How to set up a Virtual Machine for safe arbing
Today I’m gonna show you how to set up a VM suitable for arbing in a few simple steps. This particular solution is likely, and we’re gonna see how, based on panopticlick, to improve the fingerprint of your machine.
With a VM you will:
- Avoid identification of different people playing on the same PC by locally stored objects of any kind, without having to wonder about what they might be
- Reduce fingeprintability
With respect to the second point, the machine I’m working on presently is an extremely easy target for fingerprinting. On Panopticlick, it is unique among 2.4 million machines. It’s that bad.
Within this article we’re going to make it hard to fingerprint. The VM software we’re gonna be using is the VMware Workstation 9.0, which is extremely functional and in fact easy to use.
What will be needed:
- A decent machine which can handle a VM running in it (4 GB RAM should be sufficient for most cases)
- VMware Workstation 9.0 (getting this is not hard with a little creativitiy)
- A Windows boot CD (can be in image form, a physical disk will work aswell)
- Some time
- An open mind and basic reading comprehension skills
Before some *nix fanboys start getting offended, the goal here is to appear as a normal player. Non Windows OSes are rare and hence will provide easy fingerprintability. Of course, the machine on which the VMs run can be any system supported by VMware.
So, let’s get it on!
Step 1. Install the VMware workstation
This is simple. Start the installer, and click next next next. When asked for a cdkey, provide yours.
Step 2. Set up a virtual machine
Launch the VMware workstation software.
Click on the “Create a New Virtual Machine” icon.
Point the software to either a Windows CD drive (red), or an image (blue).
Now, depending on your choice of the OS, you will either be prompted with an Easy Install window, which you fill in accordingly, or you will have to go thru the steps of installing a Windows OS. How to do it is outside the scope of this article in particular, but if you’ve ever installed an XP, Vista or W7, you’re good to go. If not, getting a hang on this is extremely easy. I even link to some tutorials.
XP (ignore the steps about booting, VMware does this for you):
How to Install Windows XP
Name the virtual machine after your friend, whether by a nickname or a full legal name (this is important).
Install Windows, whether manually or by the quick install.
Step 3. Use the virtual machine
Once the OS has been set up, you’re almost good to go. Install your favourite web browser, install Flash and Java if your bookies require it. The last part will likely take care of itself automatically.
Now you can theoretically do whatever you want on the VM, as you would on a normal PC. However, with regards to arbing and letting your friends bet from it, there are good reasons for doing it my way.
First of all, VMs prevent the bookies from tracking multiple people using the same computer to the machine by means of LOCAL STORAGE (cookies, supercookies, fingerprinting).
They don’t prevent tracking by IP or some experimental measures such as typing patterns, but the latter have not been adopted widely enough so as to force a countermeasure.
If they do get adopted in this industry, we’ll be coming up with a program to distort your typing patterns.
You gotta be mindful of the IP issues, and there are two ways to handle this. One is simple IP resets on dynamic-IP connection when a friend comes over, and this is a thing you NEED to remember. The other one, a private elite proxy server for each friend is also an option which I’ll be describing on this blog.
Once this is handled, however, you’re in a pretty comfortable situation. There are a few simple rules which will prevent most things bad from happening:
- One friend, one virtual machine (this is the single most important thing)
- Only keep browser things on the virtual machine (this means no MS Office, no Surebet Monitors, nothing but your favourite browser, Java and Flash). Access to these facilities should be done by your main machine
- The only use for the VM is for your friends to place bets from it. Don’t browse other sites to avoid tracking by reckless logins or access patterns
If these rules are adhered to religiously, your friend will be perceived as playing from his own, distinct computer. The typical setup for arbing is to use the real machine for Surebet Monitor and sharps, and the virtual one for soft bookies. Such an arrangement works extremely well with a dual-monitor setup, which we’ll be discussing soon.
- Remain aware of the IPs. This is the easiest way to fuck up a great VM setup
- Name the VMs so that it’s obvious which VM belongs to which friend
- Never let one friend log in to his account from other friend’s VM. This is the second easiest way to fuck up a great VM setup
- One should not use this configuration when in altered state of consciousness (drunk, high, very tired). This is the easiest way not to follow the above precautions. It is also ill-advised to arb in such a state
- Let me repeat. Always use the system when completely clear-minded AND sober. Generally substance limits on driving a car are proper substance limits for arbing, though I advocate complete sobriety in this regard
- To scare you into actually following what I preach, failure to obey the above instruction can (and most likely will) result in a confiscation dispute in which you and your friends have absolutely zero leverage and can say goodbye to all the money. Take a look at these:
- Install VMware workstation
- Set up your virtual machine
- Use the machine while making sure to follow the safety instructions above
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