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This post will show you what you need to know about ProxyBroker. Also, we will answer the question - should you use ProxyBroker or not?
Proxies are really important and using them goes a long way to helping people achieve their cybersecurity goals.
From bypassing geographical restrictions to staying anonymous while ensuring your privacy and security, proxies are a must-have.
They can be gotten from several providers over the internet but having to get them from multiple sources asynchronously can pose a lot of issues and put you at risk of using unreliable proxies.
ProxyBroker is a tool that helps you find and check proxies but there’s more to it. In this article, we will be telling you more about ProxyBroker and if you should use it.
ProxyBroker is a tool that is used to find public proxies from multiple sources and simultaneously check them. It is an open-source tool and it doesn’t find proxies in real-time but asynchronously.
It can be used to find over 7000 proxies from approximately 50 sources and it supports SOCKS 4, SOCKS 5, HTTPS, and HTTP protocols. It also supports CONNECT method to SMTP ports 80 and 23 for email.
It is a free tool and you can download its latest development version from GitHub, and its last stable release can be installed from PyPI.
Once the proxies have been found, they are grabbed by being saved to a file without a check and then they are served by running a local proxy server that distributes to a pool of found external proxies incoming requests. The proxies can be filtered based on anonymity level, type, country, response time, and status in DNSBL.
ProxyBroker seems to have several features which contribute to its make-up as a proxy finder and checker. They include:
Its proxies are obtained for free from different sources.
It can be used to find over 7000 proxies from approximately 50 sources.
The proxies are checked to ensure that they support Cookies and Referer. They are also checked to support POST requests if required.
It works as a proxy server with automatic proxy rotation. It distributes incoming requests to external proxies.
It supports SOCKS 4, SOCKS 5, HTTPS, and HTTP protocols.
It supports CONNECT method to SMTP ports 80 and 23 for email.
The proxies it finds can be filtered based on anonymity level, type, country, response time, and status in DNSBL.
It works well to detect and remove duplicate proxies automatically.
It is open-source and works asynchronously.
A straightforward answer is no; we will not encourage proxy users to use ProxyBroker as it is free to use and its proxies are free. These proxies won’t guarantee your safety online. Submitting any personal information across it is risky because hackers can get hold of every piece of your information. As the adage goes, ‘If you are not paying for it, you are the product’.
These free proxies are a really convenient way to bypass country restrictions when using the internet, however, your consistent security is not assured and they get blocked easily and quickly.
Although ProxyBroker uses HTTPS, the proxies found may have IP addresses from countries that are blocked. They steal cookies and their services are poor. They also slow down users’ computers.
Most of these proxies are shared and if someone else uses it for illegal activity and gets blocked, you get blocked as well.
ProxyBroker requires that its users have knowledge of Python (Python 3.5 and higher, aiohttp, aiodns, and MaxMind DB). If you don’t have an idea of how to use Python to find proxies then you won’t be able to use this tool.
Instead, we will recommend that you use the premium proxies from a premium proxy provider like ProxyRack. They provide several Residential and Datacenter proxies that ensure your anonymity, privacy and security. With such a proxy provider, you forget about the worries that come with using free proxies.
Free proxies will always be an option especially if you don’t really do much online or you are working on a low budget but the disadvantage of using free proxies are more than its advantage.
ProxyBroker as a tool finds and checks proxies. It also works as a proxy server, but it being a free proxy provider makes using it a risk we won't advise you to take. Opt for a premium proxy provider instead to avoid regrets.
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