ARB412: Friends and family – Virtual Machines
As noted in the previous lesson, the ideal method for avoiding bookmaker tracking technologies and delay identification as an arber is to use of a completely separate arbing-only computer that implements the discussed tracking avoidance techniques, however not everyone can afford or justify the expense of additional hardware.
That is where Virtual Machines come into their own.
A Virtual Machine is a piece of software that runs on your computer and allows you to create additional simulated computers (each in its own window) and each simulated computer can have its own operating system and its own software installed.
Therefore, you can effectively arb with multiple accounts by having a separate Virtual Machine for each user – allowing arbers to properly implement the appropriate tracking avoidance techniques without the cost of additional hardware.
Below we introduce the procedure for installing and using Virtual Machines. However, there are thousands of detailed guides on the internet for setting up Virtual Machines, so we will not be getting too technical.
Installing and using Virtual Machines
Step 1: Download and install your preferred Virtual Machine hosting software. All the best Virtual Machine hosting software is completely free. The hosting software used by Sports Arbitrage Australia is Oracle VM VirtualBox.
Step 2: After installation, create a new Virtual Machine inside the hosting software. Name the Virtual Machine after the new user so that it becomes obvious which Virtual Machine belongs to which account.
Step 3: Install an operating system on the new Virtual Machine. Use a common operating system (such as Windows) so that the Virtual Machine is as generic as possible. If you don’t have a Windows installation CD to install Windows then you can either ask a friend for one or search the internet for a downloadable copy.
Step 4: After the operating system is installed and working, install an internet browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) on the new Virtual Machine and make sure you can access the internet successfully.
Step 5: Install additional common software if you want, just to make the Virtual Machine look (from a bookmaker’s point of view) like a very common computer. Software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader and Microsoft Office are a good choice. Avoid installing too much software – remember, the more software you install the more identifiable your Virtual Machine becomes.
Step 6: When creating two or more Virtual Machines, make sure that each one has a different combination of installed software, so as to avoid identification by bookmakers through cookie and browser fingerprint tracking.
Specific settings for arbing
One of the features of most Virtual Machine hosting software is that it allows significant integration between the real computer and the Virtual Machines. For example shared clipboards – you can copy a file in the real computer, then go into the Virtual Machine and paste the file in there.
The integration features are of great benefit to some, but for arbers they can allow bookmakers to ‘see-through’ the Virtual Machine veil to your real computer – this is bad.
Accordingly, before setting up any new Virtual Machines, Sports Arbitrage Australia recommend that you check all settings in the Virtual Machine hosting software and turn off as many integration functions as possible while still being practical.