for free. You can legally download and share music from independent artists under Creative Commons licenses.
  5. Linux Distros: Many Linux distributions, like Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora, are distributed via torrents. Downloading these Linux distributions via torrents is not only legal but also often faster and more reliable.
  6. Etree: Etree is a community-driven site focused on sharing live concert recordings, particularly from bands that allow fans to record their shows. It’s a legal resource for concert enthusiasts.
  7. Project Gutenberg: Project Gutenberg offers a vast collection of free public-domain eBooks. You can download classic literature and other written works legally.
  8. Bitlove: Bitlove is a platform for subscribing to podcasts through torrents. It allows you to legally download podcast episodes via BitTorrent.

Run antivirus scans

Always scan downloaded files with reliable antivirus software before opening them. If it finds something, make sure to remove any trace of the file from your computer as soon as possible.

For best security, enable real-time protection on your antivirus.

These days, most anti-malware and antivirus software have this feature. Even built-in tools like Windows Defender have it.

Stay informed

Be aware of the copyright laws in your country and stay updated on the legalities of the content you’re downloading.

As I mentioned, it cannot always be easy to tell which torrents are legal and which are not.

But, as a rule of thumb, if the source you’re getting your torrent from doesn’t disclose whether it’s legally distributed or is vague about this information, then they probably have no right to share that file.

How different countries approach illegal torrenting

Using a VPN when torrenting is generally a good idea wherever you are. However the risks may be higher if you live in countries with heavy regulations against copyrighted downloads.

The approach to illegal torrenting varies by country, with each jurisdiction enforcing its copyright laws and internet regulations differently:

  • United States: The U.S. has a “three-strikes” policy in place, and ISPs may be required to hand over the details of suspected infringers to copyright holders. Repeat infringers can face termination of their internet service.
  • European Union: Many EU countries have strict copyright laws, and users can face hefty fines. For instance, in Germany, users can receive “Abmahnungen,” legal notices that demand payment for copyright infringement.
  • United Kingdom: In the UK, the Digital Economy Act aims to combat copyright infringement. ISPs send out “educational” letters to users suspected of illegal downloading. While these letters do not demand payment or threaten legal action, they serve as a warning, and persistent infringement could lead to further measures.
  • India: Copyright infringement is a serious offense in India, and ISPs are required to have a due diligence framework to ensure compliance with copyright laws. Users found torrenting copyrighted material can face fines and imprisonment. However, enforcement varies across the country, and the use of VPNs is widespread.
  • Asia: Countries like Japan and South Korea have very stringent anti-piracy laws. Japan criminalizes illegal downloading, with penalties including fines and imprisonment. South Korea operates a “three-strikes” policy similar to that of the United States.

The use of VPNs in these countries can provide a layer of privacy and security for internet users.

However, it’s important to note that while a VPN can hide your IP address and encrypt your internet traffic, it does not make illegal activities legal.

Responsible use of torrenting technology, with a clear understanding of the laws in your country, is essential.


Do you need a VPN for torrenting? If you’re concerned about privacy, security, and the potential legal implications of torrenting, the answer is a resounding yes. A VPN can provide the necessary shield and peace of mind to enjoy the benefits of torrenting without the associated risks. However, it’s important to use this technology responsibly and to respect copyright laws. Remember, the goal is to stay safe and legal in the vast world of the internet.

When choosing a VPN for torrenting, look for one that supports secure protocols, has a no-logs policy, and offers high-speed connections. By taking these precautions and following the practical advice provided, you can ensure that your torrenting experience is both safe and enjoyable.

Can Internet Providers Ban VPN Users? [All You Need to Know]

Today, every click, every search, every download feels monitored – it’s as if unseen eyes are always watching.

The solution?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN).

VPNs hide our online footprints, offering safety from the prying world. Still, can our ISPs ban us for seeking privacy?

Let’s find out!

Can ISPs Ban VPN Users?

Technically, ISPs have the capability to detect VPN traffic and might take action based on their policies or local regulations. However, outright banning a user solely for using a VPN is rare.

Here’s why:

  1. Legitimate uses: VPNs are essential tools for businesses, allowing employees to access company networks securely from remote locations. Banning VPNs would adversely affect these legitimate users.
  2. Consumer backlash: With increasing awareness about online privacy, any move to ban VPNs could result in significant consumer backlash and potential loss of customers.
  3. Legal implications: In many countries, the use of VPNs is entirely legal, and any move to ban them could result in legal challenges.

Why are Internet Providers Concerned About VPN Usage?

There are several reasons why an internet service provider (ISP) might be wary of VPN users:

  1. Loss of data insight: Like social media, ISPs often track user data for various reasons, including selling it to advertisers. VPNs prevent them from accessing this data.
  2. Bandwidth concerns: Some users employ VPNs to download or stream large amounts of content, which can strain the ISP’s network.
  3. Legal and regulatory issues: In some regions, the use of VPNs is restricted or banned, and ISPs might be obligated to enforce these regulations.

How ISPs Block VPNs

Understanding how ISPs detect and block VPNs can be crucial for users who rely on these tools for privacy and security.

Here’s a breakdown of the common methods ISPs employ:

  1. Port blocking: VPNs use specific ports to connect to the internet. ISPs can block these standard ports, preventing VPN traffic from passing through. For instance, the OpenVPN protocol typically uses port 1194. By blocking this port, ISPs can effectively disrupt OpenVPN connections.
  2. Deep packet inspection (DPI): DPI is a more advanced method where the ISP examines the data packets sent through their network. By analyzing these packets, ISPs can determine if the traffic is coming from a VPN network and subsequently block or throttle it. DPI can differentiate between regular web traffic and VPN encrypted traffic, making it a potent tool for ISPs.
  3. IP address blacklisting: ISPs maintain a list of known VPN server IP addresses. By blocking traffic to and from these IPs, they can prevent users from connecting to popular VPN services.
  4. Traffic analysis: By monitoring the amount and frequency of data being transferred, ISPs can make educated guesses about VPN usage.
  5. Blocking VPN websites: A more direct approach is to block access to VPN provider websites altogether. By doing so, users can’t sign up for the service or download the necessary software in the first place.

What to do if Your ISP Restricts VPN Usage

Finding out that your ISP is restricting your VPN usage can be frustrating, especially if you rely on it for privacy or to access certain content.

If you’re facing this issue, don’t worry. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help even the most novice users navigate this challenge:

1. Switch VPN Protocols

  • Step 1: Open your VPN application. This can usually be found in your computer’s system tray or on your mobile device’s home screen.
  • Step 2: Navigate to the settings or preferences section of the application.
  • Step 3: Look for an option labeled “Protocol” or something similar.
PIA protocols
  • Step 4: You’ll likely see options like OpenVPN, L2TP, WireGuard, etc. Switch to a different protocol from the one you’re currently using.
  • Step 5: Reconnect your VPN and test to see if the connection is now stable.

2. Use a Different Port

  • Step 1: In your VPN application, head back to the settings or preferences section.
  • Step 2: Find an option that allows you to customize the port number.
  • Step 3: Change the port number. For instance, if you’re using OpenVPN, it typically uses port 1194. You can try changing it to 443, which is the standard port for HTTPS traffic and is less likely to be blocked.
OpenVPN local port
  • Step 4: Save your changes and reconnect your VPN to test the new port.

3. Contact Your ISP

  • Step 1: Find the customer service number for your ISP. This can usually be found on your monthly bill or on their official website.
  • Step 2: Call the number and, when prompted, choose the option to speak with a customer service representative.
  • Step 3: Politely explain that you’re having trouble using your VPN and ask if there are any restrictions in place.
  • Step 4: Listen to their response. They might offer a solution, clarify their policy, or provide information on why the restriction is in place.

4. Consider Changing ISPs

  • Step 1: Research other ISPs available in your area. Look for providers known for being VPN-friendly.
  • Step 2: Read reviews and see if other customers have had issues with VPN restrictions.
  • Step 3: Once you’ve identified a potential new ISP, contact them to inquire about their policies on VPNs.
  • Step 4: If satisfied, proceed with the steps to switch providers. This may involve scheduling an installation appointment and terminating your contract with your current ISP.

Final words

While ISPs have the technical capability to detect and potentially restrict VPN usage, outright bans are rare.

VPNs offer numerous legitimate benefits, and any move to ban them would likely face significant challenges. If you’re experiencing issues with your VPN, consider the steps mentioned above to ensure a smooth and private online experience.

How to Fix Open Proxy Error On Instagram [5 Working Methods]

Are you wondering how to fix the open proxy error on Instagram? Count yourself lucky.

The social media network usually flags suspicious IP addresses over shady activities. But sometimes, this might happen in error, locking you out of the platform.

Thankfully, there are different ways around this problem. So, let’s find out why it happens and how to resolve it.

But first, the basics.

What is the Instagram open proxy error?

The Instagram open proxy error alert appears whenever the platform flags your IP. When that happens, you’ll see the following message: 

The IP address you are using has been flagged as an open proxy. If you believe this to be incorrect, please visit

This means Instagram blocked your IP address due to suspicious activities. Accordingly, it enforces such measures to protect other users on the platform. 

But why does this happen?

Why Instagram flags your IP as an open proxy

There are several reasons why Instagram flags users for using open proxies. The common ones include:

  • Spam prevention: Open proxies are often used to create multiple fake accounts and automate likes, comments, and follows. Accordingly, Instagram can block you from engaging in such behaviors.
  • Security concerns: Malicious users often use open proxies to launch attacks and engage in fraud. The platform’s system will block your IP if you’re suspected of doing the same. 
  • Geographical restrictions: Some users employ open proxies to access content that might be geographically restricted. Instagram will lock you out without hesitation if you’re one of them. 
  • Erroneous blacklisting: Instagram can mistakenly suspect you of engaging in activities that break its terms. As such, it may associate your connection with an open proxy and block you.
  • Using a spammed IP: Internet service providers (ISPs) usually change user IPs regularly. Therefore, you may end up with an address previously spammed by another customer. 

But guess what? There’s more than one way to evade this restriction and continue using Instagram.

Let’s check them out.

How to fix the open proxy error on Instagram

Here are the different workarounds to fix Instagram’s open proxy error. 

Clear Instagram cache

When you use the Instagram app, it stores bits of information to enhance user experience. Also known as cache, it may include vital data, including your IP history.

This can build over time and cause issues like the open proxy error. However, clearing it from your device can help resolve such problems. 

Alternatively, consider uninstalling and reinstalling the application. This is handy for iPhone/iPad users where deleting cache isn’t possible.

This action will clear all stored data, giving you a fresh start. You’ll be required to re-login to continue using Instagram.

Contact your ISP

Every device on the web has an IP address that serves as a unique identifier. It comes from ISPs and enables platforms like Instagram to distinguish the users.

So, it’s necessary to contact your internet service provider if yours gets flagged. They can offer insights into why that might have happened. 

Perhaps the IP address you were assigned was previously used for suspicious activities. Or maybe it’s just a false positive that might clear after some time. 

Your ISP can resolve the issue by assigning you a new IP address. As such, you’ll appreciate accessing Instagram without worries.

Change DNS settings

The domain name system (DNS) is like the internet’s phonebook. It translates web server IPs into domain names, making it easy for you and me to remember. 

Computers normally rely on DNS to identify each other on a network. An incorrect or slow DNS server can sometimes cause errors like the one on Instagram.

Switching to a more reliable provider like Smart DNS Proxy can help resolve the problem. It offers secure, fast, and reliable DNSs designed for web browsing. 

Here’s how to do it on your router:

  1. Go to Smart DNS Proxy and sign up for an account.
  2. Pick a server location from its server list and note down its addresses.SmartDNS server list
  3. Log into your router’s control panel.
  4. Locate the DNS option under Settings.locate dns options on your router's settings
  5. Provide the primary and secondary DNS issued by Smart DNS Proxy.change the dns settings on your router
  6. Save the changes and reboot the router. 

The above options can vary from one device to another. Luckily, Smart DNS Proxy lists multiple configuration options on its support pages.

Use a reliable proxy server

If you’re facing Instagram’s open proxy issues, you might be using a low-quality provider. Switching to a reliable proxy server can resolve this problem. 

I recommend using Smartproxy, which is among the best on the market. It offers 40+ million high-quality proxies available in over 195 countries.

They’re spam-free and ethically sourced from reliable suppliers. As such, you’re less likely to encounter IP bans on Instagram.

Just follow the steps below:

  1. Sign up for Smartproxy.
  2. Check your account for your proxy’s username and password. 
  3. Open Network & internet settings on your device.
  4. Choose Proxy and select Manual Setup.choose manual proxy setup
  5. Turn ON the proxy.
  6. Enter the proxy address and port number accessible from your Smartproxy account, then Save.enter smartproxy address and port number
  7. Open Instagram on your device and provide the user credentials obtained in Step 2. 
  8. Enjoy engaging with others on Instagram like before.


Pick from millions of IPs and get back on Instagram in no time with Smartproxy.

Use a VPN

A virtual private network (VPN) is a service that almost resembles a proxy. However, it offers better encryption and security, which enhances trust on the internet.

It comes with tons of IPs for masking your ISP-assigned address. By using one, you’ll stand a chance to evade Instagram’s open proxy-related issues. 

If that sounds like a good idea, get NordVPN. The vendor offers about 6,000 ultra-fast and privacy-friendly servers.

You get unlimited bandwidth to browse the internet without restrictions. Moreover, it supports six simultaneous connections for using Instagram across multiple devices.

Follow the guide below to use a VPN:

  1. Go to NordVPN and sign up.nordvpn login
  2. Download and install the application.
  3. Run the app and log in to your account.
  4. Choose a server from the available locations and connect.nordvpn server in usa
  5. Access Instagram using a secure and spam-free IP address.


Bypass all sorts of blocks and bans with this secure and reliable VPN.

How to prevent Instagram’s open proxy error

Check out the below tips for avoiding open proxy errors on Instagram.

Get a dedicated IP address

In case you didn’t know, most ISPs provide users with shared IPs. But you can get a dedicated address that’s exclusive to your device.

You reduce the chances of being flagged on Instagram when using one. Still, ensure you keep it clean by avoiding suspicious online activities.    

Cover your digital fingerprints

Any time you’re on the internet, you leave behind digital fingerprints. They contain details traceable back to you from your online activities.

That’s how platforms like Instagram and others alike track their users. The good news? Covering your tracks on the web is super easy.

smartproxy unique fingerprints for each session

You can do it using an anti-detection browser like Smartproxy’s X. It supports multiple profile creation, each bearing unique fingerprints. 

That way, it’ll be extremely difficult for Instagram to track your activities. Sadly, you’ll have to access the platform via the web, not the app.  

Automate your Instagram account

You probably have multiple Instagram profiles. Accessing them from the same device can be mistaken for spamming.

As such, switch to automating your accounts to avoid open proxy issues. Some services to help you include Social Pilot, Tailwind, and Hootsuite.  

With their help, you can operate as many accounts as you want. You can schedule posts, track your audience, engage followers, and more.

The best part is you won’t need to log into your Instagram. That’s because the platforms provide an intuitive Instagram-like dashboard to use.

Play by the rules

Like all platforms, Instagram has a set of guidelines for users to follow. These rules are in place to keep the social media network safe. 

Engaging in spamming, excessive use of automation, and posting prohibited content can cause trouble. To prevent this,  familiarize yourself with the community guidelines.

Switch ISPs

Consider switching your ISP to a different vendor. You stand a higher chance of getting a spam-free IP address.


You came here asking how to fix the open proxy error on Instagram. While it can be troublesome, it’s not that hard to resolve.

Clearing Instagram’s app cache or reinstalling it is the easier way out. Requesting for a change of IP from your ISP works as well.

Alternatively, you may have to switch DNS to a robust provider. Or else, get a reliable proxy provider or switch to a VPN.

Regardless of your choice, ensure you steer clear of any suspicious activities. It’s the safest way to avoid open proxy issues on Instagram.

Best VPN Protocol for Streaming [Tests and Comparison]

When picking the best VPN protocol for streaming, you need to keep both performance and compatibility in mind.

To help you make the right choice, I tested the most popular protocols across different services to see which performs the best in terms of speed and reliability.

You should see what I found out!

Best protocol for streaming with a VPN

To test the speed of different VPN protocols, I used four popular VPN services: ExpressVPN, NordVPN, PIA (Private Internet Access), and CyberGhost.

How? I connected to the same server location with each VPN and used the different protocols available. 

Then, I measured the download speed using while streaming a 4K video on YouTube.

Here are the results with a base download speed of 83.62 Mbps:

ProtocolExpressVPN NordVPNPIACyberGhostSecurityCompatibility
Lightway (UDP)64.63 MbpsN/AN/AN/AHighHigh
Lightway (TCP)75.97 MbpsN/AN/AN/AHighHigh
OpenVPN 71 Mbps85.27 Mbps33.50 Mbps25.54 MbpsHighHigh
NordLynxN/A78.66 MbpsN/AN/AHighHigh
IKEv2/IPSecN/AN/A62 Mbps63. 42 MbpsHighMedium
WireGuardN/AN/A77.02 Mbps64.74 MbpsHighHigh

Based on these results, here are the five best protocols for streaming with a VPN:

ProtocolAverage Speed (Mbps)
NordLynx78 Mbps
Lightway70 Mbps
WireGuard70  Mbps
IKEv2/IPSec62 Mbps
OpenVPN UDP54 Mbps

Analysis of the top protocols

Apart from streaming speed, each protocol has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on your preferences and needs. 

Let’s take a closer look at each option to see what they are and what they offer.

1. NordLynx

nordlynx protocol speed test

NordVPN has its own innovative protocol called NordLynx based on WireGuard technology. 

It uses additional obfuscation techniques to avoid VPN blocking by streaming services. 

NordLynx delivered remarkable speeds in our tests, averaging 78 Mbps—fast enough for the highest video quality. 

This combination of reliability and performance makes it the top choice for streaming.

2. WireGuard

WireGuard is an innovative VPN protocol that promises to offer the best of both worlds: high security and high speed. 

It uses state-of-the-art ChaCha20-authenticated cryptography and a simple, lightweight design to achieve fast and secure data transmission. 

Furthermore, it’s compatible with most platforms and most streaming services.

From analysis, WireGuard delivers data fast (70 Mbps average), which ensures smooth streaming sessions without compromising security or reliability.

wireguard speed test

However, it’s not supported by all VPN services. 

3. Lightway

ExpressVPN’s proprietary Lightway protocol is built from the ground up with speed in mind. 

It leverages WolfSSL cryptography to provide robust security while maintaining blazing-fast connection speeds

Additionally, this protocol is engineered specifically to avoid throttling or blocking by major streaming platforms through its obfuscated design.

In my testing, Lightway averaged download speeds of 70 Mbps, making it excellent for smooth HD and 4K streaming. 

lightway speed test

However, the custom Lightway protocol is only available to ExpressVPN users.

4. IKEv2/IPSec

IKEv2/IPSec (Internet Key Exchange version 2/Internet Protocol Security) offers high encryption and authentication and fast and stable performance.

It’s also compatible with most platforms and devices, as it can switch between networks without losing the connection.

This protocol is ideal for streaming on mobile devices, as it can handle network changes and interruptions without affecting the speed or quality of the stream. 

In my testing, KEv2/IPSec gave an average download speed of 64 Mbps, which is good enough for streaming.

ikev2 speed test

However, one drawback of IKEv2 is its exclusive use on port 500

This can be exploited by streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu, or BBC iPlayer, who have the option to block the port.

5. OpenVPN

openvpn speed test results

OpenVPN supports both the TCP and UDP transport protocols. This allows users to choose the one that best suits their needs. 

For instance, UDP is typically faster and more suitable for streaming, while TCP is more reliable but may be slower

Here are more details on each:

OpenVPN TCP (Transmission Control Protocol)

OpenVPN TCP differs from UDP in how it handles data transmission. It checks for errors and resends lost packets, which means it can ensure data integrity and reliability. 

However, this also means it may be slower and less smooth than OpenVPN UDP.

OpenVPN TCP is ideal for situations where reliability is more important than speed, such as browsing sensitive websites. 

But, it may not be the best choice for streaming, as it may cause buffering or lagging issues.

OpenVPN UDP (User Datagram Protocol)

OpenVPN UDP is one of the most widely used VPN protocols. It offers a high level of security and encryption, along with good speed and reliability. 

It’s also compatible with most platforms, devices, and streaming services.

OpenVPN UDP is ideal for streaming because it prioritizes speed over reliability. Unlike the TCP version, it doesn’t check for errors or resend lost packets, which means it can deliver data faster and smoother.

However, this also means it may not work well on unstable or congested networks, where packets may get lost or corrupted.

How to choose the best protocol for streaming with a VPN

When selecting a VPN protocol for streaming, there are a few key factors to consider based on your specific needs and setup.

Here are some general tips:

  • Evaluate your internet speed: Faster connections can better handle protocols like WireGuard. Slower ones may need OpenVPN
  • Consider the level of security you want: Some protocols, such as OpenVPN UDP, prioritize speed over encryption.
  • Check device and platform compatibility: Some protocols work better on certain devices. For instance, newer protocols like WireGuard or IKEv2 may not support some older devices.
  • Research if your streaming services block protocols: WireGuard/NordLynx can usually avoid blocks, while IKEv2 may be prone to blocks.
  • See which protocols your VPN provider offers: Most don’t cover all protocols. And some options like Lightway and NordLynx, are only available on ExpresVPN and NordVPN, respectively.
  • Test different protocols to compare speeds: Connect to the same server to see which delivers the best results.
  • Check for reliability issues: Some protocols are more prone to packet losses.
  • Consider the cost: Some providers, like ExpressVPN and NordVPN, charge more than their competitors.


Streaming with a VPN can enhance your experience by allowing you to access more content from different regions. 

However, not all VPN protocols are suitable for the job. While some may prioritize speed, others are more well-suited for privacy and security.

I’ve helped you evaluate the best VPN protocols for streaming—NordLynx, Lightway, and WireGuard came up as the top 3. 

If you choose from any of them, I’m sure you’ll enjoy high-quality streaming without buffering or interruptions.

Telegram Not Working in Parts of Russia

The Telegram app stopped working in the southern parts of Russia on October 30. The potential causes haven’t been resolved yet.

In fact, more and more users are reporting that the app isn’t working.

Telegram unresponsive in regions close to Dagestan

Residents of the southern regions of Russia are saying that Telegram has been unresponsive for two days now. Over 16,000 complaints have been registered yesterday alone.

Users have trouble accessing chats, sending and receiving messages, and loading photos and videos.

Most of the complaints come from the Krasnodar region (37%), Rostov region (15%), and Stavropol region (10%). However, the problem exists in other areas as well, including Moscow and St. Petersburg.

According to some reports, the malfunction may be connected with the recent events in Makhachkala. Over 60 people have been arrested after storming the city airport and protesting following an arrival from Tel Aviv on October 30.

There are also rumors that the authorities jammed communications during the riots to make it difficult for protestors to coordinate.

Cybersecurity expert, Alexey Kurochkin, said that he believes Telegram doesn’t have anything to do with the failure. This is evidenced by the fact that the app still operates normally in other territories.

Experts have assured users that their data will remain safe even while the app is down. They believe this to be the case as Telegram uses double encryption and other strong security systems.

Telecommunications companies Tele2, VimpelCom, and MegaFon have all confirmed that the unavailability of the app isn’t related to the operations of their networks.

The State Duma said that the failure of Telegram in the southern territories isn’t connected to a Roskomnadzor blocking unless a court decision was made, which hasn’t been confirmed.

Deputy head of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Oleg Matveychev, stated that Roskomnadzor operates only according to the law. He said that if the authorities haven’t given any orders to the court, this may indeed be a Telegram failure.

However, with the responses from officials being rather vague, many Russians still believe that the government has blocked/disrupted Telegram in regions close to Dagestan.

After the Makhachkala airport incident, Telegram founder and CEO, Pavel Durov, said that the app will ban channels calling for violence, such as those making threats against Jewish communities in Dagestan.

Is it possible to get Telegram working in these areas?

Users on various forums have commented that they’ve tried updating the app and their phone systems to resolve the issue but had no luck. Some were even scared that they’d received a ban from the app.

If this is indeed a geo-restriction, using a VPN to bypass it is the most straightforward solution.

While some users have mentioned this worked for them, others have said they still find Telegram unresponsive even after changing their location with a VPN.

Some comments hint at using the app’s web version in combination with a VPN as the most likely way to access the platform at the moment.

It’s also important to keep in mind that only some VPNs would be able to get around this problem.

Oleg Matveychev stated that Roskomnadzor now has a list of VPNs that are ready to comply with the country’s laws. He said these providers are willing to restrict access to the content the authorities want to block.

However, the list of these VPNs hasn’t been made public.

Following the Makhachkala airport incident, the State Duma deputy from Dagestan, Sultan Khamzaev, asked to prohibit VPNs that allow access to resources the government blocks.

Since 2021, the country is believed to have blocked 167 VPN services. Recently, Russia started blocking VPN protocols such as OpenVPN and WireGuard.

Telegram in Russia

Telegram has continuously grown in Russia, especially after other social networks left the country following the war with Ukraine. As of 2023, it has over 48.8 million daily users, which translates to about 40% of the country’s population.

Companies also started implementing it in their operations and families use it to stay in touch. Some Russians even work in commercial Telegram chats.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that so many questions have arisen about why the app isn’t working.

The last time something like this happened was on August 21, when the app was unavailable for about an hour.

10 Best Rotating Proxy Providers [I tested 35+ Vendors]

Are you searching for the best rotating proxy providers? I know how tough it can be in an already flooded market.

But count yourself lucky.

I’ve worked with tons of vendors over the past five years. So, I can recommend the most reliable ones with confidence. 

For this review, I went out of my way to test 35+ proxy providers. My evaluation was based on: 

  • Ease of use
  • Network coverage
  • Reliability
  • Pricing
  • Customer support 

You’ll also find a buyer’s guide to help you in decision-making. Ready? Let’s get down to business.

Best rotating proxies

Below rounds up the best rotating proxy vendors on the market. 

What is a rotating proxy?

A rotating proxy is a remote server that changes the client’s IP addresses when processing internet requests. This happens automatically or within the time frame set by the user.  

The constant shift of IPs helps with improving your privacy and security. As such, this makes it difficult for web services to track your activities.

Rotating proxies come from either residential or data center sources. The first option belongs to real user devices, making them more expensive.

The second alternative comprises IPs virtually generated in bulk from data centers. As such, it’s more affordable and suitable for scaling projects on demand.

Other providers also offer mobile proxies originating from 3G/4G/5G carriers. While they’re versatile for scrapping complex websites, their prices are steep.

Now, scoot over, and let’s explore the providers up close.

Rotating proxy service reviews

As I said, finding a reliable vendor for rotating proxies is challenging. But my findings below should help you narrow down your choices.


Smartproxy is a robust, budget-friendly solution for rotating proxies. It offers over 65 million IPs, including residential, mobile, and data centers.

The vendor sources its proxy addresses from vetted and clean sources. This ensures they’re spam-free, which wins trust on the web.

Getting onboard is super simple, thanks to the easy registration process. You’ll also find a clean user dashboard that’s novice-friendly.

Under the hood, you get advanced targeting to leap between 195+ locations worldwide. Configuring regions and targeting zip codes in areas like the United States is easy.

There’s the option of choosing a random rotation of proxies. However, I preferred the ability to swap IPs using sticky sessions more.

Mobile proxies take things up a notch with access to 700+ carriers globally. You can filter queries by operating system, internet service provider (ISP), and country level.

And it gets better. 

Network uptime during my tests was 100%, better than the company’s 99.99% promise. Moreover, the average response time of less than a second was amazing.

The success rate of requests is equally worth your attention. I got an average of 99.50%, which ranks among the industry’s best.

But Smartproxy doesn’t stop there. 

The vendor provides nifty tools to make your work easier. These include a dedicated X Browser for creating multiple profiles with unique fingerprints.

There are also dedicated extensions for web browsers like Chrome and Firefox. This ensures you keep your device clutter-free by avoiding unwanted software installations.

Additionally, the endpoint code generator is ideal if you’re a developer. It’s compatible with scripts such as cURL, Python, NodeJS, PHP, and Go.

Apart from that, I had the best experience when it comes to customer support. The agents are available on chat 24/7 and always ready to help.

The starting price of $8.5/month suits beginners and experts. A 14-day money-back guarantee is available to test the service without worries.



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Oxylabs is a top-of-the-range rotating proxy vendor for businesses of all sizes. It boasts wide network coverage of over 100 million IPs in 195+ countries.

The provider’s IP sources are clean, on encountering bans and online CAPTCHAs won’t be a thing.

Automatic proxy rotation is available out of the box. Still, you can configure sticky sessions for up to 30 minutes. 

One thing I liked about the proxies is they’re fast, averaging response times of 0.6 seconds. Moreover, my tests show Oxylabs has a near 100% success rate. 

Multiple connection protocols are available onboard, starting with HTTP for web scrapping. There are also HTTPS and SOCKS5 for tasks that require secure connections, like social media management.

geo-location settings oxylabs

Geo-targeting comes in handy for narrowing down your activities to specific regions. Oxylabs currently offers targeting by countries, cities, and zip codes.

There’s more.

Oxylabs offers dedicated data center proxies. These come with non-shared resources available to you for superior performance. 

Its $180/month starting price might scare away most users. But you can go for shared data center, mobile, and residential proxies that cost from $10/month.

Away from pricing, using Oxylab’s web unblocker is pure bliss. From experience, it’s developer-friendly and supports different integrations like Java, NodeJS, GO, etc. 

The application processing interface (API) is equally worth the mention. You can pair it with third-party software, perfect for SEO, market intelligence, and bulk data scrapping.   

But that’s not all. 

The vendor provides a dedicated extension for Chromium-based browsers. Additionally, there’s a proxy rotator for switching data center IPs on the fly.   

The free proxy manager for Android is another tool that impressed me. You can use it alongside any other service other than Oxylabs. 

Sounds good, right? 

Customer support is equally impressive. The agents are generous and handle technical issues with speed.


NetNut is another rotating proxy provider with a vast global reach. Its network comprises over 52 million proxies available in 200+ countries.

The service supports multiple connection protocols. These include HTTP for speed, and HTTPS and SOCKS5 for secure connectivity. 

Scaling tasks with NetNut is a walk in the park. You can launch unlimited simultaneous requests for running infinite tasks.

I also found the proxy generator useful if you’re running short of time. It can create proxies based on coding languages like PHP, Python, Ruby, etc.

netnut's proxy generator

But wait, there’s more.   

NetNut’s network uptime is among the industry’s best at 99.99%. Furthermore, it employs a hybrid peer-to-peer (P2P) and ISP-based architecture for robust performance.

One-hop connectivity turbocharges the speeds by providing a direct connection to proxies. Likewise, it guarantees lower latency and high reliability to run tasks efficiently.  

True to that, quick checks generated response times averaging 0.5 seconds. The 99.95% success rate of requests was equally good as well. 

The rotating proxies additionally come with anti-bot detection and a bypasser for CAPTCHAs. With this, you will access websites like regular users and unblock geo-restricted content.

Besides that, the user dashboard is intuitive and user-friendly. It even has a dark mode to shield your eyes from screen glare. 

Customer support doesn’t fall short of impressive. They’re available 24/7 via WhatsApp, Skype, Discord, and live chat.

Sadly, the starting price of $300/month for rotating proxies needs deep pockets. This is ideal for agencies, professionals, and enterprises.

The good thing is you can request a 7-day trial to test the waters.

Bright Data

Bright Data is a leading enterprise-grade rotating proxy provider on the market. It has over 350 million IPs, which is second to none.

Even with such a large network, the 99.99% uptime is exceptional. The success rate for scraping the web is just as good.

You can target any country based on cities, zip codes, and mobile carriers. There’s also room to restrict your choice of operating systems as well.

Scaling up your queries won’t be a problem with unlimited concurrent requests. Moreover, support for longer sessions ensures you obtain accurate data. 

The proxy manager is another thing that’s cool about this service. It helps access all your proxies, automate queries, and troubleshoot issues.

Here’s where it gets exciting. 

Bright Data has readily available datasets to help you save time and money. These cover different industries and popular platforms like Amazon, TikTok, Linkedin, etc.

bright data dataset templates

This vendor also provides prebuilt templates to gather data. Alternatively, you can create yours from scratch with zero coding skills.

Developers can make good use of the scrapping browser to automate web scraping. Unfortunately, it’s barebones and doesn’t come close to Smartproxy’s X Browser.

The good thing is Bright Data has volumes of documentation for its services. These include FAQs, how-to guides, and a dedicated YouTube channel

On the downside, the vendor doesn’t provide live chat support. This can be a deal breaker if you value speedy problem resolution. 

But the volume-based pricing might convince you to jump on board. Plans start from $0.6/GB, which is attractive to everyone. 

Even with the low pricing, the company has a 7-day trial to explore everything.


IPRoyal home page

IPRoyal is another pocket-friendly provider of rotating proxies. Its prices start from $1.39/proxy, which includes unlimited traffic for worry-free web scraping.

The provider has a pool of over 8 million IPs available in 195+ countries. Like other vendors, it ethically sources them from premium suppliers worldwide.

All proxies support the SOCKS5 connection protocol by default. This helps provide superior security and privacy when scraping the internet.

Session control is available to configure the frequency of switching proxies. As usual, you can choose between sticky and time-based rotations

The 99.9% network uptime is almost on par with the big dogs. Additionally, the 99.8% success rate is among the best I’ve come across.

In case you’re not impressed, make good use of the proxy tester tool. I like that it highlights issues affecting the service for quick problem resolution. 

For example, you can check if proxies are offline, incompatible, slow, etc. Doing so enables you to eliminate bottlenecks that might slow you down.

Moving on, IPRoyal provides extensions for Google Chrome and Firefox. These help you use the service without the need to access your account. 

The subscription plans are worth revisiting as well. You can go with residential, data center, and mobile proxies.

There are three different pricing models available. These include the following:

  • Volume-based – From $1.75/GB
  • Proxy-based – From $1.39/proxy
  • Unlimited – From $81/month  

You’ll also find sneaker proxies for hardcore sneakerheads starting from $1/proxy. These provide endless rotations to buy multiple shoes in stores that limit purchases.

Should problems arise, customer support is always available to help. The agents are efficient and always willing to go the extra mile to resolve issues.

Overall, IPRoyal is suitable for users working with a tight budget. Just choose the pricing model that works for you, and you’ll be good to go.


soax home page

SOAX is a lesser-known provider on the market. But it has one of the largest networks around.

The company has over 190 million IPs, including residential, mobile, and ISP proxies. They’re spam-free and effective for everyday web scrapping tasks.

Speaking of which, SOAX’s network has a success rate of 99.55%. Its almost 0.5-second response time is exceptional as well.

The service offers unlimited concurrent connections to scale up tasks hassle-free. Additionally, you can seamlessly configure sticky and rotating sessions per your needs.  

Geo-targeting is available to limit your scope of research to a few regions. The options include targeting by country, city, and internet service provider.

Additionally, there are multiple connection protocols at your disposal. HTTP and SOCKS5 make website scraping easy, while UDP proxies can boost output.

And that’s not all.

Make the web unblocker your friend if you’re into bulk data scrapping. It’s perfectly designed to evade geo-blocks, anti-bot systems, and CAPTCHAs. 

The good news? Unlike other vendors, SOAX only charges successful results, which saves you money.

You get a developer-friendly application programming interface (API) to turbocharge projects. It supports automation, real-time data gathering, and multiple device compatibility.

Exporting results using file formats like HTML, JSON, and CSV is convenient. This allows instant processing using third-party tools and viewing for later. 

Apart from the features, SOAX customer support has a near 5-star rating. While the agents are helpful, they’re only accessible during business hours.    

Fortunately, the vendor’s knowledge base can help while you wait. It has a good number of articles covering almost everything about the service.

Pricing plans start from $99/month. There’s also a $3.99 paid trial for a glimpse into the service.


froxy homepage

If you’re looking for rotating mobile proxies, get Froxy. The service has over 8 million of them in 200+ countries. 

These belong to real user devices for enhanced trust and anonymity online. As such, you’ll appreciate bypassing anti-bot systems and CAPTACHAs when scraping. 

The IP rotation takes place at random intervals. But you can configure sticky sessions of up to 20 minutes.

Connections are compatible with both HTTPS and SOCKS5 for maximum reliability. Moreover, the vendor assures you of a 99.99% uptime, which holds up as promised. 

Speeds are fast, averaging response times of about half a second. And it doesn’t slack even when running unlimited concurrent connections.  

But there’s a cap of 1,000 open ports to uphold the quality of service. While this can be limiting to some users, it’s necessary for consistency.

Here comes the best part. 

You can geo-target down to any country, region, city, and mobile operator. Even better, the option to target other non-mobile broadband operators intrigued me. 

Froxy also supports tons of integrations with third-party tools. These comprise proxy managers, scrapers, social media tools, sneaker bots, etc.

Such compatibility gives you freedom of choice instead of being locked to their service. In my case, it enabled me to change proxy vendors without switching tools.

Customer support are always ready to assist 24/7. I found the agents friendly and offered quick responses to my issues. 

But the company’s Telegram channel isn’t very helpful. User queries go unanswered and post updates are rare.

As for pricing, mobile proxies start from $81/month. Others include residential, fast, and mobile proxies+ that cost $60/month, $70/month and $81/month, respectively.


nimble homepage

Nimbleway is an all-in-one provider for multiple use case proxies. Available services include residential, data center, and mobile proxy plans.

This vendor stands apart from the competition when it comes to speed. It averages response times of 0.25/second alongside an impressive 99.9% success rate.

The service supports unlimited concurrent connections to scale up whenever necessary. It also employs artificial intelligence (AI) to match proxies to your needs.

Additionally, the AI optimizes requests by rotating IPs when required. The outcome is superior reliability with fewer dropped sessions. 

Still, you can have greater control by configuring the time for proxy hopping. Nimbleway additionally allows restricting connections to a certain group of IP addresses for better performance.

I have barely scratched the surface. 

Speed is not the only area where this vendor shines. It has the widest network coverage, comprising 250+ countries. 

This means you can virtually geo-target any region down to the city level with precision. In doing so, you’ll improve the quality of data for better decision-making. 

Then, there’s Nimble Browser, which works almost similarly to Smartproxy’s X Browser. It supports multiple profiles with unique fingerprints, built-in proxies, task automation, and more.

A powerful enterprise-grade usage monitor is the icing on the cake. It tracks your activities and provides real-time reports to streamline projects.

Other than that, customer support from this vendor is decent. The company provides one-on-one engagements via video call. 

The available knowledge base is also well-detailed and extensive. Scrolling through the articles is easy, including a search box to find solutions quickly. 

But you’ll have to dig deeper to go with Nimbleway. Prices start from $255/month if you wish to enjoy this super-fast rotating proxy provider.


Limeproxies is a simple yet effective rotating proxy service for lightweight web scraping. It offers over 40 million IPs, mostly across the United States and Europe. 

The proxies are clean and spam-free for evading online anti-block systems. This also reduces the failure rate for efficient data gathering.

Limeproxies also provides you with a dedicated pool of IPs. But you can only use up to 25 addresses simultaneously. 

There are 300+ subnets within Limeproxies’ network. Altogether, they streamline connectivity by routing connections through efficient channels. 

Speeds reach upwards of 1,000 Gbps, more than you’ll ever need. This makes Limeproxies good for regular internet browsing and downloading files like a VPN.

The proxies are highly anonymous, which helps to keep your activities private. You can also refresh the list with alternative ones for superior privacy. 

You get SOCKS5 to secure your traffic when scraping the internet. It’s compatible with UDP and TCP protocols for smoother connectivity.

Proxy rotations take place in the background with zero effort from you. Alternatively, you can change the frequency of switching IPs whenever necessary.

limeproxies user management

Limeproxies support for multiple accounts makes it easier to work with a team. Simply invite a member via email to be part of your network. 

Not to forget, there’s an option to assign roles per your needs. The available ones comprise Standard and Admin at the time of writing.

On the downside, the service doesn’t provide live chat support. But you can request help via phone, email, WhatsApp, etc.   

There’s nothing much to talk about the knowledge base. It only has a few articles covering basic troubleshooting issues. 

As for the prices, plans start from $6/month. A free trial is available via request to evaluate the service.


infatica homepage

Infatica is among the most notable rotating proxy providers in the industry. Founded in 2019, it has a strong focus on privacy and delivering high-quality services. 

The $96/month starting price suggests it targets small-business and enterprise users. But if you’re curious, there’s a $1.99 3-day trial at your disposal.

This service comes with slightly above 15 million proxies in 150+ countries. These support SOCKS5, compatible with UDP/TCP protocols for enhanced connectivity.

IP rotation happens automatically in the background while you work. You can modify this behavior by adjusting the time with 5-minute increments up to 60 minutes.   

Infatica supports geo-targeting like most proxy service providers. Some filtering options include country, region, city, state, and more.

Every plan comes with assigned bandwidth to perform tasks. Still, the service supports unlimited simultaneous connections to speed up bulk projects.

The service offers a developer-friendly scraper API if you desire to be in control. Of course, you need some coding knowledge to use it appropriately.

Infatica’s service goes beyond solving CAPTCHAs and evading anti-bot systems. It can render sites that rely on JavaScript, which most proxies fail to crawl. 

You can export data using multiple output formats like CSV, XLSX, and JSON. These are machine-readable, making them easy to read and perform manual edits. 

Despite the high prices, customer support is basic at best. You can only seek help during business hours.

The knowledge base isn’t detailed, either. You may end up alone if things go wrong. 

Overall, it’s an excellent choice for advanced users with a big budget. However, you can also explore the service courtesy of the paid trial.

Now, to something more important.

How to use a rotating proxy service

Using a rotating proxy service is easier than you’d think. As you’ve read above, most vendors provide intuitive tools to get you started.

A good example is Smartproxy, which provides a page to configure the service. All you need to do is choose an authentication method, geolocation, session type, and connection protocol.  

From here, you can integrate your list of proxies to other third-party tools for scraping. Popular ones comprise ScrapeBox, Octoparse, and Helium

Alternatively, almost all vendors offer customizable APIs for automating tasks. While you can refer to the vendors’ documentation, basic coding skills are vital.

Still spoilt for choice? I can help.

How to choose a rotating proxy provider?

If you’re still undecided, use this guide to narrow your choices:

Network coverage

Ensure you shortlist providers that have a wide network availability. You can tell this by looking at the number of countries vendors cover.

Good examples include Nimbleway, NetNut, and Smartproxy, which have proxies in 195+ territories. Going for such services enables you to scrape data extensively across the globe. 

However, affordable providers like Limeproxies should work if you’re only interested in fewer regions. They’re also more affordable than their bigger rivals with larger coverage.

IP pool size

A larger IP pool size gives you endless opportunities to rotate addresses aggressively. Without it, you risk getting caught by anti-bot systems for overusing similar proxies.

With its 350 million IPs, Bright Data has an edge over its rivals. Anything above 100 million is still worth your money.

But be aware of providers that limit IP usage. An example is Limeproxy’s 25 proxies restriction, which might slow your tasks.


Performance is vital when shopping for a rotating proxy provider. Slow services increase the chances of ending up with stale and outdated data.

This applies in sectors like ecommerce, where product prices change every second. In such a case, Nibleway’s 0.25-second response time is what you need.

But if it’s for fairly static data such as SEO, go with any proxy vendor. The good thing is most have an average response rate of about a second.


Imagine using a mobile carrier whose network coverage keeps switching on and off. It can be annoying, right? 

The same will happen if you choose an unreliable rotating proxy vendor. For instance, a 0.1% downtime equals 43 minutes of no service in a month.

So, choose a vendor with an uptime guarantee of 99.95% and above. Thankfully,  there are quite a number, like Smartproxy, Froxy, NetNut, etc.

Customer support

Sometimes, things can fail to work regardless of your experience with rotating proxies. When this happens, only support can come to your rescue. 

Again, Smartproxy’s and NetNut’s 24/7 live chat assistance appeal more here. You’re assured of speedy responses even for technical issues. 

Regardless, never shy away from checking a vendor’s knowledge base. The solution you’re looking for might just be a single click away.


The amount you’re willing to spend also matters. If you’re on a budget, consider using the free trials for lightweight tasks.

Paid trials are a good option, especially for premium providers like SOAX and Infatica. They’re worth checking out before committing to expensive pricing plans.


You came here searching for the best rotating proxy provider. Now you’re leaving with more than ten options to choose from. 

Before you choose, ensure you go through the buyer’s guide once more. While at it, evaluate the services, your needs, and budget. 

Overall, I hope my reviews above have been of help. That said, I will leave you to make the decision.

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Can Hotels See What You Are Browsing in Incognito [+Privacy Tips]

Can a hotel see what you’re browsing in incognito mode? That’s quite a nagging question, especially if you’re privacy-minded, and even more so, if you’re tired from a long trip.

Luckily, we’re here to give you an answer. And even better – ways to browse safely on any network.

Ready? Let’s get into it:

Can hotels see what you are browsing in incognito mode?

Technically, hotels can monitor the traffic on their Wi-Fi network. What’s more, incognito mode only prevents your device from saving your browsing history.

As a result, it doesn’t shield your online activity from the network you’re on.

But in that case:

What does incognito mode do?

Incognito mode offers a layer of privacy by not storing search history, cookies, and site data on your device.

It can be quite handy if you’re buying someone a gift and you don’t want them stumbling on that gift shop site in your browsing history. But when it comes to actual online security, it doesn’t deliver.

That’s because third parties, like hotels, ISPs, and snoopers can still see your IP address, the websites you visit, your location, and a lot more.

With that being said:

What can hotel Wi-Fi see?

When you’re connected to hotel Wi-Fi, the hotel can:

  • Identify connected devices
  • Measure data usage
  • Track the websites visited

However, they can’t see the content of encrypted sites, which are those that start with “https://”.

But if you think that’s good news, think again. Since a hotel’s Wi-Fi is essentially a public network, there’s more to be cautious about:

  • Fake Wi-Fi networks: Hackers can set up devices to imitate a legitimate hotel Wi-Fi network. If you connect to this fake network, they can intercept your data.
  • Logged data: Hotels log internet usage on their systems. They might not see your exact searches, but they can see the domains you visited, plus the duration and the time of the session.
  • Access by others: Not just the hotel network admin, but potentially others can access these logs or even your devices. Hotel Wi-Fi security measures can sometimes be lax, making it easier for breaches.

Luckily, there are ways to browse anonymously and safely even on the most unsecured networks:

How to browse safely on hotel Wi-Fi

Here are some handy tips that’ll help you safely use your hotel’s Wi-Fi:

Use a VPN

A VPN encrypts your online data, making it difficult for external entities, including hotels, to decipher your online activities. By using one, you can hide your IP address, personal data, online activity, and location.

Additionally, VPNs can help you access content that might be restricted in certain regions, ensuring you have a seamless browsing experience when traveling.

Highly secure VPNs you can try include ExpressVPN, NordVPN, CyberGhost, and PIA.

Avoid personal transactions

It’s safer not to check bank accounts or make online purchases on public networks, including hotel Wi-Fi.

If you need to access personal or sensitive information, it’s best to do so on a trusted, private network. Public ones are more vulnerable, and there’s a higher risk of data interception.

Use a mobile hotspot

Instead of relying on hotel Wi-Fi, consider using a trusted mobile hotspot. This can be a dedicated device or your smartphone’s hotspot feature.

These networks are generally more secure than public Wi-Fi, giving you more control over your connection and who has access to it.

Keep your device updated

Ensure your device’s operating system is updated to protect against known vulnerabilities. This is crucial, especially when connecting to public networks.

Activate your firewall and antivirus

Ensure your device has an active firewall and updated antivirus software to fend off potential threats.

These tools act as the first line of defense against malicious attacks, scanning for and blocking harmful software or suspicious activities.

Turn off network discovery

Before connecting to any type of free Wi-Fi, turn off network sharing and network discovery on your devices. This reduces the visibility of your device on the network.

Disabling these features ensures that your device isn’t easily accessible or visible to others on the same network, adding an extra layer of security.

Browse only HTTPS sites

Sites that start with “https://” are encrypted.

This ensures that even if someone can see the sites you’re visiting, they can’t view the specific content or information you’re accessing.


So, can hotels see what you are browsing on their Wi-Fi even in incognito? Unfortunately, yes.

But by taking proactive measures like using a VPN and ensuring secure browsing practices, you can maintain your online privacy and safety, even on public networks.


Can hotels see your browsing history on their Wi-Fi?

Yes, hotels have the capability to see your browsing history when you’re using their Wi-Fi network.

However, while they can monitor the domains you visit, they cannot see the content of encrypted sites (those starting with “https://”).

Why might hotels monitor your browsing activity?

There are several reasons:

  • Security: To detect and prevent malicious activities like hacking attempts.
  • Bandwidth Management: To ensure all guests have adequate bandwidth.
  • Marketing: To gather data on guest browsing habits for marketing purposes.

What are the risks of using hotel Wi-Fi?

There are several potential threats. These include packet sniffing (intercepting and analyzing network traffic), DNS spoofing (redirecting internet traffic to fake websites), and man-in-the-middle attacks (intercepting communication between two parties).

Is it safe to use credit cards on hotel Wi-Fi?

It’s risky. Cybercriminals can use techniques like man-in-the-middle attacks to intercept your credit card information. It’s recommended not to use credit cards on public Wi-Fi without protective measures like VPNs.