With so many proxies available in the market it’s really difficult to find out which one is the best. One of the most well-known providers of private and shared proxies is Squid proxy. Below you’ll find the Squid Proxies Review. In this article we will tell you about Squid proxy, it’s features, plans and pricing, and how to use Squid proxy.
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Squid Proxies Review
There are many Free Proxy Websites available. But free proxies have certain limitations. Squid Proxy is one of the best premium Proxy servers company.
What is Suid proxy?
Squid proxy is a Unix based proxy server which catches the requested files and web pages which is closer to the person who is making the request rather than the original origin point. And thus making the response time faster and reduces the bandwidth congestion.
Squid is a caching proxy for the Web supporting HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and more. It reduces bandwidth and improves response times by caching and reusing frequently-requested web pages. Squid has extensive access controls and makes a great server accelerator. It runs on most available operating systems, including Windows and is licensed under the GNU GPL.
Features of Squid proxy:
- It is installed on a different server than the webpage server with the original files.
- it works on tracking object use over the network.
- initially act as an intermediator which receives the request and passes it to the server saving a copy of the requested object so that if someone else requests for the same object, it can be served immediately by the squid proxy.
- thus saving the bandwidth and accelerating the bandwidth.
- Internet Service Providers have used Squid proxy servers since the early 1990s to provide faster download speeds and reduce Latency especially for delivering rich media and streaming video.
- Squid is provided as free, open source software and can be used under the GNU General Public License of the Free Software Foundation. Squid was originally designed to run on Unix-based systems but can also be run on Windows machines.
Plan, Pricing, And Discount of Squid proxies:
For the past five years SquidProxies has been the most competitive priced proxy provider in the market, at least when it comes to private and shared proxies.
SquidProxies does not specifically state how many people you are sharing with, so while this is an interesting option, it’s not as useful (or safe) as a fully private proxy.
Public proxies means free proxies, and these are riddled with thousands of users, frequent bans, and will likely scrape your data.
SquidProxies takes most major forms of payment, including a host of your typical credit cards through 2CheckOut. Its preferred method is PayPal, and you will be prompted with PayPal logins to purchase your batch of proxies. This makes sense, because PayPal is often a direct payment and is one of the more verified services in the business.
For the tech entrenched, SquidProxies also takes Bitcoin. The website states that if you want to pay in Bitcoin you should send in a customer service ticket to make sure the team knows you are using that method.
When it comes to reviewing proxy companies one component is key: a quick delivery. SquidProxies is known for its almost immediate delivery of your proxies after purchase. Some companies require hours or days to verify, assemble your unique IPs, and send them over. SquidProxies often dial this down to minutes after you purchase.
The one minor flaw in the payment system is that canceling your account takes a bit of effort. You have to cancel with SquidProxies, and if you have recurring payments through 2CheckOut or PayPal, you’ll need to double check and make sure those are specifically stopped. SquidProxies has great service (which I’ll get into below), but this has caused a few users to be dissatisfied.
You’re beginning to think fondly of SquidProxies. The service is cost effective and takes Bitcoin! Speed won’t deter you, for the most part. SquidProxies states that it has “worldwide servers with 1,000+ Mbps dedicated speeds,” which should be plenty for most online activities. The proxy company also gives you unlimited bandwidth on your proxies, so you can use them for as much or little content at that speed.
Those “worldwide servers” are accurate as well, and viewable on a scalable world map. In the U.S. SquidProxies has 12 servers:
- Kirkland, WA
- San Jose, CA
- Los Angeles, CA
- Anaheim, CA
- Henderson, NV
- Phoenix, AZ
- Cheyenne, WY
- Dallas, TX
- Chicago, IL
- Atlanta, GA
- Tampa, FL
- Madison, ME
This is great for users that need proxies with a U.S. IP address. For those that need one outside of the U.S., SquidProxies has 6 servers in as many countries:
- United Kingdom
- Zurich, Switzerland
I’m listing all of these because access to these servers will change your speed, depending on the country you are in. SquidProxies boasts on its home page that it’s the largest proxy network on the web, and this huge number of server locations lives up to that.
Where speed gets more complicated is in actual usage, as reviewers on other sites. There have been a number of complaints over the years that SquidProxies IPs are slow or laggy. Most often, this is due to a misconfigured setup on the user’s end. SquidProxies has stellar customer service (details on this below), so if this is the case they should be able to help you out.
The other issue is just the nature of proxies. Putting a secondary point of contact between you and the internet is bound to reduce speed. But this shouldn’t factor for more than a second or two of load time. This is normal for nearly all proxies, and levels SquidProxies with its competitors.
The whole point of using a proxy is to be anonymous and secure in your internet usage, so this is a pretty important factor. When it comes down to it, the elite and private SquidProxies offerings are just that: high quality and very secure. The proxies hide your IP address when used correctly, preventing other sites to see your data and location.
Many proxy services require you to use a username and password combination to access and enable your proxies. Not SquidProxies. The company has a IP-based authentication system. This means that once you have authorized your proxies, you can use them directly.
While this is a nice feature, there’s one loophole. In order to authorize your IPs you need to create a username and password with SquidProxies, then log into their dashboard. While you don’t technically need to enter your login information every time you use a SquidProxy IP, you’ll need to have one to set everything up, and to continue to log into that dashboard. Only 10 proxies can be authorized at a given time, so if you need to rotate proxies you’ll be logging in and out often.
When it comes down to it, SquidProxies has secure private proxies that will protect your identity. Its shared proxies are another matter. I won’t address them here, because it defeats the purpose if multiple customers are using a single IP.
Quality often refers to many different aspects when it comes to proxy providers. For this section of the review I’ll focus on the actual quality of your IP, and a few other quality-based services offered by SquidProxies.
The biggest concern with proxy providers is that they will sell you a “private” proxy, but actually rent that IP address to someone else, either at the same time as you, or sometime previous. This is a problem because IPs get blacklisted or banned from sites if used in certain ways, so if your IP addresses have been previously used, they might already contain some stigma from major companies.
SquidProxies claims that all of its proxies purchased on the private plan are, indeed, private. This has certainly been true for a long time, but there are comments out there, on sites like Black Hat World and Warrior Forum, that complain about proxies from SquidProxies not working, or being active when they shouldn’t be.
In my experience the quality of these proxies has been solid. They work most of the time, receive few errors, and seem (as far as I can tell) to be truly private. It’s a complicated proxy world, and you’ll never truly know what’s going on behind the scenes. But SquidProxies didn’t get to be the largest and cheapest network by hosting malfunctioning proxies to everyone.
Fresh and Non-Sequential IPs
To further improve the viability of their IPs, SquidProxies has two features that are robust when it comes to quality.
This means that if you purchase a batch of 50 proxies, they won’t come in numbered bunches that look similar. This will assure that when you start using those proxies, sites like Google and Facebook will be less likely to recognize all of your proxies as coming from one user, and therefore not send up any red flags.
Fresh IPs every month
This is a great feature that users love. Every month, upon request and just generally, SquidProxies will refresh all of your IPs. You can ask them not to do this, but for most users this is extremely helpful. It reduces the risk of your IPs getting flagged or banned, and increases your anonymity.
Social Media Sites
Quality of proxies is often linked with what services you can scrape and harvest data from. In the case of SquidProxies, you can perform these functions easily for many social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. This means that in general the IPs you are given will not cause a stir when used correctly for these sites, and the SquidProxies team will be able to troubleshoot your issues.
Most excellent proxy providers have great customer service, and SquidProxies is among the best. The site has a ticket system in which you submit your issue, and fairly quickly a representative will contact you with specific help for your problem. SquidProxies states that their support hours run 7 days per week, 24 hours per day, excluding major U.S. holidays. And, when put to the test, the service is extremely helpful.
The only downside of this is that there’s no live support. But the SquidProxies customer service team usually gets back to users very quickly, so it’s not considered a major downfall.
How to Use Squid Proxy:
If you are Linux sysadmin, you can use squid to control internet access in your work environment.
This beginners guide will give a jump-start on how to setup squid on Linux to restrict internet access in an network.
You should install the following three squid related packages on your system.
On Debian and Ubuntu, use aptitude to install squid as shown below. On CentOS, use yum to install the squid package.
Check Configuration and Startup scripts
Apart from installing the squid related packages, it also creates the /etc/squid/squid.conf and /etc/init.d/squid startup script.
By default, Squid runs on 3128 port. You can verify this from the squid.conf file. You can also set the visible_hostname parameter in your squid.conf, which will be used in error_log. If you don’t define, squid gets the hostname value using gethostname() function.