VK, also known as VKontakte, is a social media platform and a social network service that’s mainly used by Russian-based audiences. VK is the most popular website in Russia with more than 640 million users since it was created. Although VK is available in multiple languages, it’s still mainly used by Russian speaking users. It has all the functions of a social media and you can even play some browser-based games on it.
Marketers use VK to do marketing projects and outreaches, like any other social media website. They would create multiple VK accounts and use bots to manage and automate their account activities like liking, commenting, and sharing. VK has a strict policy against the use of bots and also limits the number of accounts a single IP address can create though, so you will need the help of a VK proxy to avoid being banned or blocked. Utilizing proxies for data scraping on social media platforms like VK can help you gather valuable insights and information without violating the platform's rules.
A VK proxy acts as an intermediary between your device and the internet. So any web page you visit will only be able to see the IP address of the proxy server. With the help of rotating proxies, you can even change this IP address at a set interval multiple times. There are millions of IPs you can use and this makes it so that any requests your bot makes would use a different IP address. VK would be deceived into thinking that your bot’s requests are coming from different users.
The best VK proxy to use would be residential proxies. These types of proxies use real residential IPs from actual devices which effectively makes your bot appear as if it were a “real” user. It’s not advised to use a free proxy too, as free proxies are already banned and blacklisted by most popular social media sites including VK.
Some countries, like China and Ukraine, are restricted from accessing VK so users there will not be able to access it, even if you’re just visiting. Even your internet connection may be blocking your access to VK. A proxy can help you bypass these restrictions and unblock VK.
Let’s set up and configure your VK proxy settings.
To set up proxies in Windows, simply search for “Proxy Settings” in your windows search bar and open the search result.
You are then given two options to choose from: Automatic proxy setup or Manual proxy setup. If you want windows to automatically detect your proxy settings, choose the first option. Choose the second option if you want to utilize a specific ip address and port number.
If you chose the first option, then:
- Turn on Automatically detect Settings
- Turn on Use setup script
- Enter the script address
- Click Save
If you chose the second option, then:
- Turn on Use a proxy server
- Input both server address and port number
- If you have any addresses you would like to visit without a proxy, enter them here
- Turn on Don’t use the proxy server for local addresses check box if you want to access a local server without a proxy
- Click Save
To start configuring your proxy settings in MacOS, simply:
Step 1. Click on the Apple Icon.
Step 2. On the drop down menu, click on “System Preferences”.
Step 3. Click on “Network”
Step 4. Click on “Advanced”
Note: Make sure to connect to your wi-fi first.
Step 5. Click on “Proxies”
This should then redirect you to MacOS proxy settings. MacOS is more straightforward compared to windows. You only have one option which is to manually configure your proxy server.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Select which proxy IP protocol you want to configure. This depends on which protocols your proxy service provider offers.
- Turn on Secure Web Proxy
- Input the Proxy Server Address and Port Number
- Click OK to save the configurations
Note: You may be prompted for your Mac user password to save your settings.
To configure a mobile VK proxy, simply change your phone’s proxy settings . The VK app will copy your phone’s proxy settings whenever you use it. This is applicable for both Android and IOS. Here’s a thorough guide for Android and another one for iPhone.
Congratulations! You have now finished setting up your VK proxy settings. Note that the first time you visit it, there will be a pop up asking for your login credentials.
Note: A reminder to make sure that the web browser you’re using for VK is set to automatically copy your system’s proxy settings. It’s recommended to use Google Chrome because it automatically does this.