Wireless Security Initial Concepts

Wireless security is an important part of your wireless network Without even getting Wireless Security into wired Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) there are certain things you can do to make your network secure and shut down the easy avenue for the hacker attacks.

An acronym for Wired Equivalent Privacy, WEP is an encryption scheme used to protect your wireless data communications.

WEP uses a combination of 40-bit keys to provide access control to your network and encryption security for every data transmission. To decode a data transmission, each wireless client on the network must use an identical 64 or 128-bit key.

Securing Wireless Networks

Ever since 2001, the use of wireless networks has exploded both in home and corporate environments. By 2006, more than 80 millions wireless local area network (WLAN) nodes should be in the hands of residential and business users combined.

Securing WLANs has been a concern almost since their inception and while much progress has been made with the introduction of WEP and WPA, both have been shown to have their own weaknesses or implementation issues.

While 802.11i is said to improve upon WEP and WPA, it is not yet commercially available and it may prove over time to have its own weaknesses as well.

There are wireless security steps that network administrators and home users alike may take to augment the security of their wireless networks, and discussing some of these steps is the purpose of this site.

None of these steps is intended as a replacement to WEP or WPA, but rather as a complement. Many of these steps do not apply to public hot spots, however, as it is generally the intent of the spot’s owner or operator to make access as easy and convenient as possible.  After all we use our networks for an increasing amount of our lives from entertainment to household and financial management.

Just have a look at this video which demonstrates how an ex-pat has turned their wireless network into a home entertainment portal. Although the channels listed are not accessible outside the uK by relaying through a third party server you can hide your location. It’s doesn’t always work but there are solutions you can see – Netflix America in UK. It’s an example why a fast, secure wireless network has become something of a necessity in the modern world.

Please remember that computer security is a complex issue and it would take volumes just to explain all of the ins and outs, but if you take some precaution to secure your wireless home network, you’ll have a basic understanding of this technology and a excellent start.

Quick Tip: All wireless devices must use the same WEP key!

Adapters and access point and other equipment all come with a default password and other settings – You should quickly change these values. Leaving these default values unchanged, just invites trouble, remember this is your private network, but the airwaves are public and the door is open to anyone that’s up to no good.

The most important values to change are the SSID, make sure this setting is the same for all devices in your wireless network.
A few things you can do to make your SSID more secure

  • Make it unique
  • Change it regularly
  • Disable SSID Broadcast

The SSID (Short for service set identifier) also referred to as a network name because essentially it is a name that identifies a wireless network.

Is the unique name shared among all devices in a wireless network. The SSID must be identical for all devices in the wireless network. It is case-sensitive and must not exceed 32 alphanumeric characters, which may be any keyboard character.

Quick Tip: It is important to note, however, that using the manufacturer’s default SSID, makes it easier for hackers or individuals to identify the access point’s manufacturer and look for specific weaknesses that may be used to gain unauthorized access or deny others access.

Make sure this setting is the same for all devices in your wireless network to insure Wireless security, I recommend that you change the default SSID to a unique name of your choice.

Disabling SSID broadcasting can be a useful security feature. However, when SSID broadcasting is disabled, Wireless site survey tools such as Windows XP’s Zero Configuration utility will not function.

It is best to disable the SSID broadcast until you have configured all of your wireless network clients.

Additional Reading: British TV Abroad, James Collins.

Wireless Network Traffic -The Basics

For 802.11b and 802.11g products use the radio frequency in the 2.4Gz band the band used by cordless phones, The 802.11a products use the 5.8Gh band used by the less common group of phones The 11Mps and 54Mps are not what you actually get.

Typical wireless speeds for 802.11b products is about 4-5 Mbps and the 802.11g have an capacity of about 20Mbps and the 802.11a are about 22Mbps.

Just about enough speed for modern applications for example watching BBC TV abroad like in this video.

It’s not uncommon in the computer industry to exaggerate a little about the speed of their devices, after all is a 17-inch monitor really 17 inches, a 80GB disk drive 80 Gigs and I know that modem of yours doesn’t deliver 56Kbps bits to your computer.

The main reason for the wireless speeds inflated rating is that some of it is taken by overhead, and even these lower capacities can be limited by distance-walls and other environmental conditions.

Dual-Band

54 Mbps and 11 Mbps, 8+3 non-overlapping channels, 64 users per access point, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Dual-band products – Linksys – WPC55AG – 54Mbps 802.11g/b/a Wireless Cardbus Adapter are a good choice in environments that are just getting started with 802.11b networks but expect that faster speeds will soon be needed.

Dual-band products offer both 802.11b and 802.11a functionality, in both PC Cards USB ports and AP products, enabling WLANs that can accept both types of clients. Dual-band clients automatically search for the best connection as users roam throughout the office or campus environment. Dual-band offers the best of both worlds.

Benefits

Simultaneous operation: Both 802.11a and 802.11b technologies operate side-by-side, without interference. Users can select either band, or both.

Enhanced roaming

The same WLAN adapter can be used in more places, such as home, work, and public hot spots, without configuration changes. Highest density: Up to 11 channels from both protocols are available, supporting more users.

Protects WLAN investment, supports both high- and low-speed network devices. Easier administration: Dual-band units combine two technologies into one, easing administration and support costs in environments where both types of devices are needed. Less interference: Devices have more channel options available.

Many dual-band products feature improved security capabilities, enhancing the WEP standard and offering additional functions such as MAC address filtering.

Where It Should Be Used

Dual-band products offer the best of both worlds

Anywhere there is an existing WLAN infrastructure that may need to accommodate both 802.11a and 802.11b USB devices. Will also support 802.11g devices. Density: Wherever maximum density is needed, dual-band is the right solution. Dual-band products have more channels (11), so they can support more users. This can result in a lower deployment costs.

Flexibility

Dual-band offers maximum wireless speed and maximum range. A single configuration can support both network protocols, reducing the need to support multiple environments or reconfigure client devices as users move between them. This results in lower support costs.

Examples

Include businesses where offices are co-located with warehouses, large campus environments, people traveling between multiple WLAN network types, or any organization that wants to extend existing WLAN to support the other protocol.

Further Reading:
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Confused About Wireless Speeds – Standards Archive

Confused about wireless speeds, on your wireless home computer let me explain. All of the important standards are know by Wi-Fi the standards are themselves maintained by a association called Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) interoperability among the various products is a good thing.

One of the first standard to hit the market and still the most popular is called 802.11b with a rated speed of 11 Mbps – mega bits per second A standard for 802.11a, it is rated at 54Mbps – 25 Mbps – when .11b is not present and yes, “b” came before “a”

The newest product on the block with an increase in wireless speed 802.11g which is rated at 54Mbp unless you install a 802.11b card (11Mbps) , then the speed drops to the slowest device 802.11b, but they are compatible with 802.11b network interface (NIC) cards.

They should also have no problems or issues with using standard protocols such as TCP/IP which has a reliable connection and delivery protocol.  You can use them on servers and multihomed devices such as rotating proxies

Because of backward compatibility, older and slower 802.11b radio cards can interface directly with an 802.11g access point and vice versa at 11Mbps or lower wireless speeds , depending upon the range.

Quick Tip: The wireless speed gold standard is*802.11g – – the newest, fastest and most powerful kid on the block 802.11 radio technology that broadens bandwidths to 54 Mbps within the 2.4 GHz band.

In other words the two standards work together fine. But if I where installing a new wireless network or adding new wireless pc’s I would use the *802.11g for all of my computers.

We all like speed and no matter how fast we can go, on line or off , we still want to do it faster. When I moved my ISP account from the basic dial up modem (56Kbs) and replaced it with Cable I was one happy computer guy.  Let’s be honest those days are long gone and little basic modems wouldn’t keep up with even a very basic static web site now.

Most people now expect to be able to stream directly irrespective of which device they’re on.  How many of us have sat in a cafe or on a bus streaming HD quality video to the small phone in our hand, this takes a serious amount of bandwidth even if you have access to a 4G network.  I know for a fact that many people on my early morning train sit and watch the BBC on a VPN (we’re outside UK) using the wireless access point provided on the train.

Quick Tip: Troubleshooting cabling performance If you’re experiencing connection problems- check the following

So as far as wireless speed and wired networks are concerned…

    • Look for sources of interference, such as power outlets, fluorescent lights, power supplies, and coiled or extra-long cables.
    • Make sure all cable connections are secure. Check the link light on the network card – Nic – the devices you are connecting with each cable.
    • Make sure you have used the correct type of cables, either straight-through or crossover. Check hardware setup instructions to verify which cable you might need.
    • Be sure that you have not used a telephone cable in an Ethernet cable port.

The speed chain of command goes like this…

  • Fiber optic cable Uses light 186,000 MilesPsec, that’s fast The speed of light depends on the material that the light moves through – for example: light moves slower in water – glass and through the atmosphere than in a vacuum
  • Coaxial cable uses shielding to keep the signal focused and RG-6 & Cat. 5E 350MHz Dual Cableuses shielding to keep the signal focusedl reduces interference
  • Twisted pair Most commonly used in wired networks – UTP Cat 5e twists the pairs around each other to reduce interference and reinforce the signal

How to Activate Hotstar in UK or USA

For those of us who grew up with the internet or should I say grew with the internet then the increasing amount of filtering and censorship is somewhat worrying. I remember it wasn’t always the same. A memory comes to mind of about 1997 firing up my 486 computer, clicking on that connect button and listening to my 14.4k modem beep and click as it made my internet connection. There was still that excitement and wonder of connecting to a different world, a little device which enabled free communication with people from across the planet.

I was looking for information about ailments on elephants for one of my students in my internet class. They worked in a local zoo and were worried about one of their elderly elephants. The world was nowhere near as connected as it is today and it was thought that the internet may help. We first logged in using a telnet session to the University of Wales online database, no real restrictions or passwords as I remember. Just free open access to a useful information portal. Then we found email addresses and even a newsgroups frequented by vets, biologists and various Zoo type people. In all we found the help he needed, and boy did it feel good.

Although now it’s arguably easier to find your way around the internet, it’s also becoming increasingly frustrating. In the last few years it seems I’m forever getting redirected or messages telling me that something’s not available due to my location. In the Internet I remember, location didn’t matter – this was a virtual, digital world where everyone is equal.

Wherever you go online you seem to be confronted with barriers now – take this screen which you receive if you try and visit the Hotstar site, a wonderful Indian media broadcaster.
Activate Hotstar in UK

I went there mainly for the sport, there’s a huge cricket session including the IPL coverage.  Also if  you want to watch Premiership football without being conned into a massive Sky or BT package, the Hotstar has rights at least it did last season.  Yet again I was frustrated as the whole site is only accessible if you have an Indian IP address,

Now I’d normally use Identity Cloaker to bypass these blocks but they don’t actually have any Indian VPN servers so it wouldn’t work.   However there are other options and I thought I’d try out a Smart DNS solution instead, to be more specific the 14 day free trial from Smart DNS Proxy .  It worked wonderfully as you can see in the following video which is hosted currently on YouTube.

As you can see it’s pretty much transparent after you set it up, certainly more so than using a VPN which needs to be connected while you’re accessing the Hotstar site. The other big advantage is that because you don’t stream the entire connection through the VPN server you don’t have that extra hop to slow you down. The other speed boost over a VPN is that there is no layer of encryption to slow the stream down either. Now obviously this means that it adds no security at all, but it could be argued that it’s not really needed if you’re just streaming video.

There’s another post about accessing the site here – How to Watch Hotstar in the UK. As you can see it works perfectly and seamlessly in the background. I am starting to see the benefits of using these Smart DNS systems too as I was able to quickly configure my NVidia Shield with the same DNS settings so I could watch using that.

Works a treat, and Hotstar is brilliant fun – it’s also worth checking out the various documentaries and news programmes many of them are in English. Gives you a whole new perspective of the world to be honest.

Why Travellers Should Always use a VPN

Most of us now consider a VPN service as an essential tool for doing anything online.  If you travel and use access points in places like hotels, cafes and airports – using a VPN is pretty much essential.   If you don’t then it’s almost inevitable that at some point you’ll be the victim of some sort of cyber crime.

One of the main issues with these free Wifi points is that they are nearly always installed and configured with someone with no comprehension of computer security.  Indeed many surveys have found a huge proportion of these devices are installed with default settings. Only the larger chain organisations are likely to have some dedicated staff able to configure these properly and even then this isn’t often the case.

Think of all the places you use free internet access, who supports the connection do you think?  Who would you call if there was a problem?  In most cases the information would be very hard to find as they are probably installed in flying visit then some vague telephone support at the end of the phone.  In smaller organisations it’s often the dreaded – ‘friend who knows computers’.

It’s why all these access points are so tempting to identity thieves and cyber criminals.  Here’s just a small selection of the major issues:

  • Central Access Points used often by hundreds of people to check secure sites like email, banking, paypal etc.
  • Often poorly configured with low security.
  • Allow access to intercept all sorts of data using Man in the Middle style attacks.
  • Allows anonymity for attackers who don’t even have to present if they hack into the router.

They’re certainly a huge attraction for organised identity thieves for example who can steal all sorts of data if they are able to hack into the router. The other popular method is to simply set up a free internal access point in the same location and give it a similar name. Setting up this somewhere near a hotel lobby or coffee shop means you can steal peoples details while they browse. This attack is often known as the “evil Twin” attack using a bogus access point.

If someone compromises an access point or gets you to connect to a fake one then your data is in real trouble. Forget about SSL or HTTPS all these can be bypassed if they have control of the access point you’re using. Pretty soon the cyber criminals can have emails accounts, banking details and all sorts of personal details.

Your only hope is to add your own personal layer of encryption which protects account names and details – for this you need a VPN. Now over the years many people have been using proxies and VPNs for a variety of reasons. However for people travelling then the overriding priority should be security. The best VPN for BBC iPlayer might not be the best VPN to keep your internet connection secure for example.

Many people use Smart DNS systems to bypass geo-blocks on popular media sites however these should be avoided. Although they can work for bypassing blocks they offer no security whatsoever and there is no encryption layer added to any of the connections. The Smart DNS services are not secure nor where they designed to offer any online protection.

The same could be said for all the specialised proxies you see for sale too. Although a proxy will hide your identity to some extent from the website you are visiting and your ISP. It will offer virtually no protection against any other sort of middle man attacks. Even some of the highly specialized ones used for merchandising bots don’t really help. You can invest hundreds of dollars in the best rotating proxies you can buy, yet without an encryption layer you are still vulnerable.

Fortunately there are some VPN services which offer the best of both worlds. Firstly avoid those who sell themselves as TV watching services, they won’t take the security side seriously. They’ll also likely have slower servers as all the users will be constantly streaming video through them. Look for companies who stress the security of their system, make sure they don’t keep logs and have proper grown up responses to privacy issues.

Overview of Parsed Mail Headers

Overview of parsed mail headers

The following is a list of a lot of the most popular mail headers, you can use this information to identify the origins and build these into scripts.
General Mail Details

Header Matching RegExExplanation
From|^from:(.*)|miThe From-address, the person who (allegedly) sent this e-mail.
To|^to:(.*)|miThe To-address, to whom the mail was addressed.
Subject|^subject:(.*)|miThe subject of the e-mail, as shown in the mailclient.
Carbon Copy|^cc:(.*)|miCarbon Copy list of e-mail addresses
MIME Version|^mime\-version:(.*)|miMIME
Return Path|^Return\-Path:(.*)|mReturn Path to which mails would bounce
Reply to|^Reply\-To:(.*)|miA reply to this e-mail would be sent to this address, which is not necessarily the same as the From-address.
Originating IP|^X\-Originating\-IP:(.*)|miThe IP address of the computer on which the email originated.
Originating e-mail|^X\-Originating\-Email:(.*)|mi Another representation of the sender of the email. Some mailers add this as a precaution against those who spoof the "From:" line.
Delivered to|^Delivered\-To:(.*)|miThe account to which the e-mail was finally delivered to.
In reply to|^In\-Reply\-To:(.*)|miThis e-mail message was sent as a reply to this address.
Forwarded to|^X\-Forwarded\-To:(.*)|miThis message was forwarded from another account (probably automatic).
Forwarded for|^X\-Forwarded\-For:(.*)|mi The account which forwarded this e-mail.
References|^References:(.*)|mi
Message Id|^Message\-ID:(.*)|miA unique identifier for this e-mail (at least, in the sending MTA).
HeaderMatching RegExExplanation
Received SPF|^received\-spf:(.*)|miThe received SPF record
Authentication Results|^Authentication\-Results:(.*)|miAuthentication Results (usually SPF related)
Spamcheck Version|^X\-Spam\-Checker\-Version:(.*)|mX-Spam-Checker-Version: which software was used
Spam Status|^X\-Spam\-Status:(.*)|miX-Spam-Status: was this spam?
Scanned by|^X\-Scanned\-By:(.*)|miSoftware used to scan this message.
Virus scanned|^X\-Virus\-Scanned:(.*)|miScanned for virusses.
HeaderMatching RegExExplanation
Accept Language|^Accept\-Language:(.*)|miIndicates the preference with regard to language.
Content Language|^Content\-Language:(.*)|miIndicates the language of the content.
Accept Language|^acceptlanguage:(.*)|mSee: 'Accept-Language'

The following can be traced including if they’re using residential proxies.

HeaderMatching RegExExplanation
MailScanner Information|^X\-NUCLEUS\-MailScanner\-Information:(.*)|miAdditional information on the MailScanner.
Mailscanner ID|^X\-NUCLEUS\-MailScanner\-ID:(.*)|miInternal ID used in MailScanner software.
Mailscanner result|^X\-NUCLEUS\-MailScanner:(.*)|mi Result of the MailScanner process, whether it was spam or not.
Mailscanner spamcheck|^X\-NUCLEUS\-MailScanner\-SpamCheck:(.*)|mi
Mailscanner from|^X\-NUCLEUS\-MailScanner\-From:(.*)|miFrom-header received by MailScanner.
Spamscore|^X\-NUCLEUS\-MailScanner\-SpamScore:(.*)|miIf mail was marked as spam, this will hold the spamscore.
HeaderMatching RegExExplanation
Date Sent|^date:(.*)|miDate at which the e-mail was sent.
Original Arrival Time|^X\-OriginalArrivalTime:(.*)|miThis is a time stamp placed on the message when it first passes through a Microsoft Exchange server.
HeaderMatching RegExExplanation
Content Type|^Content\-Type:(.*)|miThe type of content that is being sent via mail.
Transfer Encoding|^Content\-Transfer\-Encoding:(.*)|miThe encoding used to send the message.
Content class|^Content\-class:(.*)|miAnother MIME header, telling MIME-compliant mail programs what type of content to expect in the message.
Content disposition|^Content\-Disposition:(.*)|miHow the content of the mail should be handled (inline, attachment, ...).
HeaderMatching RegExExplanation
Mailer software |^X\-Mailer:(.*)|miThe mailclient or mailing software used to send out the e-mail.
User Agent |^User\-Agent:(.*)|mi The mailing software that the client has identified himself as.
Mail Priority |^X\-Priority:(.*)|miThe priority with which this e-mail was sent.
Sender |^X\-Sender:(.*)|miA custom header, to show the real sender e-mail address.
Microsoft Mail Priority|^X\-Msmail\-Priority:(.*)|miThe priority as entered in Microsoft Mail.
User Agent|^X\-User\-Agent:(.*)|mi User Agent used to send the e-mail.
Header Matching RegExExplanation
Mime OLE|^X\-MimeOLE:(.*)|mi Mime OLE software used by the sender.
Thread index \-Index:(.*)|miIs used for associating multiple messages to a similar thread. For example, in Outlook the conversation view would use this information to find messages in one conversation thread.
TNEF Correlator|^X\-MS\-TNEF\-Correlator:(.*)|miThe Transport Neutral Encapsulation Format is Microsoft Exchange/Outlook specific, used when sending messages formatted as Rich Text Format (RTF).
Has attachment |^X\-MS\-Has\-Attach:(.*)|miInforms that the client is ready to send attachments and it also informs whether or not the e-mail contains any attachments. If the e-mail contains attachments the information header X-MS-Has-Attach: will say "yes" after colon.
Thread topic |^Thread\-Topic:(.*)|miUsually the original subject, used as the readable version of Thread-Index.
     

Additional@ Using Proxies to watch Match of the Day Stream

 

 

Choosing the Right ISP for your Needs

Obviously the choice you have for your internet connection varies depending on numerous factors. In many areas especially in the remoter regions there is little to no option available, so you’re left to take whatever you can. However fortunately in most areas at least of the more developed nations there’s a decent choice of both Internet service providers but also individual plans that they offer.

If you live in a large city in somewhere like the US or the United Kingdom you’ll have the benefit of lots of different options, speeds and prices to choose from. The more competition there is the better the options are likely to be although, being in a rural remote area will also impact this factor significantly.

So if the range is largely dependent on your location then you’d think choosing the right plan would then be fairly straightforward. After all if you can check things like price and speed then it would appear fairly easy to compare and choose the best ones. However this is not always the case and often the consumer will only see a proportion of the available internet plans. This sounds strange but the reality is that most ISPs have two distinct sales departments one for home customers and another for businesses. What’s more these departments will also have two separate offerings as far as internet plans go one for business and one for the home users. However in most cases there’s no issue about which plans you choose whether you have a trading company or not.

Now business plans will for the most part be more expensive than ordinary residential plans. However there is a reason for this and that’s mainly because you’ll find better speeds, lower contention and much more responsive support. You might see similar speeds promised across different plans but usually these will be figures that promise speeds – ‘up to’ a specified range. In reality the business users will consistently see much higher speeds than the residential users simply because less people will be using the same lines.

Remember you don’t need to run a business to invest in a business plan, and sometimes although they look more costly they can often be much better value than the residential offerings. Of course many people now often run part time businesses too, perhaps running a YouTube channel or buying and selling on eBay, Gumtree or Amazon. This may be an even bigger incentive to invest in one of the better business subscriptions to ensure that you maintain access to the internet on a consistent basis.

There are other things to consider though especially if you run some sort of business on the side. One of the considerations is something that many people don;t even consider and that’s the classification of your IP address. With some ISP plans this classification changes depending on which plan you use, so the business customers have business IP addresses and the home users residential ones. This can possibly be important as in some areas, access from a commercial IP address is restricted. For example the media giant Netflix blocks access from any business registered IP addresses in order to block people circumventing their geo-restrictions. You can learn a little bit more about the differences between residential and commercial IP addresses in this site – http://residentialip.net/ and there are many other resources too.

THe issues is that business plans although often faster are focused more on workplace and web hosting. So although speeds can be better there’s often less flexibility for ‘normal web browsing’ mainly because of the commercial IP address.

Further Reading: Using Residential Proxies

Sneaker Proxies and Servers

Many people spend literally thousands of dollars a month on using proxies, a fact that surprises many.  After all if you do a quick google search you’ll find lots of lists of free proxies all over the place.  Many are listed as being super secure and elite, so why on earth do people spend lots of money on them.

Well firstly, it’s important to remember that anyone who has the vaguest clue about online privacy, anonymity and the risks of cyber crime would never go anywhere near a free proxy server.  At best there badly configured proxies accidentally left open by some overworked networked admin somewhere, which means that you’re potentially stealing bandwidth if you use them.  At worst, and it’s an increasingly likely scenario the proxy has been left open on purpose in order to steal user credentials like emails, accounts and passwords.  It’s not much of a choice really, so you’d be advised to stay well clear of them.

sneaker proxies and servers

So there is a big market for safe and legitimate proxies for a variety of uses and one of the most popular is buying sneakers from online web retailers.  You see all the big retailers of sneakers (trainers in parts of Europe) release limited edition versions of their sneakers which are very much in demand.  You can try and buy them online but it’s very difficult to do and you’d have to be very quick and luck to even grab as single pair.

Obviously because they’re scarce and valuable then some people want to get lots of these – there’s an obvious profit opportunity there even if you don’t want to wear them.   So how do people get to buy loads of these sneakers online from palces like Supreme, Footlocker and Nike well they basically use software.

There are lots of automated tools and bots which you can configure to attempt to buy these sneakers when they become available.  If you get the right set up you can buy loads of these for whatever purpose you like.  The software acts like a human purchaser but with infinite patience repeatedly trying to buy the specified sneakers until they are successful. Lots of people buy up loads of these and indeed run successful businesses simply reselling these shoes at inflated prices.

TO maximise their chances they install the software programs on high availability servers with lots of bandwidth.  These can be programmed remotely to leap into action as soon as a new release becomes available.

The issue is that obviously the retailers don’t like this and try and block access to all automated efforts to buy the sneakers.  They look for things like multiple connections from the same IP addresses and ban these instantly. Which means even if you have your own server if it tries to often to buy the sneakers then it will get banned and the server and software will be unusable.

The solution is to add another layer of protection by utilizing sneaker proxies to hide your location and allow the software or Bot to rotate it’s identity in order to keep running.  It’s not difficult to do but the the essential requirement is that these are sneaker proxies with a special configuration.

The first important component which you’ll never get with free proxies is to ensure it has lots of residential IP addresses.  These are actually quite hard to get because these addresses are only normally handed out by ISPs to home users.  Most online retailers know that people try to hide their locations and often block all non-residential IP addresses automatically. Normal commercial VPN and proxies will have commercial IP addresses so won’t work in this situation.

This is what makes sneaker proxies so special, they should definitely have residential IP addresses which makes them pretty much undetectable from normal home users.  Unfortunately it’s also what makes them so expensive as obtaining, supporting and running these sorts of residential proxies is pretty costly.

There are a few companies around who have managed to obtain and specialize in residential IP proxies but there aren’t many.  In our opinion the best and most trusted supplier is a company called Storm Proxies which you can find in the link below.

Storm Proxies

Advanced Residential Proxies – Backconnect Rotating IPs

One of the earliest uses of proxy servers were to add some control over access and bandwidth to the internet from large corporate networks.  Instead of having thousands of individual computers accessing the same resources individually, a proxy can request, cache and forward the same information.  Firstly this helps reduce network traffic but more importantly allows network administrators to control and check both incoming and outgoing traffic in a single spot.

This is of course, not their only use and nowadays you can find proxies all over the place in all sorts of configurations.  The proxy server has found a new lease of life as an effective way of hiding your location and staying anonymous online.  In this article we are going to talk about a specialised configuration now commonly used for supporting automated tools and bots that people use online.

It’s easy to hide behind a single proxy to complete a single task,  however if you want to use software which performs multiple tasks then it becomes a little more complicated.  The main issue is that if a proxy is detected it can be blocked or filtered really easily, adding it’s IP addresses to a black list effectively make that proxy useless with regards  that site.

You may have come across this message in some form when using Google for instance –

Residential Proxies

it’s simply a message triggered when Google receives too many requests from a single IP address.  You can actually cause it to happen manually just by searching too quickly but obviously any software will trigger it much more easily.  So for example, research tools which send multiple requests to search engines becoming completely useless in this situation.

This is a problem suffered by all sorts of tools which need to process multiple connections to specific websites.  Things like SEO tools, automated posters, Sneaker and Twitter bots and hundreds of other automated tools that people use online to make money online.  None of them will work properly without using a significant number of proxies to support these requests.

Using Residential Proxies with Rotating IPs for Automated Tools

There are several important things to remember about using proxies in this way, including the type of IP addresses that are assigned to them. There are two major classifications of available IP addresses, commercial and residential.

  • Commercial IP Addresses – are assigned to private companies and datacentres.
  • Residential IP Addresses – are assigned to individuals and home users usually through their ISP (Internet Service Providers)

By far the most valuable are residential IP addresses simply because commercial addresses are mostly detected and blocked automatically.  Most commercial sites want to allow ordinary users, who will almost always originate from a residential IP address. Unfortunately most commonly available addresses are commercial as they usually are assigned to servers in datacentres.

If you sign up for a web site, hire a dedicated server or even just subscribe to a VPN service – all the IP addresses will be classified as commercial ones.   These addresses are actually very simple to get, however the home user addresses needed for dedicated residential proxies are much, much harder to obtain.  If you try and search you’ll find there are not many residential IP providers online.  The primary source of these addresses is ISPs however these are only allocated to individuals at specific locations.  It’s impossible to simply buy a range of residential IP addresses and assign them to some high powered servers stored in a datacentre unfortunately.   They can be obtained but the process requires contacts, expertise and lots of hardware to support them.

Private residential proxies and their addresses are therefore extremely valuable and it’s vital that they do not become banned or blocked from overuse.  Although the classification of these addresses won’t cause them to be blocked, they will be banned if too many concurrent connections originate from them.

A simple proxy server with a few residential IP addresses, isn’t going to cut it – a few automated tools running on a high bandwidth connection is going to burn through them pretty quickly.  People running all sorts of tools like Twitter Bots, Sneaker Bots and high end SEO tools need thousands of these addresses in order operate.  Even if you buy rotating proxies there’s no guarantee that this will be sufficient to support many of these tools.

Fortunately a couple of companies, and it’s no more than this have built something much more sophisticated.   These networks consist of residential IPs backconnect rotating proxies which can support thousands of IP addresses and allow all these tools and bots to run without issues.  These backconnect proxy servers aren’t single servers which simply forward and receive data like traditional proxies.   They are actually a gateway to a mesh of different machines supporting thousands of IP addresses and configurations networked together.  Every request is filtered through a different proxy and rotated through a a unique configuration with varying referrer data.

These networks allow you to point at the network and switch through thousands of IP addresses, they even switch the referrer data.  They’re obviously extremely difficult to assemble and take ongoing development however they allow thousands of users to run these high powered automated applications.  The only company who own and run their own hardware to support these residential backconnect proxies is called Storm Proxies.

You can buy residential proxies and other specialised servers on the link below.  they include a 48 money back trial as standard.

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Interpreting the Use of Digital Identity

At the center of this service-oriented economic state are network-based, automated operations. Automated purchases are definitely essentially different than the operations that transpire within the physical world. The moment I stop by the convenience store in order to purchase a snack, I can easily switch money for peanuts. Unless the clerk happens to know me, the transaction is confidential. In contrast, in the service– oriented economy, confidential transactions are scarce, simply because delivering service immediately generally implies that you have so as to know something pertaining to who’s receiving the service, otherwise their names, then at the very least their choices or other attributes.

This identifying data is commonly transmitted digitally, across the network. Inside a service-oriented economy, electronic identity matters. Naturally whenever we talk about the service-oriented economy, we’re not actually merely talking about e-commerce. Take note that my example with the convenience store involved a tiny cash transaction. Nevertheless imagine the identical situation, with the exception of this time around I utilize a debit card, credit card, or check. Throughout any of those scenarios, I’ve invoked a network-based monetary service as part of the overall transaction.

Network-based support services are as pervasive in transactions that take place in the physical world as they are in online interaction and communications. In an automated, network-based service, I have in order to know who you are in order to offer anyone accessibility to my service. Since these particular services are significantly delivered over electronic digital networks, businesses really need trustworthy, safe and secure, and private means for producing, storing, transmitting, and employing digital identities.

Network-based, automatic services are not only delivered to customers, workers, partners, and providers also interact along with the company via services. In a lot of cases, anonymous service is impossible or undesired, and as a consequence, digital identities must be assigned and managed. In addition to determining clients in order to sell them services, business have an increasing need to identify employees, systems, resources, and services in a step-by-step way to create business agility and assure the security of business assets.

This is being made increasingly complicated by the global marketplace and transactions stretching across national boundaries.  For example there’s nothing to stop someone from France making digital transactions with a US or UK firm.  Normally these can of course be identified by their is a further complication if the individual hides their location perhaps by using something like a UK VPN connection.

Using Digital Identity

Digital identity is generally the lynch pin within every of the activities we have actually just discussed, along with a wide assortment of other activities important to business. For this reason, exactly how your organization manages digital identities will have a great influence on whether you are continuously dealing with issues brought on simply by a lack of attention to taking care of identity, or whether you are exploiting opportunity enabled by a flexible and rational digital identity infrastructure.

Additional – http://www.iplayerabroad.com/2018/03/30/watch-uk-tv-online-vpn/