BitTorrent Proxy – Avoid Harassment From Your ISP

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Lately it seems Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have been cutting down on people downloading content from BitTorrent sources. In the past it used to be a big deal with songs, now they have moved onto movies. A couple days ago I received a letter from our ISP explaining that one of the movies I downloaded was having its download activity being watched by the makers of the movie, and that I need to stop downloading copyrighted material, and delete any copyrighted material I have now. I talked around, and it seems that a lot of people have gotten more than one of these notices. So today I’m going to show you the steps I took to help avoid getting in trouble,  and help better protect your identity when downloading torrents.

Everything I’m going to talk to you about involves proxies. A proxy is just an alternative path to a source via a provider that keeps you anonymous. So for example instead of going up and telling someone “Hello my name is __ and I’m downloading your movies” , the proxy will do that for you and say “Hello my name is Proxy and I’m downloading your movies for someone who I can’t tell you their name”. Of course there is a lot of proxies out there, and with the right papers in some countries they can make that proxy reveal who the true downloader is (You), and that is why I use a proxy from Canada. Canada has some of the most strict privacy laws, helping this proxy keep its customers hidden.

How a proxy server works.
How A Proxy Server Works

BTGuard (Torrent Downloading Proxy)

The proxy I’m using right now is called BTGuard. BTGuard is not a free service but there are no free torrent proxies I know of. It is also important to take note that going through a proxy your download speeds will drop, and if you use a free service to do this good luck downloading at all. With this any downloading I do is now going through a proxy, leaving my identity hidden.

Furk (Torrent Searching)

You should be doing pretty good keeping your identity hidden when it comes to downloading and uploading torrents but what about when we search for them? A lot of ISPs have been blocking torrent search sites and with a proxy you can get passed that. Although it is not required if your ISP is not blocking them, it is still a good idea to use it so your ISP does not know what you are searching for. My favorite service to use is Furk.net. It searches all my favorite torrent sites to include ISOHunt.com and ThePirateBay.

So now you are all proxyed up and ready to start downloading torrents again in complete privacy. Some sources also suggest turning off the seeding features in your torrent client but I DO NOT recommend this as it beats the whole purpose of torrents, and you are already hidden behind your proxy. Like I mentioned before, downloading will be a lot slower now, but just plan your downloads to start over night and/or turn the proxy off when downloading safe content (Just don’t forget to turn it back on).

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  • Stefan

    Have you had any issues with btguard? Any ISP issues, etc? I recognize speed will decrease some, but cannot seem to find evidence of efficacy of this service.

    Thanks!

  • sel

    The service really does degrade your speeds due to the fact that all their customers are going through one pipeline or a few pipelines.. But as far as working I can not know FOR SURE until I get busted, I can just assume that it is working right?

    I can say that I have not gotten anymore threatening letters from my ISP telling me to stop downloading copyrighted material or they maybe forced to terminate my account, so in that way the BTguard is working wonderful =).

  • ME

    Just thought I’d point out the fact that Furk.net will actually do the bittorrent downloading for you once you pay for an account. You then download over http/https when it is ready, at full speed, without using your own ISP traffic quota for seeding. This also means that you don’t need to leave your computer on all the time. I’ve been using them for years and have nothing but good experience with them.

    They just email you when your file is ready to download.

    • Sel

      Oh wow, I never knew that. I guess I will need to look into it a little more.

  • Kelson

    In respect to Canadian privacy rights 3 bills are being tabled.

    The bills contain a three-pronged approach focused on information disclosure, mandated surveillance technologies, and new police powers.

    The first prong mandates the disclosure of Internet provider customer information without court oversight. Under current privacy laws, providers may voluntarily disclose customer information but are not required to do so.

    The new system would require the disclosure of customer name, address, phone number, email address, Internet protocol address, and a series of device identification numbers.

    While some of that information may seem relatively harmless, the ability to link it with other data will often open the door to a detailed profile about an identifiable person. Given its potential sensitivity, the decision to require disclosure without any oversight should raise concerns within the Canadian privacy community.

    The second prong requires Internet providers to dramatically re-work their networks to allow for real-time surveillance.

    The bill sets out detailed capability requirements that will eventually apply to all Canadian Internet providers. These include the power to intercept communications, to isolate the communications to a particular individual, and to engage in multiple simultaneous interceptions.

    • Anonymous

      “Tabled” means it is in the process of being looked at or passed? Or does it mean they are passed? And basically the new law looks like it will open up a way for “Copyright holders” to get illegal downloaders information if I understand correctly?

      If I was such a company as BTGuard I would tell them to go shove it until someone such as a judge tells me I have to provide them with that information. I wonder what happens if I were to say to them “Oh yes I can provide you with that information but see the thing is we backed up all our old logs on these un-labeled un-categorized un-filed DVDs so we are going to have to go through them to find the specific information you are looking for and this could take awhile as we have over 10,000 of these DVDs. I would also be more than happy to provide you with a copy of the DVDs but see not everything logged on these DVDs is illegal activity or even the specific activity you are looking for. Oh one more thing its our own proprietary system we made in house to recored this information so you need our specific software to read the information even if we gave you the DVDs, we can rent you a copy of our software for oh lets say 30 million dollars to maybe help hasty your request.” As you can see im not a very legal savvy person but it would be fun to have a lawyer to ask these “what if” questions. =)

  • No

    http://40in.2g0.ru/drafts/bittorrent_proxy.htm

    bittorrent proxy without any restrictions or limits

  • Bill

    I got a notice from my ISP telling me that I was downloading copyrighted material. So, I got signed up for a paid ISP proxy service, I prefer to pay rather than use free ones, because usually nothings for free, I just dont trust them. I’ve been downloading for about a year now, without one notice.

    • Anonymous

      Although this is “old” technology when it comes to masking your true identity in regards to torrent downloads, it is good to hear your success. You might want to look into something called “SeedBox” I use one called SavvySeed With this it like a proxy except you download the torrents on your SeedBox then transfer them to your computer via secure ftp or http. The advantage of this is your download speed is relatively fast (My SeedBox shares a 100MB connection with 9 other users), and you are able to have higher seeding ratios so you become a known good sharer opening you up to private communities (My seeding ratio is like a 4.0, meaning I upload 4 times as much as I download).

      If you get the service let me know and I’ll give you some invites to some good communities.

      • Jarrett Ridlinghafer

        I’ve been using FUrk.net for over a year now…they are great. But they are limited on their files. Now I’m trying to find another that does the same and cannot find any as of yet :(

        • Anonymous

          I think your best bet is what I suggested to Bill and get a seedbox.

          - SeedBox Definition: A seedbox is a private dedicated server used for the uploading and downloading of digital files. Seedboxes generally make use of the BitTorrent protocol for uploading and downloading

          - My Favorite Provider: http://www.savvyseed.net

    • syssu

      Although this is “old” technology when it comes to masking your true identity in regards to torrent downloads, it is good to hear your success. You might want to look into something called “SeedBox” I use one called SavvySeed With this it like a proxy except you download the torrents on your SeedBox then transfer them to your computer via secure ftp or http. The advantage of this is your download speed is relatively fast (My SeedBox shares a 100MB connection with 9 other users), and you are able to have higher seeding ratios so you become a known good sharer opening you up to private communities (My seeding ratio is like a 4.0, meaning I upload 4 times as much as I download).

      If you get the service let me know and I’ll give you some invites to some good communities.

  • Peter

    I agree this sites are really awaresome, but we shoudn’t forget some other, as they also become competitive! One of those I know – http://www.torrentoff.com It helps me always when I need something rare on torrent sites, especially one new movie, which is only recently appeared!

    • syssu

      Very true peter there is a lot of them out there I was just suggesting one that I  know is somewhat decent.

      • Prashant Guleria

        torrific.com
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  • Mymailorder

    I have btGuard and a couple of weeks ago it stopped working. There is no Tech Support whatsoever. My bit torrent client, Vuze, cannot connect to the proxy as it keeps getting errors.
    When I first got it, it worked fine, slow, but fine

    P

    • Anonymous

      I think your best bet is what I suggested to Bill and get a seedbox. I use savvyseedbox http://www.savvyseed.net

  • Anonymous

    The best solution is to use a seedbox like http://dediseedbox.com, my ISP caps all bittorent and usenet traffic but FTP is not capped so I download to seedbox and FTP to my computer.

  • ensjoshi

    I used BTGuard, but it did not work, and there is no techsupport to speck of… It would be a nice service if it actualy worked…

    • Sel

      You are right, it is an outdated service. If you are looking for an alternative please read the alert on the top o this post.

  • Alex Bers

    It’s a time to look at new services and get a stronger encryption, use secure encrypted SSH tunnel together with migrating proxy servers of http://pirateray.com , it works with any torrent client, with any browser, Skype, Wifi wherever I travel, it’s free to try and easy to install

  • Jarrett Ridlinghafer

    I’ve been using FUrk.net for over a year now…they are great. But they are limited on their files. Now I’m trying to find another that does the same and cannot find any as of yet :(

  • Mymailorder

    I have btGuard and a couple of weeks ago it stopped working. There is no Tech Support whatsoever. My bit torrent client, Vuze, cannot connect to the proxy as it keeps getting errors.
    When I first got it, it worked fine, slow, but fine

    P

  • syssu

    I think your best bet is what I suggested to Bill and get a seedbox. I use savvyseedbox http://www.savvyseed.net

  • SPAMMOAR

    Hey, syssu, if i make a post on here, will you make more spam about savvyseed please? thanks bro!

  • Anonymous

    Very true peter there is a lot of them out there I was just suggesting one that I  know is somewhat decent.

  • Prashant Guleria

    torrific.com
    winaddiction.blogspot.com