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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phoenix
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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?


None that you would notice nowadays. A few years ago, encrypted connections would have been few and far between. But most torrent clients default to allowing both (encrypted and plain-text). With only 2 torrents running, I'm getting over 300 KBps (~2.4 Mbps) with just encrypted connections.

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.


Unless you have an ancient P2 system, you won't notice. CPUs now are mostly idle. Adding 1-5% extra CPU processing is nothing.

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.


They'll be able to see your DNS requests, so they'll know which sites you're going to, but they won't know what you are doing on those sites.

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?


You don't "enable it in the browser or torrents". You change your default route (default gateway) to be the VPN IP instead of your ISP. Then all traffic (browser, torrent, *everything*) goes through the encrypted link. They won't even be able to see your DNS requests.

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