|Each and every day, there are anonymous p2p anti-piracy (more like anti-p2p) groups sprouting up, and accessing torrents at random, to log IP addresses. These groups are paid, and hired by typically corporations and greeding production companies in the industries of software, gaming, movies, and music, to "catch" those suspected of downloading copyrighted materials. Their methods are cheap, low, and for the most part, in-effective in stopping p2p and torrents. Though there are some casualties of any war, there are a few whom do get "caught", and even more who do not. This is a handy reference for those of you who need protection.
Many ask, "How can I hide my IP address and stay safe?". Well there are many answers, and it basically depends on what most suits your financial, bandwidth, and productive needs. Obviously there are many ways to stay safe, and many new developments in technology to also counter-act that safety.
Encryption. Encryption is something that is not necessarily new to the internet, but in fact, is "newer" to the torrent scene. Certain torrent clients, such as recent builds of Bit Torrent, Azureus, and uTorrent, all have the ability to enable file encryption. This encrypts traffic, which is somewhat a beginning to a line of defense, although its not necessarily the most productive method. Only the headers that are being encrypted, though. This prevents the data from being identified as BitTorrent traffic. The actual “stream” of data being sent is not being encrypted and doesn’t have to be. It's a start though, as the future of p2p I believe, will be over completely encrypted network traffic, to protect your anonymity. Although the founder of the Bit Torrent Protocol, Bram Cohen, is one to believe that this could cause future incompatibility issues between clients, as well as increase CPU usage. I suggest to him that safety outweighs this.
VPN. VPN's, or Virtual Private Networks, are typically a pay service, which allows you to tunnel all of your network traffic, through various global servers, rendering your personal information such as IP/location/MAC completely anonymous. This is by far the BEST method for using the Bit Torrent Protocol, or any other "mischievous" protocols. Nothing is more reliable, more secure, than having your connections tunneled in this manner. I personally also use this method, to do anything on the internet, even browsing, I stay connected to my VPN. (You never know who is watching or what info they can obtain from your IP) Although again, this method is not usually free, its very inexpensive. If freebies are for you, then this is not what you're looking for.
IP Filter. IP filters come in many shapes and sizes, but also require constant updating. A popular tool for use with uTorrent, is ipfilter.dat , and can be simply added to your directory with ease. The downside to this, is you must also use an ipfilter updater, and you must update regularly. What ipfilter.dat does, is protect you from "known" IP addresses of organizations known to attach themselves to torrents, and log IP's. This method can be found on many youtube or social networking videos, and is simple to follow directions and use. It is NOT fool proof, but again, any protection is better than no protection. Condoms do not prevent aids, but they do block certain STD's. Get my point? Moving on.
Protection Applications. PeerGuardian, and the recent builds of PG2, and up, are some of the most popular p2p safety software tools on the market. PeerGuardian works in many ways similarly to most IP filters, but again does not fully protect you. I again will state, that some protection, is better than no protection, condoms may prevent you from having children, but sometimes they break. This method, is also very easy to install, and a simple Google search can point you in the right direction.
Seedboxes. Seedboxes are another way to keep your IP hidden, and your safety completed. Although this is again not something that everyone needs, unless you are uploading, chances are you will not be making alot of use out of this idea. With a seedbox, you will simply add .torrent files unto your web interface, and then after completing the download to the webui seedbox, you can then use file transfer protocol, FTP, to download securely and privately to your PC. This is another good option, but unless you really need it, it can be another costly method.
Everyone should remember, that there are always many alternatives, and/or options to protecting yourself. If there were one piece of advice I could give, it would be that it is of course better to stay protected in some manner than no protection at all, hence the condom analogy. Attempting to prevent intrusion into your privacy is very important. Although there are MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of people using torrents daily, it is only a very small percent whom actually receive copyright letters, and an even smaller percentage that use protection. (Obviously the lack of protection is why the world is overpopulated )
It is highly unlikely, that an FBI agent will be knocking at your door. This kind of propaganda is spread and literally does not exist. You do not have to worry, but as they say, better safe than sorry. I suggest everyone try something, at the least, it will give you the comfort of feeling safe. If you do again have the resources, a VPN is the best method. If you only frequent the torrent world rarely, chances are, you do not need this. Those of you though, which are dedicated seeders ( like me ) I would suggest trying one of the inexpensive but pay services. Sharing is caring, and safety is, well, security.
September 10th, 2009
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|nice post, yes very true, the propaganda machine will always be there, ppl scare you off with stories such as mpaa will come breaking down your door - you can avoid all this by two things, following the article above or just avoid downloading. simple.|
|Good post OBS. This one will help alot of people.|
|posted by (2009-09-10 11:21:58)|
|thank you for all these articles,|
|posted by (2009-09-10 12:27:02)|
|thanx obs for another very helpful article|
|Ive been using protocol encryption, ever since the switch came available for Azureus .055A :D, although i use Utorrent now.. its more memory efficient.|
You forgot to mention Proxy's as well. just make sure there Transparent, otherwise its still possible for a end host to detect you're external IP. but not all BT software offers this functionality by default...
|posted by (2009-09-10 13:41:29)|
|Nice article xxxOBSCENExxx|
I have been using PG2 for a quite a while now and have had no problems except when accessing some sites within Yahoo. I just shut it down for a few minutes while retrieving my mail, then I turn it back on.
|posted by (2009-09-10 13:43:33)|
|LOL I just had a problem posting the above post. OK I have had some problems with Yahoo. mail and posting comments.|
|posted by (2009-09-10 19:10:03)|
|I love seedboxes :) What better way to protect yourself and release a new item to the community with mega bandwidth behind it.|
|Obs, sup man, great info for the neophyte! I hope most people take this info and act to protect themselves from The All Seeing Eye! |
You mentioned PeerGuardian2 (PG2). Unfortunately this hasn't been updated in years. Luckily there is a another project, whom have worked along side with the developer of PG2 to create PeerBlock. I have been using PeerBlock for quite some time. the interface is almost if not identical to PG2, but it addresses many of the driver issues that PG2 never resolved. In addition it updates very well, something PG2 had big issues with.
You can get PeerBlock with a simple Google search, or go visit Fileforum over at Betanews dot com, or their direct site peerblock dot com.
Best luck to you all, stay safe!
|posted by (2009-09-10 21:18:47)|
|safty use a condom :) ok ofc safty first thats why ppl should use commen sence and downlaod from trusted upload and seedboxe is a nice thing 2 peerguardian work 100% atm atleast here yeaaah i know i know it only block known ip but it helps update where about the same time vista came out :) then they fixx some bugg but want to be totaly safe dont download if think there still is a risk and keep torrent program up to date and ip filter nicely 2|
|Hacked stealth modem ftw|
|I agree 100%. locked to an unlocked door and your behind it and a murderer is on the other side, what do you want? nice article OBS. You never cease to amaze me with your words of wisdom. LOVE ET!! P2P FOR LIFE!!|
|posted by (2009-11-27 21:22:02)|
|Nice new toy you can all checkout. It's called "PeerBlock".|
|posted by (2009-11-30 20:51:24)|
|wow thanks Just dl peerblock now|
After installing win7 on my pc that was one type of app I forgot to install
I know a good one my doc says about STD's. "abstinence has a 100% success rate".
But lets face it who would practice that!
|been looking for one for win 7 for a while thanks for the post GMD ^|
|VPN's were mentioned as a very good way of keeping safe. My question is can anybody name an example of a good VPN? I've tried to find out myself but there's just so many promising so much that i don't know who's BSing and who isn't. Just thought i would ask here considering people here know their stuff. Any suggestions would be appreciated.|
|THANK YOU!! I KNOW SO MUCH MORE NOW AND UNDERSTAND BETTER|
|posted by (2010-03-02 13:39:23)|
|Question?? how do i stop the comdoms spliting everytime i pullem over the modem?|
|posted by (2010-03-02 13:41:54)|
|ps thx obs gr8 artical ,exelent infact good on ya.|
|posted by (2011-01-06 20:58:48)|
|I never had a problem UNTII I bought DAP...then they sent me an email saying that DAP was NOT meant for torrent downloading. A week after I received emails in all the email providers I use including every ones mail box that used my computer. It said it was from FOX and it was a cease and desist letter letting me know that IF I continued they would have to contact AT&T and have my internet account closed...not to mention a fine and jail time. The file in question: Barbara Streisand "The way we were."|
|posted by (2011-05-03 17:52:56)|
|Now that the Conservatives have their majority here in the land of the Maple Leaf it shouldn't be long,(according to them) before they role out some form of messing with P2P. By messing I mean looking to bow to the USA pressure as they usually do, which means finding better ways of staying safe on the internet.||
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