A shared proxy is a proxy server that can be accessed by more than one user. At Proxy Key, we used to provide shared proxies in the past, but we discontinued the service in 2011. The decision was made to ensure our clients enjoy uninterrupted private proxy services. That’s why we now dedicate one IP address to one user.

Why do Shared Proxies Exist?

When you surf the Internet, your computer picks up cookies at every site visited. Companies that own those websites can track where you go, what you were doing there, and how long you spent on each web page. They can use this information to profile you as a user and even log it under your IP address. So, let’s say you surf the Internet again at a later time. Search results, site content, ads, etc., will get filtered based on your profile. This may limit your Internet experience. That’s why shared proxies were created to discourage companies from doing these things.

Why People liked Shared Proxies in the Past?

For starters, shared proxies are cheaper than other options. As a user, you share the server as well as the cost of that server too.

Shared Proxy Disadvantages

  • Negligible geographic differentiation

Shared proxies can cause negligible geographic differentiation between IP addresses within the same proxy server. You may discover that the IP addresses are from the same country, same province, and even same city. One objective of using a proxy server is that they should come from different geographical areas. However, this issue is not rectified when shared proxy servers are used.

  • Minimum system requirements

Shared proxy servers often need their users to meet certain system requirements. As they can be resource intensive, it is not suitable for some casual Internet users with a basic computer setup or even small businesses.

At Proxy Key, you can rest assured that we are devoted to becoming the best private proxy provider for all your proxy needs.