We give up with the simple and plain unlimited model!
After we have been under heavy usage mode by scripting and abusive users, we had to upgrade our pricing and limitations. The residential IPs were an add-on for users, who want to watch a few episodes of shows they can not get in their country or to access information that is blocked otherwise by geo-fencing. Now these numbers have been heavily abused for surveys and spider activity (aka scraping) on a level that we lost a few hundred dollars last month.
That had to end and so it did today.
Sorry for that, but our network is for agencies and online marketing professionals, who need a stable and simple approach for their moderate activities. Heavy usage is something that costs heavy money.
We can help you in setting up a large scale network, but for the simple approach behind PersonaTool – these spikes in traffic were just too much!
PersonaTool 4.2 is ready for download. I have updated the underlying Chromium-Version to release 59 and the package comes with NodeJS 8.1 now! I have also improved the Automation Tool for Windows and implemented smaller bug fixes.
Folks, just a short heads up: I have just uploaded the latest release with additional 40 proxies.
These additional proxies are named COUNTRY-residential-XX and indicate, that the proxy is running on a residential IP number like Comcast, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, etc.
These IPs are especially useful, if you want to use the strict geo-blocking services in the entertainment area (like Netflix or Amazon Prime) from abroad.
It has to be said, that we do not allow Google to be used via these IPs, because we had fraud attempts on Google AdSense and scraping attacks via our proxies. So we filter that out and Google will ask you for a Captcha, if you use these IPs.
This release also brings the underlying Chrome to version 57 and has some improvements under the hood. Most importantly: we block the IP broadcasting of your local network via WebRTC, which is kind of an evil backdoor to your real IP.
Folks, if you have saved profiles with the old Amazon proxy in Brazil: please select the new one, we have just updated the proxy list and added another machine via Azure – Amazon was getting too expensive for the computing instance!
We have just (May 11th) uploaded a new release of PersonaTool. This new release includes the free setting of a proxy configuration, according to the standards of NWJS.io and you can use http proxies, socks proxies, etc.:
So you may use PersonaTool with other proxy settings, too!
Furthermore we have added one configuration option to allow the location setting be transmitted – if you do a local search on Google and want to make sure, the search engine “thinks” you are in Mexico City: that works now, as well:
Last but not least: there is a new proxy in Spain available for your maximum pleasure around the globe. We are now in 23 countries and counting! The new release carries the 3.1 version number and you can download it right away.
This week ends with some updates we have published over the course of the last days:
Modern layout of the homepage: I am not a strong believer in layout coolness. The stuff has to be clear and easy to understand first – then design comes in… at least in my mind. But since a lot of people around me said the old orange layout looked outdated, I have updated it to a fresh flat design.
New release with better scrolling: that bug really haunted me during the last updates and I was not sure, where it was caused: during recordings, the scrolling did not work very good. Under Windows it did not scroll at all, most of the times. Now I found the cause and removed that bug.
Zonion updates: I have also updated the smaller release of PersonaTool – called Zonions.com for those, who just want proxy, nothing else…
We have just release Version 2.6 for Mac and Windows. This release includes a new Sharing Button at the top navigation bar, so you have easy access to all your favorite social networks.
That functionality works “per Persona” – meaning: if you are logged in with Twitter or Facebook with a specific account “PersonaA” in one profile, you share and post with that login for the active persona. You can run multiple Personas and share under different accounts per PersonaTool window.
The sharing also happens via the configured proxy.
We have also included our partners in the tools section and you will find links to the best SEO tools, who support us in promoting and distributing the software.
Get your latest version here. As always: if you have created Personas with previous versions, copy the “ids/” folder away before you update. After installation, copy it back.