nitro's Proxy Guide!
What are proxies?
Web proxies are simply a server's IP and port. When you enter a web proxy's IP and port, it tells the browser/program/computer to send all internet requests to the proxy server, which will fetch the data and send it back.
To sum up, data is being transferred as so: your computer -> web proxy -> the internet -> web proxy -> your computer.
There are many different types of proxies. There are those that work, and those that are dead. There are those that are fast, and those that are slow. And finally, proxies have different levels of anonymity. The anonymity tiers goes like this:
1. Transparent - These tell the internet your IP address and the fact that you are using a proxy. For our purposes, these are useless.
2. Anonymous - These do NOT tell the internet your IP address. All that can be seen is the proxy's IP, and the fact that you are using a proxy. For our purposes, these are great.
3. Elite/High Anonymous - These are the pinnacle of all proxies. They also do not tell the internet your IP address. All that can be seen is the proxy's IP, and the internet won't know that you are using a proxy. For our purposes, these would be amazing!
The million dollar question: why do you need them?
TNT can and does track your IP address whenever you log into Neopets. This means TNT can easily tell if you have multiple accounts if you use every account on the same IP address, which sets everything up nicely for a chain freeze. If you use a high anonymity proxy for each of your Neopets accounts, then all TNT can see are accounts created and accessed in different places. This makes the chances of a chain freezing much much lower.
Step 1: Get proxies from Hide My Ass or from any other free proxy list site.
Step 2: Paste them into the proxy checker.
Step 3: Test the proxies manually
Step 4: Use your proxy
Using a proxy is a pain but imperative if you want to keep your accounts safe. However, proxies will NOT guarantee that your accounts will not be chain iced, nor is an account on a proxy any "safer" than an account on a home IP. ALL PROXIES DO IS TO PREVENT ACCOUNTS FROM BEING LINKED TO THE SAME PERSON.
One of the easiest ways to get chain iced is to attempt to launder, or transfer neopoints from account to account. This links accounts together, and has a huge risk of getting all of them frozen.
To reiterate, proxies do not make an individual account any "safer" than an account not using a proxy. Autobuying, score sending, posting spam on the neoboards, etc. are all subject to the same risks no matter if a proxy is used or not. Be careful!
Finally, if you mess up and log into an account on your home IP, the world isn't over quite yet. Usually, TNT will not chain ice because of a single log in on the same IP. If however you messed up too much and logged a shell into your home IP a lot, then my advice is to ditch the shell and/or sell it and get another shell and proxy to start fresh.
Thus concludes the guide. I would like to thank @Jess for helping me refine this guide. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to let me know!
Edited by ortin, 27 May 2015 - 12:16 PM.