Nope; you're good, too.Mike1951 wrote:Just by virtue of my network router, my true IP address is hidden.
The only IP address displayed is that of Earthlink in League City, while I live some distance away.
Would this be prohibited?
On the other hand, if you registered from an IP in California, and your first two posts--within a few minutes of each other--show as having originated in Islamabad, Pakistan and Guangzhou, China... Well, that's probably an account that will be summarily deleted.
I don't want to speak further for Charles until he makes a decision, but my immediate recommendation to those who validly use proxy servers when traveling or to get through a company firewall is this: use a reputable public proxy provider (there are many) that allows you to specify the proxy server's city, and then choose a city in Texas, if possible. No flags raised.
Proxy servers are in valid use all the time. You probably have Internet traffic routed through one or more proxies every time you go online and don't even know it. Mobile device users, for example may go from a Starbuck's to their homes and, in the space of an hour, look as if they're coming in from Pennsylvania and then San Antonio. That's fine.
But there is a subset of public proxy servers called "anonymizers"--particularly "elite" or "high anonymity" proxies--that sprung up around the "black hat" or hacker community. These are designed to completely mask the user, often by rapidly (sometimes even randomly) changing what appears to be the originating IP address. Users wanting that degree of anonymity are very likely to be up to no good.
That's what we're trying to prevent.
Edited to add: Man, I just type way too slowly... Sorry, Keith and katmandu.