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Who would rent an IPv4 or IPv6 proxy?

Who is the person who would rent an IPv4 or IPv6 proxy? This is a difficult question to answer because the short answer is: anyone The long version of it requires some background on what proxies are and what they do.

When searching for proxies people are looking for a “middleman” to handle a specific task – to intermediate something. When looking for shopping proxies people are looking for someone to do the shopping on their behalf and then forward the merchandise to them. When looking for shipping proxies people are looking for a forwarding service that would receive the merchandise in their stead and then ship it to its destination.

Similarly, when looking to rent an IPv4 proxy server or an IPv6 proxy server, one is in need for a computer that can access transparently a specific website or internet service and send the unaltered pages back to the original requester.

Now that we’ve shed some light on the proxy server’s role, here’s a little backgrounder on the meaning and IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. For the internet to work it needs some kind of guiding system. One of them is the use of the IP addresses – the internet equivalent of the aforementioned mailing address where you send orders for goods from and receive them when delivered.

When you request to visit a website, the request originates from your IP address and the website or internet service sends the content – the package back to it. IPv4 is the current internet addressing system. It physically ran out of all 4 billion and some available IPs for assignment a couple of years ago. While it is still largely used it on its way to be phased out.

IPv6 is the new internet addressing system that can handle gazillion more addresses than IPv4 and by design is not natively interoperable with a IPv4 network. Most devices currently used would work on both addressing system so no need to lose sleep on that.

The most used proxy servers types are HTTPS or SOCKS. Both HTTPS IPv4 proxy servers and HTTPS IPv6 proxy servers route exclusively website or similar traffic – the keyword being here HTTP(S) – the language that web servers and browsers speak (S stands for secure). On the other side SOCKS5 (either IPv4 SOCKS5 or IPv6 SOCKS5) can route any kind of traffic including HTTPS.

“Why rent proxy servers?” you may ask. The answer is the same as for any other service. By renting you avoid setup fees, the initial cost, the steep learning curve that comes with trying to setup a server yourself and most important you save time.

Circling back to the IPv4 or IPv6 proxy servers and to our original question, on who should rent a proxy server the short answer is “Anyone who needs to access an internet service through either IPv4 or IPv6 other that its own”.

Most browsers and apps have options allowing them to be configured to work with HTTP or Socks5 proxies so it is as easy as it can get. In all, the hardest thing someone needs to do to start using proxies, is choose the right provider to rent an IPv4 proxy server or IPv6 proxy server.

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