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Hello,

 

I got an alert from Comcast similar to this: 

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Any idea how to continue using torrent but bypass Comcast's check, please? Thanks.

 

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Thanks, humble3d. Could you please elaborate? 

I found a couple of solutions on Google but I bet the best solution is on forum. Thanks in advance.

 

1. Get a VPN.

This whole monitoring scheme is based around the MPAA and RIAA 

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 and torrent sites for copyrighted material and reporting IP addresses of those in the download swarm to the appropriate ISPs. Naturally, the 

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 is to mask your IP address. The easiest way to do that is by subscribing to a Virtual Private Network, a monthly service that routes all web traffic through a set of servers that hide your real IP from public view to ensure privacy. VPNs that don’t store logs of their users’ online activity are best, as they leave no trail to track. Popular P2P-centric VPN providers include 

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2. Use a proxy service.

Professional geeks usually 

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to confound the technically illiterate, but don’t let the technobabble scare you. Proxy services 

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, but they don’t re-route all of your Internet traffic through a set of remote servers. Instead, proxies simply mask certain programs and protocols, making them simpler in function than many VPNs and particularly useful for BitTorrent. There are many services aimed at torrent users, but 

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 are popular choices due to the encryption services and built-in download clients they provide. A bonus over VPNs: Less fuss means faster speeds overall.

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3. Buy a seedbox.

If you’re a hardcore torrenter (

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), VPNs and proxy services might not offer the level of convenience and function that you want or need. Essentially torrent-ese for “dedicated high-speed server,” seedboxes provide users with anonymity by downloading torrent files to a remote machine not attached to their IP address. From there, the files can be downloaded to the user’s primary computer without BitTorrent, allowing for a secure and anonymous process. Beyond security and anonymity, seedboxes also offer extremely fast upload and download speeds, with most providers hosting boxes over 100Mbit connections. They aren’t cheap (around $100 monthly on average), but popular seedbox hawkers include 

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4. Access a closed torrent community.

Because the MPAA and RIAA will be scanning open P2P networks and torrent sites like 

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 (and because they have to join the download swarm to see who else is downloading), private torrent communities are much less likely to be monitored. The downside is that most private torrent trackers require users to maintain a download/upload ratio of 1:1, lest they incur penalties like the banhammer (and uploading, in terms of legality, is a big no-no). To get into one of these sites, a member must invite you to register, so you literally need to know a guy. If you can manage, though, preferred sites include 

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5. Consider alternative methods.

By focusing primarily on torrenting, the MPAA and RIAA are only monitoring a fraction of the file-sharing sources that Internet users utilize, which leaves a slew of other options wide open. All-but-forgotten utilities such as 

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 (IRC) and 

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 are still hotbeds of file-sharing activity. The ever-growing 

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, which offers users the ability to share files, chat and browse anonymously, is another good alternative to BitTorrent and currently has around two million users. Streaming portals such as Hulu, Veoh and 

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 offer full video streams of television and movies. And then, of course, there are the digital storage lockers such as 

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An IP hider (proxy) will keep you hidden from the host, but your ISP will see all that you do.

Better option would be to get a VPN sevice. It creates an encrypted tunnel between you and the host, so your ISP cannot see the data being transferred.

 

Or, you could go for a debrid service. Real Debrid is one of the few good ones. It downloads torrents on your behalf and uploads them to a host from where you could download at high speeds. Enable SSL in your account preferences for extra privacy.

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PIA looks good. Anyone has experienced PIA, please? Thanks. 

 

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After your ISP's reply, it's recommended you encrypt your data in the future. 

By all means, go for a VPN. You will get mixed reviews for any VPN you decide to go for.

Take a leap and try for yourself. Most of them have a money back guarantee.

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Thanks again, s33m33. I will do some more reading. 

 

At this moment, I do not know how to test if a VPN works well for uTorrent. Hopefully I am not getting Alert #2 to learn if a VPN is not working :) 

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Here's a good article to safeguard your privacy if VPN disconnects

 

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How to see if your VPN is Leaking your IP address & How to fix it

 

VPN's are a necessity these days for security, but one of the main reasons many people use a VPN is to mask/hide or change their IP address to bypass restrictions on accessible content based upon your location.

 

Recently, a new security flaw has been identified with most browsers that can reveal your real IP address, even while you are actively connected to a VPN, which allows remote sites to take advantage of WebRTC (also known as Web Real Time Communication; which supports browser-to-browser real-time applications for voice calling, video chats, and file sharing without requiring the user to enable external plugins). Currently, the vulnerability is primarily browser-based, but any application that uses WebRTC can access this.  

 

Unfortunately, there are websites, such as Hulu, which perform deep-packet inspections and are able to determine that a user is connected via a VPN. This is an issue which affects ALL VPN providers, as currently, the only work-around is on the user's end.


The flaw mostly occurs with Chrome, Firefox and Opera, which have implemented WebRTC, allowing requests to STUN servers (Session Traversal Utilities for NAT) that return both the local (the IP where you are located) and public IP (the IP broadcasted when connected to a VPN). These requests are also made outside of the normal XMLHttpRequest procedure, making them invisible to the developer console and plugins such as Ghostery and AdBlockPlus.


It is highly recommend that all user's check their browsers and VPN connections to see if they are affected by the exploit, and take a couple minutes to make the necessary changes to ensure they are protected right away.


The first thing you need to do is see if the browsers (especially if you use Chrome and/or Firefox to browse the Internet) and VPN you use are affected. Please follow the steps listed below for instructions on how to check if this exploit affects you:

 

  • Visit WhatIsMyIp.com and make note of the IP address displayed on this site when you are NOT connected to the VPN.
  • Connect to a VPN server/location in another location than where you are located. (i.e. If you are located in London; connect to a server in the USA, etc.)
  • Visit WhatIsMyIp.com again and verify that the IP address displayed on this site is that of the VPN location/server you connected to.
  • Visit the WebRTC Test Page and note the 2 IP addresses displayed there.  

If Steps 3 & 4 display the IP address of the VPN server you have connected to; you are not affected by this exploit.  


If you are not seeing the IP address change in Steps 3 & 4, and are broadcasting your real IP address; your browser is leaking your real IP address to the entire world. Since the IP check takes place between the user and the website they are connected to, VPN's are unable to block this on their end, meaning you will need to fix this on your end.


The Fix:
There are a few ways to fix this exploit; which do not involve you switching to a new browser which doesn't use WebRTC. We will discuss the method's which we have found to be most effective and easiest to deploy.


The easiest way we found is to disable WebRTC in your browser. If you are using Chrome, Firefox, or Opera; these browsers have WebRTC enabled by default. If you are using either Internet Explorer or Safari; you do not need to worry about WebRTC affecting you, as these two browsers do not have WebRTC enabled by default unless you have specifically enabled them. Please see below for details specific to your browser for instruction on how to disable WebRTC:

 

  • Chrome:   Install the SafeScript browser extension from the Chrome Web Store.
  • Opera:   Install the Chrome Extension Installer for Opera Next 15 or higher in order to have the ability to install Chrome extension in your Opera browser, then download & install the SafeScript browser extension from the Chrome Web Store.
  • Firefox:   Firefox users have 2 methods to choose from to disable WebRTC; you can either install the Disable WebRTC addon, or disable WebRTC directly in the browser itself by opening a new browser tab, then going to "about:config" in the address bar. Locate "media.peerconnection.enabled", and change the setting for this to "False".

Please be advised that disabling WebRTC may cause some webapps and services to break. Browser-based apps that use your computer's microphone and camera, or that know your location upon accessing the service will stop working until WebRTC is re-enabled.  


It is recommended that you install a VPN on your router too; as not only does it provide VPN security for every computer and device on your network, but ensures that you are always protected, as with browser updates, browsers may automatically change your WebRTC settings!

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This site with "Torrent Address detection" function is handy: 

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It helps check if your VPN is working for torrenting. Any IP, DNS... leak

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You never know mgk1956 .. where there's a swarm, there's always a chance.

 

I mentioned a debrid service few posts above. The server downloads torrents on your behalf, splits the file and uploads to a host with resumable support.

There's a few advantages that come to mind, 

1. You don't use the torrent protocol at all. Instead, you download from a private server.

2. They have their own seedbox. So you can power down your computer and relax.

3. The service offers SSL.

4. It works with VPN for added privacy.

5. Doesn't keep logs.

6. It's cost effective.

 

lol .. seems like marketing, but been a couple of years into the service and it's made things easier.

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The good VPNs now provide an Internet Kill Switch. 

 

"Network Lock ensures your internet traffic goes through VPN's secure tunnel and stops all traffic if VPN disconnects unexpectedly." 

 

It is a nice feature. And on top of that  I  use a firewall to make sure uTorrent only uses VPN. That is to allow uTorrent to only use the VPN's adapter: TAP-Windows Adapter V#.

 

To stop uTorrent from seeding a file when downloading is done: in Preferences/Queueing/ leaves the first 8 and 5 and set the rest to be 0. 

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21 hours ago, s33m33 said:

You never know mgk1956 .. where there's a swarm, there's always a chance.

 

I mentioned a debrid service few posts above. The server downloads torrents on your behalf, splits the file and uploads to a host with resumable support.

There's a few advantages that come to mind, 

1. You don't use the torrent protocol at all. Instead, you download from a private server.

2. They have their own seedbox. So you can power down your computer and relax.

3. The service offers SSL.

4. It works with VPN for added privacy.

5. Doesn't keep logs.

6. It's cost effective.

 

lol .. seems like marketing, but been a couple of years into the service and it's made things easier.

 

That is the best protection there is! S4rjW.gif

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