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Want to Torrent Linux files off of P2P sites. However, I don't care to give my information out to people for all to see such as my IP address. Is there a way I can download these legit torrents that doesn't give my personal information out? Tired of seeing hackers not only raiding large companies, but more and more are finding their way into sites and sources usually considered legit and safe.

DistroWatch is fine and all, but depending on the P2P or mirror site it can track your IP address and with all the hacking going on I don't care to give my IP address out to people who may lurk those forums. Do I need some sort of firewall, VPN, or what?

I am trying to secure any loose ends from virus, keyloggers, hackers, accounts, wireless, router, and yes even torrents.

Simple as that...

NOTE TO ADMIN/MODERATORS: this is a perfectly legit question and concern... Not looking to do illegal activity here.... just wanted to clarify.... Seems any question relating to wanting to keep things secure unless it is a virus can get taken off rather easily.
post #2 of 17
When I torrent things I run peerblock but I'm not sure that would help in your case
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If you don't give out your IP address, you can't receive traffic. It's like asking how someone can send you a letter without knowing your address.
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If you don't give out your IP address, you can't receive traffic. It's like asking how someone can send you a letter without knowing your address.
Man, that is so weird. So, wait, essentially do things like web surfing and regular downloads give your IP Address as well? If so then couldn't anyone essentially tag your IP address, look it up and find out information?

I guess I should be getting some kind of Networking/Security books to educate myself.



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When I torrent things I run peerblock but I'm not sure that would help in your case

So the website will still get your IP address, correct? Or at least where ever it is hosted. But, the people you are getting it from or sharing it with won't get your IP address?

It just seems like in P2P situations you wouldn't want that. And it seems more and more companies are using torrents as it is they are cheap options. Maybe I am overly concerned at what exactly someone could get from your IP address, but to me it seems like a virtual address that can result in finding out your real address or potentially someone trying to hack through your network and your computer because they have the address.
post #5 of 17
Having an IP address is pretty much useless, it shows you a rough region where the person lives. Hell, my IP usually tracks back to the opposite end of the country. The only person who'll know exact details is your ISP as they will have your billing address and which IP is assigned to you.

VBulletin captures IP's by default, so every time you browse from a new PC/location, it will capture it.
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Having an IP address is pretty much useless, it shows you a rough region where the person lives. Hell, my IP usually tracks back to the opposite end of the country. The only person who'll know exact details is your ISP as they will have your billing address and which IP is assigned to you.

VBulletin captures IP's by default, so every time you browse from a new PC/location, it will capture it.
If a person knew the IP address then they can know the region and ISP essentially. But, don't some ISP's list an associated name to that IP address?

Perhaps it is a horror story, but I have a friend who was at her work and posting something to someone she had concerns with (the individual was threatening her daughter) and somehow the individual either guessed or was able to determine from the IP address and found out the name of the company related to the IP address and of course obtained a phone number and promptly called them (although maybe it was just a guess based on when the message was received). Either way it was enough to get me thinking about the whole topic and trying to wrap my head around it.
post #7 of 17
Well, yeah, you can find if a business owns an IP range. But, to find the exact details for a private IP, you'd have to get that info from the ISP (who won't give it out).
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Well, yeah, you can find if a business owns an IP range. But, to find the exact details for a private IP, you'd have to get that info from the ISP (who won't give it out).
Ah.... good to know...... although I still find it odd that you can find the business name for an IP.... seems like that is just an open door for hackers and these days those groups run rampant. It almost seems like of a lot of the companies hacked have poor security to boot, but that also encourages me to do the best I can in the online world where it is super easy to lose accounts, get hacked, etc. and I looking to reduce that as much as possible.
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Ah.... good to know...... although I still find it odd that you can find the business name for an IP.... seems like that is just an open door for hackers and these days those groups run rampant. It almost seems like of a lot of the companies hacked have poor security to boot, but that also encourages me to do the best I can in the online world where it is super easy to lose accounts, get hacked, etc. and I looking to reduce that as much as possible.
If you want a bit of anonymity, use TOR.
    
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If you want a bit of anonymity, use TOR.
TOR, that is quite interesting. Although I doubt that it covers torrents, but maybe I am wrong.

And on that topic is there torrent clients that don't give out your information to peers that you share with? For instance, if I want to help distribute some sweet versions of linux I like I can download the torrent as I would in Utorrent and share it, but it would not provide tracking information to me. BTGuard perhaps? I think that is what someone said once... after checking their website it looks like TOR for torrent managers.
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