I’ve seen quite a few threads pop up recommending Fire’s guide as a viable alternative to mine. I’m not going to be long-winded about this, and I’ll break down in a few simple paragraphs why I would avoid using a guide such as this for Skype security.

For reference, here is the guide in question: Fire’s Skype Proxy Guide – DDoS prevent assistance by Fire, TwitchTV Support Administrator

My four important points, reiterated from my own DDoS prevention guide, for any security or tech related solution are as follows:

It should be simple.

  • This means it should be easy to set-up and hard (or impossible) to screw up. Nothing complicated, nothing requiring previous extensive technical knowledge. Just something easy to set up.

It should be elegant.

  • The solution should require as few steps as possible, and omit any extraneous programs or steps that aren’t absolutely necessary.

It should be reliable.

  • Whatever we set up should work the maximum amount of time, conditions permitting.

It should be secure.

  • There shouldn’t be “half-measures” taken to secure yourself, ever. If you’re going to cut corners, don’t bother.

Fire’s Skype Protection guide fails on all four of these points.

  1. You should never route your traffic through an anonymous proxy obtained off of strange lists on the internet. Ever. Period. Don’t do it.

While Skype claims to encrypt all of their traffic, any update or change in the program that breaks this encryption or revokes it will mean you are exposing 100% of your traffic to whoever is controlling that proxy. If that proxy was being controlled by a malicious entity, they could very easily eavesdrop on your conversations, intercept private photographs or videos, or obtain any other info being sent either via files or through conversations with another person on Skype, including audio.

Another possible negative scenario would be a zero-day exploit surfacing that would allow someone sitting on the proxy to send you a false update to your Skype. Things of this nature have occurred on Tor before, a program people use to mask their identity online. If you install malicious software on your computer, anything is on the table insofar as what a user is able to obtain. Passwords saved in your browser that will lead to your e-mail, an e-mail address that will allow you to reset your bank password (unless you use 2-factor authentication), personal files on your computer, etc…etc…This simple program is all that’s required to dump all of the data from your Firefox into a file for someone to go through, without ever triggering a UAC warning.

Do not route traffic through random, insecure proxies.

This clearly violates our secure requirement for our security solution.

  1. Choosing random, anonymous proxies off of a list generated from public proxies means you are never guaranteed good – or even adequate – performance.

If you are streaming, playing a tournament match, scrimming with your team, speaking to your dying mother via Skype, or attempting to match fix with your nefarious e-sports partners, the last thing you want is for your Skype connection to randomly drop. There is absolutely no guarantee that any of these proxies will hold up for any amount of time. You have no assurance that they will allow you to transfer files or any meaningful data across Skype if you need to (though there are admittedly much better mediums for that, such as google drive).

Anonymous proxies on anonymous lists aren’t going to provide any kind of reliable data transfer, so this violates our reliable requirement.

  1. Do not mess with the Windows registry unless you either know exactly what you are doing or you absolutely have to, and absolutely under no circumstance should you be downloading and running sketchy batch/.reg files to modify your registry.

Messing with your windows registry settings can have catastrophic effects on your system. While it’s unlikely that you would ever ruin your computer or prevent its ability to boot by modifying registry settings pertaining to Skype, there’s no reason to modify your registry for our purposes of protecting Skype.

Also, who’s to say that a future update with Skype wouldn’t alter the way Skype searches for a proxy to connect to? In doing so, it runs the risk of completely breaking this registry fix.

I also have a huge problem downloading a .reg file from dropbox that’s going to modify your registry. Who’s to say that the original uploader of this imgur album won’t change the link to a malicious file in the future? Or, say you trust Fire as an administrator to not do that, who’s to say someone won’t gain access to his computer or imgur account and modify the link to point it towards some more malicious code?

You should not be downloading executables or batch/.reg files that modify your registry, especially when the link can be changed at any time to point to a malignant file.

The registry editing section of this anti-DDoS guide violates our elegant clause (because editing the registry is not necessary), our reliable clause (because a future Skype update could break the “fix”) and the security clause (because the link could be changed without a laymen realizing it to something more malicious).

  1. My final issue with this guide is that every time the anonymous and unreliable proxy you’ve chosen dies, you have to repeat steps 4-6 in order to get it working again.

This violates both our elegant and reliable rules, for obvious reasons.


It seems that every time my anti-DDoS guide is posted, this imgur album of “an easier solution” seems to pop up. My motivation for writing this article was to steer people clear of using inferior methods of DDoS protection.

Repeating what we did last time for Composition Challenge #5. You can re-read through that post for a refresher on how the judging/ruling will work. I’ll take donations again in an attempt to cover the now $200, split two ways between my winner and the community winner.

Composition Challenge #6


(There’s a little bit of clipping but my piano playing is bad enough and I didn’t want to do a second take.)

Primary key is d minor this time. First section is d, a, BbM7, a, and the second section is g, DM7, EbM7, Bb. The ending chord is just a DbM7(add 9) for no real reason other than I had no idea how else to end it.


All submissions must be submitted no later than midnight, EST, on May 30th, 2015.

Submissions should be posted to the reddit thread linked above where it says “Discuss this on reddit” in the following format:

Name submitter wishes to go by: [name]

Name of and link to piece: [name of piece, with link]

The name doesn’t necessarily have to be the same one you use on reddit/soundcloud, though using a consistent name helps for branding. The piece should be downloadable to the public.


Judging will take place at 1500, EST, on May 31st June 7th, 2015.

As a reminder, you grant me a non-exclusive license to use any music submitted to this challenge for my Twitch, Youtube and future tournament series. I will not and cannot DMCA any piece of music you ever submit to this contest, whether you or another person posts or uses it. You still retain 100% of the original rights to the songs and you can revoke my permission to use your submissions at any time with no notice.

Good luck!

Since I live-streamed the voting and choosing of these winners, I never actually made a post about it, which was my mistake. Just to clarify, there were indeed two chosen winners, as I said there would be before. A community voted on winner and then a winner that I would choose, personally.

Community Vote Winner – JayTea – Only Dreams Now

JayTea on point with his orchestral/rock arrangements. The biggest problem I find in this piece is the compression of the dynamic contrast, which I’m not entirely sure of the reasoning for, but otherwise it’s a solid arrangement. The ending guitar section brings things to a nice, epic close as well.

Destiny’s Top Pick – Osvelit – Comp Challenge 5

I really liked Osvelit’s take on this piece. I wish this piece were longer in the middle sections, specifically the section starting at 1:48!

There were a lot of other high quality submissions to this composition challenge as well, all of which can be found in the reddit submission thread.

I highly recommend checking out UKDaza’s take on it, as well as cparson’s jazzy arrangement!