Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Mar 2012 22:06 UTC
Legal "If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider has been watching, and they're coming for you. Specifically, they're coming for you on Thursday, July 12. That's the date when the nation's largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users' bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials." One day, years from now, historians are going to debate whether this was the point of no return.
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Technical question about torrents
by ozonehole on Fri 16th Mar 2012 01:56 UTC
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One thing I'm curious about. I suppose that your ISP can know that you're downloading/uploading torrents, but can they know just what you are downloading or from whom? In Ktorrent, I do see in the Configuration section a dialog box for "Use Protocol Encryption" which I have not clicked (default is to allow unencrypted connections). I thought that clicking this might eliminate most connections, but maybe it would just slow them down. If so, how much additional overhead would it entail?

There is another dialog box to "Send the tracker a custom IP address or hostname" and then you have to specify one, but I haven't enabled that feature either, and just wondering if I should (and if so, what "custom IP address" would I use).

I have thought of enabling my browser's feature to encrypt all connections for HTML, but I think that would also cause more overhead though I'm not sure how much. And I also wonder if it would really make a difference as far as my ISP's ability to spy on me. Any thoughts on this will be appreciated.

Finally, someone mentioned using a VPN, even if you have to pay for it. I might be willing to do so, but can anyone recommend any such services? And how do I enable that feature in my browser or torrents once I've paid?

And no, I'm not engaged in piracy here. But I really don't like being tracked on the Internet by anyone. To think that there is someone out there compiling my entire browsing history, not to mention other family members (we all share a single wireless router, with encryption turned on of course) is worrisome.

Edited 2012-03-16 01:57 UTC

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