Hi Black Hat Crew, I was hoping to get some thoughts on an issue I've had from people who have been around this world a lot longer than I have. In a nutshell, I recently set up my 'SEO Laptop.' I equipped the thing with BMD, AMR etc but the thing I was most excited about was, Scrapebox. I read reviews and subsequently purchased ScrapeBox and 10 Private Proxies. Under the advice of a few people I also subscribed to HMA - Hide My As$ - in order to further protect my IP address. To make a long story slightly shorter, I've had disastrous results with ScrapeBox. AutoApprove lists were getting me a return of about 1% (even though other users go 70% plus.) I've pulled my hair out, tried every setting and this afternoon it hit me that it might be HMA that is causing some grief -- and it is. My download speed through HMA (no matter what IP I use) is barely 1.5mb/s vs the 17mb/s I have on the SAME laptop when HMA is switched off. I just ran the SAME Auto Approve list I previously got 1% success on, this time hiding ONLY behind 10 Private Proxies and the success rate came back at 67%. This brings me to my question for the wiser heads out there: Are Private Proxies enough security on their own? I'm happy to cop the monetary loss of what I paid for HMA and reinvest that amount into private proxies if they, by themselves, are secure enough to allow me to hit 'Start Posting' and no lose sleep about my personal IP being at risk. I apologise for the lengthy post but any sincere input would be highly valued because I've owned ScrapeBox for going on two months now and haven't been able to post a thing - not one link! Now all of a sudden things have clicked and I want to go about securing myself the best way I can. Cheers guys and girls - I really appreciate you reading! B.