It’s a question that is often asked on forums and bulletin boards from all manner of people. Many of them who have been frustrated when their attempts to use those $10 proxies to expand an Instagram empire have instead merely resulted in blocks, filters and shadow bans. Others who are simply searching for the safest type of proxies, ask similarly meaningless questions about elite proxies. Very simply put, if you know anything about how proxies work and more importantly how they are resourced then the question regarding virgin proxies simply doesn’t make sense.
However lets clarify what people really mean.
The extremely misleading concept of virgin proxies, refers to proxy servers who’s IP addresses have never actually been used before. The idea is that if you are the first to access an IP address then it’s completely safe to use. That IP address won’t have been used to spam, market, email or even communicate on the internet. However if this is genuinely your goal then it’s perhaps first reading about one of the internet’s impending issues – the problem that it will very soon completely run out of IP addresses.
Here’s a short article from one of the excellent security blogs hosted on SANS.
A Quick FAQ To IPv4 Exhaustion
- Will the Internet stop working?
No. As a matter of fact, it is unlikely that the IPv4 internet will stop any time soon. It will likely happily exist next to the IPv6 internet. There are some transition mechanisms set up. While not pretty, the two “internets” can talk to each other via proxies and tunnels.
- Why do we run out of addresses?
IPv4 allows for about 4 billion addresses. There are about 6 billion people on the world… how many addresses do you need (phone, home, work…)? Its a simple math issue compounded by the fact that for efficient routing sake, we can’t assign all addresses
- A lot of IPv4 space is still unused. Why don’t we use it more effectively?
The problem is not just that we are running out of addresses, even though that is the killer issue here. Assigning addresses more effectively would mean that assignments would become smaller and routing tables would become more complex. In order to make this work, we would have to essentially “renumber” the internet, and still be out of addresses at some point
- What about legacy space? Does Apple really need a /8?
In the beginning of the Internet, IPv4 address space was handed out very liberally. Remember it was just an experiment? Some of the original participants still have large IPv4 assignments which they don’t use efficiently. However, even if all of them are handed back, it would delay the problem only by 1-2 years at great expense to the effected companies (and they have contracts giving them the rights to use the address space). Some “legacy allocations” have been returned in the past
- What do I need to do today?
Relax. Nothing is going to happen fast. the RIRs still have space left, depending on the region a few month to a year. After that, it will get tricky. You may already find it harder to get IP address space. Eventually, your ISP may ask for some space back as they can’t get new addresses from the RIR. Over time, IPv4 will get more expensive than IPv6.
- So I can just wait and do nothing?
No. What you should do tomorrow (maybe today?) is setup a test lab to familiarize yourself with IPv6. It is easy to get going. Ask your ISP if they support it (or when), or setup a tunnel with a free tunnel provider like Hurricane Electric  or Sixxs  (there are others). You need a plan on how to deal with it. Even if you don’t need IPv6, maybe your business partners start using it and you need to connect to them via IPv6.
- Can’t I just ignore it?
Remember why you are using IP in the first place? It allows you to connect to customers, suppliers, branch offices. In short: It keeps you in business. Once these people expect IPv6 connectivity, you will likely have to move along with it. It is like any technology in that it ultimately has to support the business (and well… it is fun too!).
- What will change from a security point of view?
Everything and nothing. The most important change is probably the fact that NAT will become less important. Endpoint protection and carefully configured firewalls will become more important. Passive asset detection will become more important compared to active scanning. There is a lot of security gear you own that probably does a lousy job dealing with IPv6. Did I mention it requires a plan and testing?
Source: https://isc.sans.edu/diary/The+End+Of+IP+As+We+Know+It/10342 – Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.
So as you can see there is something of a crisis, a simple problem of availability in that we don’t really have enough IPV4 addresses to go round. This is fundamentally at the problem of our original question regarding virgin proxies.
Why Can’t I Buy Virgin Proxies
Simply because there is no huge pool of IP addresses which are completely unused and available for proxies and a proxy provider to use. IP addresses are in short supply and those which are available are heavily used and reused. There are certainly blocks of IP addresses which have never been used but not many and they are mostly held by large companies and organisation who block reserved addresses when we though there was an almost limitless supply. These are not released and used however, and besides there aren’t actually many of them.
A better interpretation (and one that is actually achievable) of the phrase ‘virgin proxies’ is perhaps in relation to specific tasks. Instead of searching for IP addresses which have never been used before which you simply won’t find, then you can find those that have not been used for a specific purpose. So if you’re an Instagram or Craigslist marketer, then the term ‘virgin proxies’ would refer to proxies which have IP address ranges never used for any promotional activity on those platforms.
It might not be completely accurate but for all practical purposes it’s best to assume that all IPV4 IP addresses have been used at some point so none is genuinely available for a virgin proxy. However there are plenty of addresses which have not been abused, spammed or pimped out on super cheap or free proxies. Indeed the most practical way to get a ‘near virgin proxy’ is to build your own proxy server and use a standard requested IP address from your Internet service provider. Unless you’re incredibly unlucky you should get an address which is fairly unused for any commercial activity to relay through your personal proxy.
High Quality Proxies Need Decent IP Addresses
Your one home IP is going to be of better quality than the thousands you can access through proxies. This is why it’s so important for providers to look after the IP address ranges that they have access to. The best private proxies are those which have been looked after and maintained. You can pay lots of money for dedicated residential proxies but if they were previously used by email spammers for six months previously then they’re pretty worthless.
For most of us that’s the core problem – finding enough IP addresses that are safe to use on a particular platform. One IP address isn’t nearly enough which is why we have to search for paid proxies. For example I’ve tried more than most and the two providers who I trust to provide me with decent proxies for a specific purpose are RotatingProxies and Storm proxies.
For both though you need to select the specific proxies for your purpose. No one can supply you with completely virgin IP addresses but they can give you proxies with addresses that work on a specific platform. So the Instagram proxies will work on Instagram, the Twitter Proxies will be good for Twitter and so on.