If you’re in the market for proxies, you’ll find a number of private, shared, and public options available online. It could be challenging to wade through it all, even if you’re up to speed on the technical side of the process.
One of the most well-known providers of private and shared proxies is SquidProxies. Below you’ll find a comprehensive review of the products SquidProxies offers.
Named after my favorite cephalopod, SquidProxies manages to have its many hands (they’re tentacles, really) embedded in the center of the proxy world.
SquidProxies’ prevalence in the proxy world is due to many components, but the two highlights are top notch customer service and the most competitive prices in the market.
Before I get into the details of this review, I want to note that proxies can be used for many
things. Some are nefarious, others completely legal.
SquidProxies offers up its services in the legal domain, and states that right on its website:
“We provide private proxies and shared proxies for just about any legal use.”
The company will work with you on a variety of projects, but know that outright misuse of proxies will likely result in termination of your contract.
Rating: Pros & Cons
Our Expert's Review
- Price - 8/108/10
- Speed - 9/109/10
- Security - 8/108/10
- Quality - 9/109/10
We’ll start with what really matters. For the past years, SquidProxies has been the most competitive priced proxy provider in the market, at least when it comes to private and shared proxies.
If you’re unsure, “private proxies” mean those used solely by you. “Shared proxies” in this context means a proxy you pay for that is shared with other people.
SquidProxies does not explicitly state how many people you are sharing with, so while this is an interesting option, it’s not as useful (or safe) as an entirely private proxy. Public proxies mean free proxies, and these are riddled with thousands of users, frequent bans, and will likely scrape your data.
SquidProxies’ price tiers for private proxies range from $24 per month to $1500 per month depending on the number of proxies you need. The minimum order is 10 proxies per month, which should be enough for your basic needs.
When it comes down it to it, $2.40 per private proxy is lower than most competitors in this small batch number, and makes SquidProxies a great choice for the budget conscious. And $.75 per proxy at the high-end limit is ridiculously cheap.
The price tiers for shared proxies are technically cheaper.
It’s $1.00 per proxy for the minimum purchase number — but you’ll need to buy 100 proxies per month, which means $100 per month. You can order in increasingly high ranges with shared proxies, but, as I said earlier, these will be shared with an unknown number of people, which will lead to slower internet speeds and more frequent IP bans. (And maybe insert the shared proxy price chat here.)
Look around, you won’t find many cheaper proxy services out there. Some services offer different subscription models, and one has slightly less expensive rates such as instantproxies, that’s use the same control panel as the SquidProxies. With SquidProxies the lowest batch of proxies you can purchase is 10, so for those that want one or two proxies use you will need a different provider.
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 critical: 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 excellent service (which I’ll get into below), but this has caused a few users to be dissatisfied.
Their 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 8 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 sites like Black Hat World and Warrior Forum note. 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 an 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.
- IP Quality
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.
- Non-sequential IPs
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.
What sites does squid proxies works on？
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.
What you don’t see here is dedicated Ticketmaster, Nike, or Craigslist proxies. SquidProxies doesn’t claim services it can’t provide reliable, and if you need proxies for these sites look elsewhere. All of this equates to high-quality IPs.
But, for those that need more from their provider, we’ll get into the last and best section of SquidProxies.
Customer Service It’s been said that to make a truly great company you need two things: a fantastic product and amazing customer service.
Users want helpful, real people on the other end of a purchase. This is especially true with a proxy provider, especially when complications get highly technical.
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. Really, the whole business model is built around this customer service. All of your purchases on SquidProxies are subject to a 3-day money-back guarantee, and everywhere on the site you are encouraged to test their IP packages. They want you to purchase a small batch, run them through your programs, and make an informed decision about if their service will work for you.
This is paramount because proxies are complicated. There are so many applications of proxies that yours may not fit with their batch IPs, and that’s just fine. Test it out, ask your questions, and make an informed decision. The service team will be helpful and precise, so you should get exactly the high-end product you pay for. Also, for individuals who need extra help setting everything up, the support is there.
Do I recommend SquidProxies?
SquidProxies is great for beginners because of the customer support, and the low budget. All of this is coupled with an interactive admin panel, which makes for a seamless experience on all fronts.
That’s a healthy dollop of verbiage on the merits and realities of SquidProxies. When it comes down to it the service is excellent, the price is low, and the applications are almost endless.
Feel fine about jumping in, testing everything out, and making sure these proxies work for you. If not, keep hunting. But if they do, you may have found your proxy provider.