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    Running a bot farm: Choosing a proxy

    Disclaimer: I’m not going to mention as few company names as possible to avoid playing the shill. This is simply meant to be used as a guide to help people pick a proxy provider, I’m not suggesting any one provider in particular.
    When it comes to a large scale operation, whether you're scraping data, cracking, running bots, or really any mass user emulation project, it's become increasingly important to hide behind multiple IP addresses. Here is what I know from past experiences. Skip to the very end for a bulleted summary if you are not interested in the depth.

    There are just a little over 4 billion IPv4 addresses available. Most of these IP addresses are tracked by organizations such as Max Mind in order to gauge how at risk i.e. suspicious the IP address are. Some large social media companies such as Facebook or Reddit forego third party IPv4 security and rely on their own internal system to track and index IPv4 risk.
    Understanding the differences between residential and data center proxies
    One of the easiest ways to score low on IPv4 risk is to use a residential IP address. Residential IP addresses are bought and owned by large Telecom companies and then rented out to people using their services. Data center proxies are subnets (blocks of 255 IP addresses) used by cloud computing companies, data farms, or internal large scale data center operations by one company (less common nowadays). We’re generally talking about AWS, Azure, Paperspace, etc., though.

    Risk
    Data center proxies are much more attainable compared to residential proxies, simply for the reason that anybody can hop on to a virtual machine, set up a proxy, and then mask their identity with the data center IP. Nowadays, most large companies, and even small companies, have no trouble pinning down that you are using a data center proxy, which can often result in an automatic ban, or at least an investigation into your activities. On the other hand, residential proxies are usually the result of people’s machines being involuntarily used as a proxy. These IP addresses are relatively undetectable as long as they aren’t constantly being abused by multiple people for malicious activities, in which case they may get flagged and added to an IPv4 watch or warning list.

    Difficulty
    Residential proxies may fly under the radar a bit better, but there are other tradeoffs aside from cost. Data center proxies are on 24 hours a day without any down time, whereas it is impossible to know if a residential proxy will be online or not. This results in most residential proxy providers using what is known as rotating proxies. This means that in order to connect to the proxy, the user makes an API call to the proxy service, which returns random proxy credentials from a large pool of potential proxies. Rotating proxies are great for activities such as generating a large number of accounts, emulating unique visits to a site, and other short term uses. Rotating proxies are nearly impossible to work with when it comes to sustained use, though. It is important to have a static or at least semi-static IP address if you’re botting on a game such as WoW. Constantly switching your proxy will not only vastly decrease the efficiency of your bot, but also set off major red flags on Blizzard’s side.

    Cost
    Because data center proxies are so easily attainable, they are much, much cheaper. The general trend I have noticed is that high quality data center proxies seem to fall between about 10-20% the cost of dedicated residential proxies. When I say high quality, I mean that the proxy up time is 99%, the speed is at or above 10MB/s (80Mb/s), and the proxy is located somewhere in the USA, Canada, EU West, or Japan.
    The best proxy services usually do not have an unlimited data plan, and will have you pay based on how much data you are expected to use. If you are botting in a low population area, grinding MOBs, botting instances, gathering herbs in empty zones, or are just generally in a low population realm, you will probably be using about 50 MB/hour. If you are on a popular realm, AH botting, using Teamviewer or another screenshare software to check on your bot sometimes, etc. estimate about 100MB/hour.

    The base cost in order to gain access to a dedicated data center proxy should fall somewhere between $0.50 and $1.00 (USD) each month. You will pay around $0.05/GB. Almost every data center service is getting charged between $0.005-$0.02 as that is an industry standard. It is fine to pay the proxy provider up to $0.10/GB, but much more than that and you are getting scammed.
    The base cost of residential proxies is much higher. You should not be paying any less than $5/month for a static, dedicated, residential proxy. If you are paying less than this, the proxy is most likely not going to be able to handle botting on WoW. The data costs are somewhat comparable to data center proxies, around $0.05-0.10/GB is good. The reason you do not want an “unlimited data plan” with residential proxies is because the proxy owners do not have an incentive to keep their proxies alive and working, whereas people making money off of charging you for data want you to use as much data as possible so that they can make more money off of you.

    Locality
    If you are in the United States, and the realm you are botting on is also located in the US, you will have low latency, meaning your server response based lag will be very low, allowing your bot to be more efficient. If you choose a proxy in the UK, suddenly, your data not only has to go across the United States, but it now has to go from your machine, be downloaded by the proxy across the Atlantic Ocean, and then uploaded by the proxy to Blizzard’s servers back in the United States, then Blizzard’s server has to send that data back over the ocean to the proxy in the UK, be downloaded, and then uploaded back to your machine. This can easily add a 100-200ms+ delay in server response time, which is terrible.
    When picking your proxy, try to have it fall geographically between the machine you’re botting on and the location of the realm. At the very least, keep your proxy in or near the same country that your realm is on.

    Picking the right proxy
    • Speed (10MB/s+)
    • Availability (99%+)
    • Cost ($0.05/GB)
    • Dedicated (You are the only person using this proxy)
    • Ideal locality (same country as realm and machine you bot on)
    • Static IPv4 (The IP address does not ever change, or it only changes in rare exception cases)
    • Low risk score (Use any online tool to do this)
    • (24/7) customer support

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