A common question asked by social media marketers who are managing more than one social media account (from same social network) is whether or not they should be using private proxies or not. Honestly, there is no simple answer to this question as the solution often differs from case to case. The following is a brief article giving a brief explanation regarding how these systems operate and whether or not you should utilize proxies.
How Does a Network Detect That You Are Using Multiple Accounts?
The decision to use proxies hinges on both the usage and age of your accounts. Let us consider the various employees of a large company, all of whom are using the same IP address to access their social media accounts. Now, for the sake of this example, let us limit these social media platforms to just Facebook. How does Facebook know that each of these accounts belongs to a different person without having to manually go to them, one by one, requesting verification?
The thing to consider is that each of these people use their accounts in different manners and has very little in common. Perhaps, at most, they simply share mutual friends due to working in the same building. Each of them has a different pattern of behaviour on Facebook. This is how Facebook is able to discern that these are all legitimate accounts operating from within the same IP.
If on the other hand, ten different accounts operated in the same manner and shared an IP address, an instant red flag is raised by Facebook. For instance, if these ten individuals all posted on Buy and Sell Groups and did nothing other than post on these groups, then the Facebook algorithm realizes that there is something suspicious about these accounts.
How Can I Avoid This?
The easiest way to do this is to keep a degree of separation between your accounts, especially if they’re all newer accounts. Make sure that you don’t do the same thing with each account so that their behavior don’t appear identical. Another thing to remember is that your accounts should all look natural. Considering Facebook once again, it’s best to post on your wall every so often. Like a few photos and videos. Request a friend. Doing these things makes your account less likely to stand out from the crowd.
Of course, these steps can be avoided altogether by eliminating the shared IP issue and that requires the use of a proxy. It will make the process of managing these accounts somewhat more expensive depending on how many accounts you have to manage, but in general, it’s a lot safer than simply taking precautions.
What Type of Proxy Should I Use? Private or Public?
Unless you want to be caught, avoid public proxies. This is because a public proxy is shared by thousands of people around the world, meaning that the IP is not unique in the slightest. In fact, it’s often worse than simply not using a proxy at all. Due to this shared usage, your IP will be changing continuously, which raises suspicion from Facebook as to the validity of your account. Sticking to private proxies is a great way to negate this issue as the IP will be exclusively used by you.
Where Can I Get A Private Proxy?
The internet is a vast place containing several reputable proxy providers, though if you’ve already found one that works for you, it’s a good idea to stick with them. However, if you don’t have a provider yet and are looking for one, it’s best to read reviews and ratings regarding a prospective provider before purchasing from them to ensure you don’t get duped. Not all providers are ideal, so it’s important to do your research and choose the one that suits your needs best.