Are torrents safe?

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  1. Reznik

    Reznik New Member

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    So whats the final word on torrents?

    I use Utorrent to download movies and music. I just download about 2 movies every week.

    I use torrents from torrentspy. Is there any way to make them safer?

    thanks a bunch guys
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    if you're downloading illegal content, then they can get you.
     
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    I was thinking you meant safe as in from viruses and stuff, maybe not.

    "they can get you" indeed. They can pretend to be a peer interested in downloading the data and take a few IPs off the tracker, although in places that's illegal (Cali's the big one I think, which amazes me). They can take a screenshot of your IP then and bitch to a judge to get a warrant or w/e to get your personal info off your ISP.

    Look up PeerGuardian, tor, and onion router. I've never bothered looking at this stuff because the media cartel are a lot less powerful in Ireland like everywhere outside the US.

    There are anonymous P2P networks where they won't get you (they probably could if they were intelligent enough, but has it happened? And have they ever put anything out that hasn't been cracked? hahah), but they're really slow. They'll be nowhere as fast as BT.

    Those suggestions I think will get you in the right direction.

    *sleeps*
     
  4. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    does turning on encryption under utorrent actually do anything?
     
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    D3aC0n Vesa ToskaLOL OT Supporter

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    encryption is for bypassing packet shaping... not for avoiding the RIAA/MPAA
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    and isps have found ways to apply packet shaping even to encrypted torrent connections.
     
  8. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You actually don't get busted for downloading.

    You get busted when an RIAA snitch downloads from you.

    The other way around would require that they get a search warrant for your premises, which will never happen.
     
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    my buddy got caught downloading a movie. it was put up by one of those gosh darn conglomerates
     
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    get on a private tracker
    dont download the latest and greatest movies/music
    move out of the US

    or to by 100% safe,
    buy things legally.

    ime tor/i2p are way too slow to be useful
     
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    definately on a private tracker, and NEVER on torrentspy
     
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    Actually, I've heard of them going after (or trying to) people just for being on the tracker peer list. Then a guy demonstrated what anyone with any understanding of BT knows - being in the peer list doesn't mean you're doing any uploading or downloading. And yaknowwhat, they probably got the judges goahead.
     
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    First thing, drop utorrent and get Azureus. Secondly, if you can...become a member of a private torrent site, the reason being that on the ones that I'm a member of in order for you to even access the site you have to get invited, and then you have to sign an agreement saying you aren't a member of anyone like the RIAA/MPAA or any law enforcement group. So anyone from one of those groups isn't even allowed on the site. Plus when you signup on the site they use your IP on the site and only people that have signed up on their website have access to even loading the trackers, thus voiding any case the RIAA/MPAA could use against you. =)
     
  14. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    you really think all that will stand up in court?
    is demonoid considered a private tracker?
     
  15. JordanCPetit

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    Yeah I believe so, since they have it all written up that no law officials are allowed on the site. And I'm not sure about demonoid, I know it's invite only but it's open registrations on Friday, so I wouldn't trust it.
     
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    Perseverant Yes I am.

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    I've recieved a notice from Demonoid in the past. I don't use them anymore...
     
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    Perseverant Yes I am.

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    Whats your justification for this?
     
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    utorrent trys to control your entire connection limiting the connectivity of other programs (bandwidthwise) and that's even with setting upload limits. I just think Azureus is more user-friendly.
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    yo do know that you can just right click on the tray icon and set the bandwidth to whatever you want, right?
     
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    utorrent >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> azureus.


    btw, to the dumbass that thinks signing an agreement is even legal: you're a moron. Ever watch "cops"? Ever see them do a drug bust? Every single time the dealer asks "are you a cop?" And the cop says "naw man". Of course he's a cop, but he doesn't have to say he's a cop... And the judge won't give a shit. You dealt drugs, you're guilty. Same with this... You stole the shit, you're a thief.
     
  21. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    so, lets say i've downloaded some tv shows,sometimes i dount get to catch all my shows (tivo season pass conflicts, i don't have a dual tuner model)
    what happens if i get caught?
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    TV shows are grey area... Technically if it's something like FOX it's available free-to-air. Not legal. Not not legal. Grey area. If it's HBO (or some pay-type channel), then it's definitely not legal.
     
  23. hurleyint1386

    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    I've been caught for downloading torrents before, and it sucks. But it was only when on campus will they really get you for it. The RIAA etc can deal directly with the provider for the school and threaten to sue them. A campus has lots of money and doesn't want to be sued, so they enforce the no downloading policy, however when you're at home, and you don't have a campus to govern you, the only people the RIAA etc can deal with would be the police, and *most* police have better things to do, than to get some person downloading a movie. So at home, I download/upload torrents. At school, I don't.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    disagree. The RIAA will deal with your ISP. They will work with the RIAA because it's the legal, politically correct, and people that download suck bandwidth down, so ISPs are more than happy to clip people using their resources.
     
  25. D3aC0n

    D3aC0n Vesa ToskaLOL OT Supporter

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    correct
    some ISPs have even gone as far as throttling all encrypted traffic, regardless if it is torrent traffic or not
     
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