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nonono!renaming the host file and changing it of place work !trust me no need for all mumbo jumbo!but for now we have to do it manually and i doubt os maker will cooperate on this idea lol!
here is the basic idea of what i mention:http://bit.ly/my2uZE

Can you paste a full url?--I don't like to click on bit.ly links from public forums.

I know how to use and edit a hosts file to block access to/from something, but how long of a hosts file do you honestly think you would you need to have an effective impact on establishing your online "privacy" without limiting your ability to do what you want to do online?

And how would you prevent your ISP from looking at your data packets (which they are permitted to do)? That's the problem.

Editing the hosts file is fine if you want to prevent a service (or multiple) from sending info back about your computer (like an ad or tracking service). But it does nothing to shield your computer from your ISP, since your ISP absolutely needs to connect to your computer in order to give it internet access. Even going through a proxy server won't really shield you from your ISP since your ISP is your first and last point of contact for access to the web.
    
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Can you paste a full url?--I don't like to click on bit.ly links from public forums.
I know how to use and edit a hosts file to block access to/from something, but how long of a hosts file do you honestly think you would you need to have an effective impact on establishing your online "privacy" without limiting your ability to do what you want to do online?
And how would you prevent your ISP from looking at your data packets (which they are permitted to do)? That's the problem.
Editing the hosts file is fine if you want to prevent a service (or multiple) from sending info back about your computer (like an ad or tracking service). But it does nothing to shield your computer from your ISP, since your ISP absolutely needs to connect to your computer in order to give it internet access. Even going through a proxy server won't really shield you from your ISP since your ISP is your first and last point of contact for access to the web.

It's safe.

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm]
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sorry for shorter url (old habit)
also to keep host file smaller you can wildcard lot of stuff(*://*.watchemacallit.whatever)
Edited by drbaltazar - 3/27/12 at 7:40am
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