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[DETAILED GUIDE] How to never get restricted on Linkedin, Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook!

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by StanMan, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. StanMan

    StanMan Junior Member

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    Hello guys,

    My name is StanMan and I have been involved in IM for over a year now and as many of you here, my journey began from BHW. That's why I decided to give back to this community by helping out on how to manage your account profiles in a way they don't get blocked/restricted/challenged.

    In terms of my experience I currently manage over 300+ account profiles with high followings and over 50+ currently in development, all of which are either in Linkedin, Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook. I use these account to sell products of my clients and promote occasional affiliate links. During my journey, which is still continuing btw, I have had over 100 accounts restricted and hopefully I learned a lot. And today I will try and share my knowledge with you.

    So, how do you not get your social media accounts restricted?

    First of all, let's define the reasons why your account can get restricted. Basically, from my experience, it boils down to two main factors: your connection and your activity. Connection is how to you connect to a given account (IP, browser, cookies, etc...). Activity is what you do on that account (follow, unfollow, message, pin, like, etc...) In this thread I will be talking about "connection", because it's a very broad topic and can be applied to all social media sites. Furthermore, what I have noticed is that the majority of times, when I got restricted was when I needed to manually login into my accounts. Another reason, why connection is important is that if you are a sane person and you do not blast 1000 followers a day on a new Twitter account, you can still get restricted if you screw something up on manual connection.

    This guide is for those people, who need to manually connect to their accounts from time to time to check or do some action the bot cannot.

    So let's get into it!

    The main reason why any social media site may restrict your account is because if they know you have a lot of them, you are probably abusing their system. And they can discover this by tracking your web fingerprints.

    So what fingerprint they can track?

    When you are logged in, here's what social medias, like Facebook, can see about you:
    IP address
    Cookies
    Browser type, user agent, operating system
    Local storage
    Canvas footprints
    (this is not the full list, but works for me)

    Let's take a look at each one in more detail and see how you can get away with it.


    IP Address
    This one is huge. If you have over 10 Twitter accounts following other users from the same IP address, you will get restricted! Even worse, when you will try to create a new account from the same IP, you are screwed even before you start gaining followers.

    Solution: Buy proxies and assign 1 proxy per account. I don't care if some of you say that the limit is 3, 5, 10 or 666 accounts per proxy. If you value your accounts and serious about making money from them, you have to have 1 proxy per account. In the eyes of social media service, you will be seen as a user, who is always connecting from the same geographical place with the same ip address, like as if you have a static IP address on your home computer.

    Cookies
    Also, very huge! If you logout from your first account, change your IP address and then log in into a second one straight away, you are also screwed. Why? Because a social media website, like Linkedin, tend to place a tracking cookie that you have already connected with a different IP with the same browser instance. I have had countless accounts screwed like that.

    Solution: One way is to always connect with clear browser history and cookies. Either you are using Firefox, Chrome or Opera to manually access those accounts, set the setting to always clear the browser history (this will include cookies as well) or use anonymous windows. Now whenever you close the browser and open again, you will have everything clear. Of course, logging in with a clear list of cookies is a bit suspicious, but I don't think it's that bad. You probably will need to have consistent cookies, when you are working with eBay, Amazon or Linkedin accounts. I would still recommend this for every service you're using. See the section for "Useful Software" tool that will help you have consistent cookies for multiple accounts.

    Browser type, user agent, operating system

    Essentially, if you are changing your browser and running it from different operating systems, some services can mark it as suspicious activity. However, what I have noticed, most social media sites don't really care about, but site like eBay, Amazon and Linkedin probably do. Still, regardless of what website you are accessing, I would still recommend using consistent browsers and operating systems for your accounts.

    Local Storage
    These are the files, which are stored on your computer, which is also a way to track you. I recommend clearing your local storage from time to time. See the section for "Useful Software" for tools to clean your local storage.

    Canvas footprints
    This one is pretty interesting and you might only want to consider this if you want COMPLETE anonymity for you accounts. Canvas can be used as additional entropy in web-browser's fingerprinting and is used for online tracking purposes. I will try to write a separate article on this topic. See the section for "Useful Software" for tools to hide canvas footprints.

    Useful Software

    MultiLoginApp - this is the software I use, whenever I need to manually access any social media accounts. It has functions, like assigning proxies to accounts, preserving browser cookies, choice between browser types and cleaning local storage and even shadowing canvas fingerprints. It also has a feature to share access to these accounts to VA's without giving away accounts passwords. I have never had any problems with accounts being restricted while using MultiLoginApp. Software link: http://multiloginapp.com/

    Multifox - this is an extension for Firefox and it basically can assign and preserve cookies for each tab instance. A very useful tool, if you want to do some quick changes. However, you can't really change the proxy on each tab. If you change the proxy, the IP will change on all tabs - be careful with this one! Software link: https://getmultifox.com/

    Foxyproxy - a good tool, a FireFox plug-in, for switching between proxies. This is a really good plugin if you have a lot of proxies and have difficulty managing them. You can assign a color and name to each proxy and then connect to them with a simple click of a button. Highly recommended!
    Software link: https://getfoxyproxy.org/

    Clear Console - also Firefox plugin for clearing your local storage - use with caution! Plugin link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/clear-console/

    Canvas Shadow - again, a Firefox plugin for generating a new and consistent canvas shadow. I don't use it, because this functionality is already included in MultiLoginApp. Plugin Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/canvas-shadow/

    Bots / Automation Software

    Usually bots and other automated softwares will preserve your cookies and proxy. It will also connect with a clear local storage and connect with the same browser (user agent). However, it greatly depends on the software you are using of course.

    I might sound like a madman, but from my experience, bot connection is the safest connection! Why? Because they probably have thought through the process of connecting securely to your accounts, but YOU haven't!

    I will repeat and say that the majority of time you will get banned or restricted due to your bad manual connection or if you are a retard and follow 1000 profile/hour. At least that's my experience.

    I hope this helps...

    I will be glad to answer some of your questions! COME AT MEH!
     
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  2. nikson

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    Just create different profiles in Firefox with dedicated private proxy for each one and leave cookies and other stuff alone. Simple, easy, cheap and most natural "looking".
     
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  3. StanMan

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    I've used it as well, but it does take some time to set-up. Imagine setting up 50-100 accounts.

    Also, if you are using this method you are getting yourself exposed with local storage, which will be shared between different profiles, and you can also be tracked by canvas footprints. I know that PayPal, Amazon and Ebay track these footprints. Try using this method with these services and you're gonna have a bad time :D
     
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    Thanks for sharing your post. Nice make useful for this informatuon
     
  5. StanMan

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    Thank you! Hope it helps
     
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    Currently MultiLoginApp is the ONLY tool in the market, which allows browsing websites with enabled Javascript/Flash AND protects users from being fingerprinted at the same time.

    I would like to specifically point out that using virtual machines run on the same hardware for accessing different accounts DOES NOT protect you from being fingerprinted by Canvas/WebGL based methods. However, MultiLoginApp does.
     
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    excellent post!!!
     
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    nice share :p thank you
     
  10. markuz.bombo

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    Thanks OP. Great thread.


    I see that you have some exp so have a question for you, did you try to hide from fonts and plugins fingerprinting I've found a good test here: fingerprint.pet-portal[.]eu? Plugins actually is not a big deal(can be disabled in the browser) but the fonts... I think you should include this in your list.
     
  11. StanMan

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    As far as I know this font fingerprinting is quite a serious one. I just tired to open it from different browsers and IP-addresses and it recognized me. I think website such as PayPal, Ebay and Amazon use this kind of fingerprinting to distinguish multi-accounting. I am not really sure that there is way to go around this font fingerprint tracking. However, I have heard MultiLoginApp is developing something similar, but I am not sure.
     
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    There is a lot more to IP addresses than most people think. If you are smart enough (and have a basic understanding on how computer networks and subnets work), you can manage a LOT of accounts on the same IP address, provided your IP is dynamic (changed every X hours/days) and you have a residential adsl/cable connection with a big enough ISP provider. I could write a 5k+ words thread on why IP does not matter that much when you are dealing especially with social network sites like Facebook and why proxies sometimes will fuck you up more than actually solve the problem.
     
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    Well, it's not the same IP, if you're using a dynamic one (Changing IP!).

    OP, that's a real useful post for newbies. Myself I found interesting the first software you shared.
     
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    And then when you go travelling your business suddenly stops :) Sure proxies are not ideal solution but they are much more convenient than restarting your modem prior every logging in.
     
  15. StanMan

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    I would mostly agree with you, rather then disagree. Still, buying proxies from a good provider remains my top choice for managing multiple social media accounts.

    But what would be your method? Buying a VPS with a strong bandwidth with multiple IP-addresses and then putting a proxy script on them?

    I would be glad to read your 5k+ words thread on why IP does not matter that much :D
     
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    Yeah, I see a lot of newbies here asking a lot of questions, such as "How many proxies per facebook acc should I use?". Hope this will help them in someway.

    Yeah, MultiLoginApp is useful, its one of those software I have always open, like a coffee table book. The owner is here on BHW as well. You can ask for unlimited license, if he gives them away currently, not sure.
     
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    Very Informative thread mate
    K33p it Up
     
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    Well, ideally you will access your bot & accounts through RDC (Remote Desktop Connection), so you must make sure you are either using a VPS or using Team Viewer set up to automatically allow your connections if you are using a physical desktop/laptop that you don't have access to during your trip.

    I agree as well, for most people buying proxies is the top choice (for me as well in different situations), because they are cheap anyway. If you manage 100+ accounts, then spending 100$ for proxies is a no brainer, especially because you will making much more profit than that with those accounts. If you are someone starting out though, shelling $100/month may seem a bit much (most of the newbies here start with very limited budget). Also, if you are using a churn & burn tactic and those 100 accounts will burn within the week, spending $100 each time can easily add up to your expenses. Once your proxies are blacklisted, you have to use new ones and if you abuse accounts that way, they sure as hell will get pretty soon.

    My method is simple: VPS or physical desktop/laptop with an adsl/cable connection with a big enough ISP company in a relatively big city. You will have access to a pool of hundreds (even thousands depending on the city) of IP-s, which are also used by other real people. If you are in a city that has 100k population for example and half of those access Facebook on a daily basis by using a maximum pool of 1-5k IP-s released by the ISP-s in that city, it's very easy to understand why Facebook will never blacklist such IP ranges. If it does so, it runs the risk of seriously blacklisting a lot of real users in the process as well. Therefore, IP becomes irrelevant in such cases and these networks will base their algorithmic banning decisions purely on other factors such as fingerprinting and most importantly account activity.

    The trick is to have access to a subnet with a relatively low IP pool and lots of real users using the network you want to cheat (Facebook for example). When you "blend in" your spam accounts with other real user accounts in that subnet, you force Facebook (or any other similar network) not to track you down by IP address, because it can't possibly detect your spam accounts and separate them from other real accounts based on the IP only. If you have a dynamic IP, the router will be constantly changing your IP through a gateway without you knowing. If user A uses a real account at 10PM with X IP, then this IP will be given to another user (who might be you and your spam accounts) 30 min later.

    This isn't the case with proxies. Proxies that you buy on the internet that cheap are IP-s released by a datacenter, not an ISP. Datacenter proxies are easy to be detected despite if they are private and highly anonymous (elite). 99% of real users won't access their accounts by using a datacenter IP, they will do so by using a residential IP (what I explained above). Hence why datacenter IP-s are easy to get blacklisted - the amount of users accessing their accounts through a proxy like this will be minimal. Only those that have privacy concerns will do such thing and among 1B+ users (Facebook for example), the % of people who fit this profile is very low. That's why proxies sometimes will fuck you up more than solve the problem. If you bought proxies that were previously blacklisted, you are screwed. If you are caught, you are again screwed and need to change your IP-s. However, by using residential IP-s you have no such problem or headache.

    It all comes down to what you want to do - as I said, 99% of marketers are fine with proxies, because they don't do churn & burn with thousands of accounts on a daily/weekly basis. If you manage ~ 200 or less accounts and not get half of them banned in a week by being stupid in your activity, proxies are fine. If you are doing churn and burn though or simply expect your accounts to be restricted due to the strict filters of that network or the nature of your campaigns, the costs that can be saved by using 1-2 $20 cable connections will easily add up. I left a lot of things out (hence why my post is not 5k words), but I tried to be brief and to the point sorry.
     
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  19. fourpm

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    At what point does one need to worry about hiding their identity? I have 2 projects, 2 Twitter accounts/etc, so I don't even worry about proxies/anything, but if I want to expand in the future..
     
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    Good Thread and Useful...........