Why do people use proxies and VPNs?
Some survey takers may wish to conceal their country of origin so that they can join survey panels and take surveys that they would otherwise be ineligible for. Others may wish to keep their activities online in general hidden, so they use proxies and VPN services. Still others may be accessing surveys from a workplace which may by default use a VPN.
Exactly what are proxies and VPNs?
An open proxy is a server that acts as an intermediary between you and the internet. This go-between will have its own IP address so anytime you or others use the proxy, you will all appear to have the same IP address. Proxies do not typically encrypt data and are less resource-intensive than VPNs.
A VPN is a Virtual Private Network and an encrypted “tunnel” between you and the host server. Websites you’ve visited are hidden to an outsider, as the only thing that’s visible to your internet service provider is that you’ve connected to a VPN. Your activities while using it are completely out of site. Note that as a security measure, many workplaces have their own VPNs.
Why you should avoid using free proxy and VPN services
At best, free proxy services are often run by unscrupulous people who will mine your personal data and will start feeding you advertisements based on your preferences. At worst, you may have any credit card information you enter online stolen, and your computer may become infected with malware or viruses. Many of these services will at the very least, keep basic logs of what their users are doing online while others may go as far as installing keystroke logging software on their subscriber’s computers when the proxy/VPN software is downloaded.
Running a proxy service is not free, so the people offering such services will ensure that their end users are covering their expenses (and then some!) Before subscribing to such services, you might want to re-valuate why you feel the need to fully conceal your identity online to begin with.
VPNs in the workplace
Many employers use a VPN mainly in an effort to control the websites their employees have access to. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are frequently blocked through use of a workplace VPN. Although taking surveys at work via your employer’s VPN may not present problems on the survey company’s side of things, bear in mind that your employer may be monitoring the websites you access and your online activities in general.
How survey sites can identify proxy users
Although survey companies (and GPT websites for that matter) know that IP addresses eventually change, many will still monitor their members IP addresses for inconsistencies. For instance, if when you join a survey site, you say you’re from the United States, but your IP address is from Germany one day, and Canada the next, you may raise some red flags.
Proxy services also tend to use certain ranges of IP addresses. So any given service will often use the same range of IPs which are published in lists and easily obtained by anyone including market research companies. If a survey panel knows the range of IPs one of these services uses, they may block the range entirely, thereby blocking you.
Consequences of using a proxy
You may luck out and avoid experiencing anything especially negative by using a proxy, but be forewarned that if you use one, you may be putting your survey earnings or your account at risk; if you try to request payment, a survey site may ask you some questions to verify your identity, or at worst, may entirely cancel your account.
Survey sites where you don’t need a proxy
There are some paid survey sites out there that don’t require proxy use. That is, they accept users from almost every country in the world. Here’s a list:
TGM Panel offers paid surveys to people all around the world. Take surveys on your phone or your desktop computer for cash – it’s as simple as that.
» Visit the TGM Panel website to get paid for surveys
SuperPay.me offers paid surveys, along with opportunities to do micro tasks, participate in offers, watch videos and more for cash. Redeem your earnings for a PayPal payment, a Skrill payment, bitcoin, or a gift card.
» Visit the SuperPay.me website and get a $0.20 joining bonus!
Still want to hide your identity?
If one of the reasons you prefer to use proxies is to hide your identity online, but you still enjoy taking surveys, you might want to check out Surveyeah. They are the only survey site we are aware of where you can take surveys without providing any contact information besides your postal code, email, gender and year of birth.
Although we don’t recommend that you access this website using a proxy or VPN, they are certainly friendlier than other survey sites in terms of demonstrating their respect for user privacy.
If you still insist on using a proxy or VPN service, we recommend that you disable it when you join a new survey site or are accessing surveys, so as to avoid potential problems down the road.
Please what about Nigerians
It doesn’t matter what country you are from, you should not use a proxy while taking surveys.
Nigerians can take paid surveys with the following sites (without the use of a proxy): TGM Panel, MarketAgent, MOBROG.
Hope this helps!
I am facing problem with Your-Survey sites, I am unable to complete survey from this site. One message appears saying that your can complete this survey. Although I am using Proxy server, not using VPN then why I am not able to complete this survey. Other hand I am able to complete this survey on other laptop. But I am not able to complete survey from where I am registered with this survey. I get this survey through TimeBucks. Can you please guide me, how solve this problem.
You should not be using a proxy service when taking online surveys – this is the cause of the problems you are currently experiencing.
It’s best to take surveys from survey sites that are available in your country without use of a proxy or VPN service. You can get a list of such sites here: https://www.surveypolice.com/rankings
I am from Bangladesh. No survey site allow directly from our country. So we have to use proxy or vpn. Can you tell me which website provides best quality of proxy or vpn for survey work?
Using a proxy or VPN is absolutely not advisable for taking surveys. Your survey accounts will be banned if not immediately, then eventually.
Actually, there are some survey sites that are open to people in Bangladesh. In fact, TGM Panel is specifically looking for Bangladeshis. You can find more information about them here: https://www.surveypolice.com/tgm-panel
Pls is there a survey website in Ghana
You can find a list of survey sites for people located in Ghana here: https://www.surveypolice.com/countries/ghana.
You might find the following article helpful as well: Get-Paid-To Sites for International Users.
Hi I am from South Africa, can you recommend a survey site that pays satoshis$ bitcoins$
You can find survey sites available to South Africans on our site here: https://www.surveypolice.com/countries/south-africa
As well, you can use Pick-a-Perk to narrow down your search to find sites that only pay cash, specific gift cards, etc. https://www.surveypolice.com/pick-a-perk
Is there any survey site that I can from Pakistan without using vpn?
Yes, you can find survey sites for Pakistan on our website here: https://www.surveypolice.com/countries/pakistan.
As mentioned in the article, no matter where you’re from, you should never, ever use a proxy or a VPN when taking online surveys, or you risk having your account closed and being banned.