Privacy and hiding your identity
It’s a very good idea to keep as much privacy as possible when arbitrage trading. The longer it takes for the bookmaker to label you as an “expert”, the longer you can bet. There are also rumors of bookmakers that are working together to identify unwanted players.
The importance of using a VPN
Step one is to hide your IP number and making it harder to uniquely identify (“fingerprint”) you. The first rule is to use a VPN service. VPN stands for “virtual private network” and means that all your internet traffic goes through a “tunnel” that secures, encrypts and anonymizes you and your location.
Other benefits with a VPN:
- Make it look like you’re surfing from another country.
- Use RebelBetting and bookmakers from restricted countries with censorship.
- View restricted streaming services that are blocked from your country (like Netflix).
- Your traffic is never logged and cannot be traced, which could be a benefit when using Torrent or streaming services.
Clear all cookies between sessions. Bookmakers can track you through third-party sites like ad networks, social media, payment gateways etc.
Do this: In RebelBetting, make sure this option is enabled: Click on Options / Application / Clear cookies on application start.
Hide your social media identity. Never use your social media email when registering with bookmakers. They can and will profile you and your network. If you follow a known sports trader on Twitter, that might be enough to label you as unwanted. Also, never be logged in to Facebook, Twitter or any other social media while you visit a bookmaker using the same web browser. If the bookmaker has a Facebook button somewhere on their site, it leaks your identity.
Do this: If you’re surfing using RebelBetting, you’re safe. We use a completely separate web browser, with cookies and cache files that are never shared with your regular web browser.
If you have multiple accounts, you need to take extra precaution. Don’t use the bookmakers’ mobile app (they have multiple ways of detecting you, including GPS location). Be even more careful with clearing cookies, preferably use another Windows or at least another web browser. Always use a VPN and change IP between logins. Use different deposit and withdrawal methods.
If you use a VPN and these tips, you will be as safe as is practically possible. If you want even more protection, you can set up one or several virtual machines with a clean installation of the most common Windows OS and web browser.
If you haven’t already, set up a VPN now!