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Proxy Tester 101: A Complete Guide for GoProxies Users

Proxy Tester 101: A Complete Guide for GoProxies Users

If you've been using proxies for a while, you'll know that a proxy test is a crucial first step. Proxy testing can help you make sure that they’re working correctly and that your IP address is hidden. In this guide, we'll show you the most simple and complete proxy tester method.

Why Proxy Test?

Before we dive into the proxy testing process, let's talk about why its important. Proxies act as intermediaries between your computer and the internet. They help you access websites and services that may be blocked or restricted in your region. However, not all proxies offer the same results. Some may be slow or unreliable, while others may leak your IP address or other sensitive information.

A proxy test can help you identify any issues with your proxy, such as slow speed, connection errors, or IP leaks. Incorporate this quick but important proxy tester routine and make sure that it's always working correctly and that your online activities are secure and private.

How to Test Proxy for GoProxies Users

Now that you understand why proxy testing is important, let's look at how to get it done with GoProxies.

Step 1: Check Your IP Address and Your Internet Speed

The first step in a proxy test is to check your IP address. Your IP address is a unique identifier assigned to your device by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). When you connect to a proxy, your IP address should be replaced with the IP address of the proxy server.

To check your IP address, go to a website such as WhatIsMyIP.com or IPChicken.com. These websites will display your current IP address. Make a note of your IP address.

To check your Internet connection speed you can use SpeedTest.net or any other internet speed testing website.

  1. Connect to the Internet
  2. Go to SpeedTest.net.
  3. Click on the "Go" button to start the test.
  4. Wait for the test to complete.
  5. Check the results. Note them somewhere to compare with the results after you connect to your proxy

Step 2: Connect to the Proxy

The next step is to connect to the proxy server. GoProxies offer multiple proxy locations in different regions. You can choose a proxy based on your needs, such as location or speed.

To connect to the proxy network, follow these steps:

  1. Install a proxy plugin (for example SwitchyOmega)
  2. Open plugin and choose “Options”
  3. Press to add “New profile”
  4. Set name for proxy
  5. For “Protocol” - set HTTP or HTTPS, “Server” - proxy.goproxies.com, “Port” - 10000 for HTTP and 10001 for HTTPS
  6. Click on the lock icon (next to the Port field)
  7. Enter your GoProxies username and password
  8. Click “Save changes”
  9. Enable SwitchyOmega plugin

Step 3: Check Your IP Address Again

Once you're connected to the proxy network, go back to the IP checking website and check your IP address again. Your IP address should now be different from the one you noted earlier. If your IP address is still the same, your proxy is not working correctly.

Step 4: Test Proxy Speed

The speed of a proxy can affect your browsing experience. To test the proxy speed, you can use a website such as SpeedTest.net. This website will measure the speed of your internet connection and display the results.

To test proxy speed, follow these steps:

  1. Connect to the proxy server as described in Step 2.
  2. Go to SpeedTest.net.
  3. Click on the "Go" button to start the test.
  4. Wait for the test to complete.
  5. Check the results. The download and upload speeds should be similar to your regular internet connection.

Step 5: Test Proxy Security

The final step in a proxy test is checking its security. You can do this by using a website such as IPLeak.net. This website will check if your IP address is leaking while you're connected to the proxy.

To test your proxy security, follow these steps:

  1. Connect to the proxy network as described in Step 2.
  2. Go to IPLeak.net.
  3. Wait for the test to complete.
  4. Check Your IP addresses - WebRTC detection. Your original IP address should not be visible, and the DNS table should not have your original IP address.

Conclusion

A proxy test is an essential step in ensuring that your online activities are secure and private. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can become an expert proxy tester and make sure that they’re always working correctly. If you encounter any issues with a proxy test, contact GoProxies support for quick assistance.

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Rotating proxies provide a different IP each time you make a request. With this automated rotation of IPs, you get unlimited scraping without any detection. It provides an extra layer of anonymity and security for higher-demand web scraping needs.

IP addresses change automatically, so after the initial set up you’re ready to scrape as long and much as you need. IPs may shift after a few hours, a few minutes or after each session depending on your configuration. We do this by pulling legitimate residential IPs from our pool.
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Rotating IPs might lead to sites not functioning well if they are more optimised for regular use from a single IP.

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What is a proxy checker?

A proxy checker is a tool or software that helps you verify the functionality and anonymity of proxy servers. It tests whether a proxy server is working, its response time and whether it hides your IP address effectively. Essentially, it helps you ensure that the proxy you're using is reliable and secure for your intended use, whether it's for anonymity, cybersecurity, or other purposes.

How do you check if a proxy is running?

The simple way to check if a proxy is running is by checking your IP address before and after connecting to a proxy server (you can check it here). If your IP address changes after you connect to a proxy server, it means that the proxy is running. More detailed information can be found above in the article itself.

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