Usually, the posts you read here help you hone your surebetting skills or point out where there’s more money to be made.
We all like making money, and we all know that in a situation where you can either lose or gain nothing, not losing is winning.
It is no secret that it’s profitable to, as one smart person put it, “have a lot of trustful friends”. What this means, I leave to your imagination. As it sometimes happens, we have a friend who has made a habit of betting big on our PC.
As we are very good friends, we don’t want our friend to get limited, do we? But sometimes, we make it very easy for the bookie to pin him down. How so?
There are a couple technical means which help websites identify us. And I’m not talking about login and password, we provide these information volunatrily. Some of these you should be familiar with already, if not, it is in your best interest to get to know the bugs 😉
And I’m not talking about the delicious constructs of carbohydrates and fats that we love so much, this is not a dietary site. I’m talking about browser cookies – constructs of bits, which can store information on our machines and serve it right back to the mother site as we visit it again.
Sometimes it’s good to engage our in-house Cookie Monster and simply clear all the cookies. Preferably before our friend visits us 😉
If you are too attached to all the autologins you have, just use another browser for betting. Like Firefox for everyday use? Say hi to Chrome. And vice versa.
I’m confident that most of you know about cookies. But web is full of links. Some of the links happen to be autoloading, and by this autoloading they set cookies, seemingly unrelated to the site you have just opened.
Keep this in mind and clear ALL the cookies, not only the ones that seem related to what bookie you want to hide from. This might be save your accounts from limits.
Now, this is a relatively recent one. As most of the users have caught up with cookies, this thing is currently one of the biggest threats to anonymity of your browser.
We’re talking some of the most pesky and intrusive things around. They really don’t do anything different than your normal non-tasty cookie, but the unawareness of them is what makes the dangerous.
The most obvious ones are the flash cookies, or LSOs.
Let this speak for itself:
Well, it makes little sense to enumerate all possible client-side trackers. This is more of academic interest and can be googled within a few minutes.
On how to get rid of such supercookies, please follow this guide:
3. Browser Fingerprints
When I’ve first heard about it, I thought that “1985” has arrived. This is an ingenious technique only a select few are aware of. Basically, your browser sends huge
catalogs of information within it’s User-Agent fields, and Flash will even make available the lists of your plugins and fonts. Why is that dangerous?
The data is massive. The probability of some other person having exactly the same fingerprint is miniscule.
Also, minor fingerprint changes can be ignored by fuzzy search algorithms. The general purpose ones do very well, and a well-motivated and skilled programmer can make a specialized one with hit rate of around 100%. Deadly.
For more information about this, feel free to refer to Panopticlick. Their material is spot on, and will likely surprise you.
How to combat this? Possibly disable Flash and JS, but remember that no data is also data. Also, unless the bookie you’re dealing with has an archaic website design (I’m thinking about you, Pinny), it might cause usage problems. Either way, disabling the sending of these information will reduce the fingerprinting accuracy.
4. A sensible solution
Yes, it is highly possible to remove all the trackers, cookies and even change your browser fingerprint. However, we have to ask the question whether it is feasible for a typical user. The answer will most likely be a resounding NO.
What is the Surebet Monitor Team’s recommended solution? Use a virtual machine. There’s plenty of information over the Internet on how to set up a VM, so I’m not gonna rehash it here.
Just keep a VM for every friend that visits you, have a dynamic IP and make good use of it (change it for each of them), and use a bit different software setup for the VMs (different versions of browsers, flash, no flash, JS on-JS off). Remember, the setup will take at most 15m for each VM once you get the hang of it, and will save thousands of euros in profit.
Make sure that the system is pretty clean on the VMs, this avoids additional fonts and plugins and will keep your browser fingerprint uninformative.
Before you go all out on the virtual machines, ensure your integration functions are off. We know that MS Virtual PC has it on by default, and you should check your VM software. This would be a terrible thing from the perspective of fingerprinting and has the record of getting people limited/blocked. Do your due dilligence.
It is also necessary to note that you don’t want your VMs to leave no identifiable trace. You actually want the opposite, just that every VM should leave a different one. This makes it very likely that each of your friends is betting from his own computer, which is precisely what we want the bookies to believe.
5. Some practical implications of fignerprinting
Let me give you some food for thought. Say that there exists a certain browser fingerprint which is highly correlated with arbers. If you were a recreational bookie’s risk manager worth his salt, you’d be preemptively limiting everybody using this fingerprint.
When would this be likely to happen? Probably when some developer hardcodes a useragent into a browserlike code. If you’ve been researching the arbitrage markets for some time, you must’ve come across a feature called “autosurf”.
It seems like a great thing. One click and you’re getting navigated to precisely the right bet on the bookie’s site, buying you precious seconds.
However, the most common implementation seems to be based on a highly fingerprintable browser engine, which makes its users susceptible to quick limiting.
This problem actually seems hard to tackle. However, hard doesn’t mean intractable, and in fact with a bit of quality thought it’s maybe not simple, but straightforward to devise an algorithm which takes care of it. It’s behavior will be vastly better than that of current implementations, which just ignore the issue, but it will still offer inferior performance to a well set-up VM, which creates a perfect illusion of a different computer for each person.
Our recommendation to both you and your friends is to place all the bets manually, through your favorite browser. Sure it takes a bit more of technique, but is safer. Additionally, with experience it actually makes it LESS LIKELY that you make an error when betting. After all, as the instruction manual for a certain car on the various drive stability and safety systems states “The aforementoined systems don’t prevent the laws of physics from acting on the vehicle”. Don’t be the dumb driver who thinks so, and remember that the thing that really matters is what is actually written on the bookie’s site, and not what your betting tools believe is written there. If you have some idea on what a real surebet looks like, it’s almost impossible to bet a wrong line that way, yet we’ve seen reports of people autobetting a wrong line and losing money that way. Count on your own eyes and skills.
Today I’ve highlighted the various privacy invasion techniques that can be used on the web, within and outside of the betting context.
Also presented were anonymizing techniques, among them the most effective and efficient of them all (short of operating a few different computers), namely the virtual machine. Also, I underlined the dangers associated with various autosurf solutions, ranging from the privacy/limiting concerns to the possibility of the automated system making a mistake.
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