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A Guide on Protecting Your IP with Proxy

A Guide on Protecting Your IP with Proxy

Added: Saturday, July 10th, 2010
Category: About Torrents > Staying Safe And Secure
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Below you will find another simple way to hide your IP address from anyone and thereby protect your P2P downloads from the law firms and rights owners.


Today we can see a trend of the copyright holders centraliz??? attempts of targeting BitTorrent file-sharers for unauthorized sharing of copyrighted content, particularly if we recall the recent effort of targeting thousands users within a mass lawsuit. If you don’t want to become the next target, it is highly recommended for you to safeguard your IP address against any of the unwanted attention, including the prying eyes of copyright owners. Although consumer groups like the EFF are doing their best to protect those accused, it’s better to make both your and their lives easier from the very beginning.

What people usually do today to protect themselves from troubles is using VPNs and Tor routers, though the latter is actually designed for web browsing rather than peer-to-peer, because in this case the data consumption rates reduce the connection speeds for other users.

However, there exist another simple and convenient way to protect yourself. It is the use of proxy, which will also allow you to hide your IP address while downloading illegal content with networks like BitTorrent.

It’s not hard to explain how it works, because it’s fairly simple. Even the newcomers to this digital world will understand a few easy steps they need to take.

First of all, you need to find a proxy server address or VPN. Just search the web for the lists of those, there are a lot. However, note that some of them are free, while some demand for a modest monthly fee.

Then launch the BitTorrent client you use for downloading and find the tab “connections” somewhere in preferences. For example, in uTorrent you go to options > preferences > connection.

There you need to type in the proxy server address you’ve found on the first step. First select “HTTP” from the drop down menu box located under “Proxy Server” line, then type in the IP address of the proxy server you want to use where it says “Proxy.” Bring your attention to the last 4 digits after the semicolon – they correspond to the port, which you need to enter in the “Port” option. For instance, you might have selected

That’s about it. Just click “OK” at the bottom of the window and your proxy preferences are configured. You can now sleep peacefully and be sure you won’t find yourself among those lists that are now submitted to ISPs in order to reveal the real identities of the infringers.

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Date:  Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Comments (25) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET junkieET lovermenXbox (2010-07-10 18:43:04)
d321 avatarThanks for the info Sam. I currently use torrent privacy which is a monthly service. I received a letter while using them which really bummed me out. That was with using torrent privacy for over a year. Previously i'd tried others like peer guardian which did'nt work either. If any have used the above mentioned can you pm the address u find. thanks in advanced.

posted by (2010-07-10 19:53:57)
gavlee23 avatarhiya sam can u pm me with decent proxy service to use thanks mate.

posted by (2010-07-10 20:08:12)
gavlee23 avataralot ov the ones iv checked dont allow p2p traffic, the free ones! if im wrong can u point me in the rite dierection.lol

posted by (2010-07-10 21:44:51)
Bob740 avatarI put in a proxy IP server and port. It seemed to accept it with no problems. However, when I checked my IP with IP Chicken, it still shows my old IP. Should this change, or it the proxy only for uTorrent?

posted by (2010-07-10 22:38:58)
BHM avatarlovely read SaM informative very nice..

posted by (2010-07-10 22:41:41)
kaylynaus2 avatarAlthough proxies are an informative route for the basic user the "protections" are basically useless. Nice read though :)

posted by (2010-07-10 23:26:33)
luckysleviin avatarI totally agree Sam nice post. i use peer block, Vidalia, Proxy firewall, just use proxy firewall to add
tors proxy to Utorrent. And use peer block to block unwanted ips from snooping on you. heres the vid on youtube
for adding tors proxy to utorrent. Remember guyz its better safe than sorry:) And Great post Sam keep em coming:)

posted by (2010-07-10 23:43:53)
capnmorgan5150 avatarI've been using BTGuard for a couple months. Seems to be working so far. Pretty easy to set up too.

posted by Blocked (2010-07-11 03:20:31)
menahunie avatarGood info; one big problem that isn't being addressed.
You can use all the spoofing you want and it is useless due to your main I.P you will always use is your MODEM. Everything you use even a proxy address is still going through your modem and THAT IP isn't changed due to it being controlled by your ISP.
Even if you release the IP address the ISP will still have a log as to who was using it and when.
THE ONLY WAY to get around this is use a wireless connection - wifi etc.
People I know use a vpn; then a proxy to do their thing.
At their end they use a "Clean" computer - NO personal information on it. OS isn't logged to then etc. Then they jack a wireless connection - These are ALL over. All you have to do is look for "war Chalking" and you will see these networks - Starbucks. The best is the open ones on a university..
Another way is to just plain LEECH and don't upload; but that defeats what P2P is all about.
In the end a user has to decide is the risk worth it?

posted by (2010-07-11 06:19:19)

posted by (2010-07-11 07:48:46)
PhryGianKat avatar@ #8. BtGuard is out of toronto...Just like anything else on the web you have no idea who you are trusting. A proxy is equally dangerous because you have no idea whether or not they keep logs, nor do you have any idea who the proxy really is. You know what they lead you to believe. In the meantime you are allowing all of your activity to be run through their servers. From experience, i can tell you that people will give you up to protect their own A$$, so its probably overall safest to hack some wifi. If the proxy was out of someplace less cooperative, like china, then you have a much better chance.

posted by Vip MemberTrusted UploaderET junkieET loverSuperman (2010-07-11 10:14:59)
extremezone avatarif you don't live in USA you don't need to worry about also if you use a proxy server your u/d speed will be lower for sure

posted by (2010-07-11 13:40:32)
No avatardo NOT use A PROXY alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They do NOT hide your ip barely at all, for REAL 100% protection use a VPN! Same low monthly price,and 100% safe and anonymous! You will NEVER receive a letter while behind an encrypted vpn such as hidemyass.com, ALL of your traffic is encrypted and the speed is awesome,since you can choose the closest server to your location. Even your own ISP will not know or see what your are downloading. Check out hidemyass.com and scroll down to the right side of the page to compare a VPN with a crappy proxy service that is easy decoded and leaves you exposed and at risk.

posted by Site Friend (2010-07-11 17:17:25)
karakurachow avatarThanks SaM

posted by (2010-07-11 20:56:21)
Bob740 avatarAcuraice, I wouldn't go so far to say a VPN is 100% protection. I was with one of the most reliable VPN's, and "thought" I was safe until I got this.

> Hello Customer,
> We have received a DMCA copyright complaint for the following content
> below:
> Evidentiary Information:
> **1851449
> *Title: The Fourth Kind
> Infringement Source: BitTorrent
> Initial Infringement Timestamp: 21 May 2010 23:20:40 GMT Recent
> Infringement
> Timestamp: 25 May 2010 15:54:10 GMT Infringing Filename: The Fourth
> Kind.avi
> Infringing File size: 2032627442 Infringers IP Address:
> Infringers DNS Name:
> Bay ID: c6d8f2b622f14a1c1b8cc35c937cb4825e66082b|2032627442
> Port ID: 61685
> Due to the DMCA complaint we are required to disable your account.
> Please take necessary action so we do not receive a second complaint
> and then, please inform us when we can re-enable your account.

posted by (2010-07-12 02:49:56)
luckysleviin avatarI totally agree Sam nice post. i use peer block, Vidalia, Proxy firewall, just use proxy firewall to add
tors proxy to Utorrent. And use peer block to block unwanted ips from snooping on you. heres the vid on youtube
for adding tors proxy to utorrent. Remember guyz its better safe than sorry:) And Great post Sam keep em coming:)

posted by (2010-07-12 16:50:35)
Bob740 avatarI am a firm believer in going to the source for what information I can. Some it is not what I want to hear and some is good. I am passing this information on to others so they can decide if this is where to spend the money. For me? I'll spend my elsewhere.
So, I went to one of the sources and ask a direct question. "Do you cooperate with the DMA for P2P file sharing since this is what I am(was)going to do. I feel it's better to ask ahead of time, and not take a chance of "will or will not get caught.
This is the reply........copy and paste I received of them.
HideMyAss replied:

By law USA companies are required to comply with DMCA complaints as it is an American law.

But we too do not support illegal file sharing.

Kind regards,

I don't think I would say they are 100% safe. I'm sorry, but none of these are going to work... these companies are in the business of making money and luring people in to make them believe they can hide their IP... they can't. Using these services is just advertising yourself as using a proxy service and it can be compromised without much effort if someone made the effort to find you. These services can easily be hacked by people who know what they're doing.
Privateproxysoftware replied:
Your ISP will see that you have connected to a server but they don't know
that it is us. As far as P2P, our product doesn't support P2P. We only
work with your browser traffic, not 3rd party products.


Stacey Mason
Privacy Partners

So, take it for what it's worth. I'll stay with PeerBlock, it's as safe as any and free.

posted by (2010-07-12 18:27:13)
No avatarI decided to test downloading torrents using a free proxy from this list


in utorrent, far from slowing down my speed dramatically increased. Weird

posted by (2010-07-13 00:35:09)
Bob740 avatarreargunner, if your little green button on uTorrents goes out, and turns to a yellow triangle, won't come back on, I discovered what caused it if you haven't.
When your Proxy Server, shuts down, or quits working in other words all your torrent will go flat with a red check mark. Remove the Proxy Server, and the green button will come back on, and all torrents will have the green up arrow.
This may be old news to a lot of people, but I seem to find things out the hard way. Then I don't forget. :-)
Just threw this out to help someone.

posted by (2010-07-13 03:12:10)
blackwolf411 avatarJust courious but what about using a seedBox with a Proxy ?

posted by (2010-07-14 00:00:11)
No avatarok am I just stupid!! when searching for Proxy Servers I just keep coming up with websites asking me to type a URL for safe browsing???

"First of all, you need to find a proxy server address. Just search the web for the lists of those, there are a lot. However, note that some of them are free, while some demand for a modest monthly fee."

posted by Blocked (2010-07-14 09:27:17)
No avatarThis is my first post here after over a year on the site. Have always seeded back, just always remained quiet. Anyways, back on subject.

Using a proxy will help hide your IP address. However, there is a catch. For those of you checking and having it still show your actual IP, here is the issue. It is not an anonymous proxy. In order to truly hide your IP, you need to have an ANONYMOUS proxy. Typically, these proxies do not log the originating IP address (yours). This means that 1. When you check your IP address, it will show up as the proxy address (if using a truly anon proxy). 2. Should some powers that be decide to trace your origin, they will have a bit of a problem when they run into a proxy that does not log the IP's of it's users. However, some anon proxies still have a log.

So . . . find an anon proxy that is NOT in your country. Many servers are only required to keep logs for a few months. By the time a country gets through all the red tape to access the logs on the proxy you were using on a specific date, it is already cleared.

But . . . there are always exceptions. Personally, i'd say get a separate computer, absolutely no personal info on it, preferably a laptop as it's a little easier to move if needed. And . . . jack a wireless connection. All connections around you secured? Either use Linux or dual boot with windows if you don't like it. Progs all over and easy to get in secured connections within 15minutes. However, i am only SAYING what i would do, not suggesting anyone to do it, or anything of the sort. Oh, i would probably also run BT via usb or cd, and any downloads go straight to an external . . . that way, nothing at all will be on your computers drive.

Thanks to all here at ET. I love the articles, and appreciate all you do!

posted by (2010-08-24 07:17:46)
Brynn217 avatarOk.. Bob, I just got one of those letters myself from my VPN, I use StrongVPN Hosting.. , now I pretty much figure that they are gonna cover their ass... I am just wondering, they have servers around the world, so if I use a location outside the US, will they be subject to DMCA... my complaint read amount the same:

ID: 131-19747913 Notice of Unauthorized Use of Lionsgate Films Property (CXY-388784)

Evidentiary Information:
Notice ID: 131-19747913
Initial Infringement Timestamp: 22 Aug 2010 22:49:47 GMT
Recent Infringement Timestamp: 22 Aug 2010 22:49:47 GMT
Infringers IP Address:
Protocol: BitTorrent
Infringed Work: Killers
Infringing File Name: Killers 2010 BRRip {MnM-RG H264}
Infringing File Size: 1277854585
Bay ID: 1a0dbff82850efa773d097087838bef8d5412cd0|1277854585
Port ID: 56063
Infringer's DNS Name:
Infringer's User Name:

I got four of these from Verizon in the past year and now this is the first from my VPN service which did suspend me until I told them I deleted the file in question...
I was using their hub out of San Fransico, I will be switching it to somewhere outside the US now... but i was hoping on finding a P2P friendly country that might some interferance when they track my IP to my VPN....

In any case, the F'ers on this server that is helping them better hope we never find out who they are... EVERY NOTICE CAME FROM AN ET FILE TRANSFER... now, I have the time stamp there, wait till I find the IP associated on the other end... I can't tell if I was seeding, or it was the initial download...

posted by (2010-10-09 03:59:46)
lilvick avatari tyrd programs like hide ip n other same programs n it made my connection slow. i thinking bout gettin a vpn but im not sure. i have alot 2 share but if i upload 4rm another ip address im gona get banned or blocked 4rm ET. Im currently using my neighbors free wifi connection 2 download. How can i upload if my ISP is checking on me n i dont wana get blocked 4rm ET.

posted by (2010-11-19 18:16:41)
tippy avatarsam what is proxy server and ow do find what yours is and where is it located at i jsut got slamed dunk with a nasty note from server

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