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Does anyone if my machine is particularly vulnerable when I download bit torrents?

Does it depend on the site I download from?

When I leech or seed am I vulnerable?
post #2 of 19
As far as i know, not too much, not really but a good hacker well get in regardless but through torrents you really shouldnt get any viruses or spyware if you download smart. Only get things with alot of seeds generally people wont seed it if its a virus. Dont get anything thats really small if you think it should be really big.
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Usually the tracker sites packed with porn ads are the ones not to trust , here's a good one (site is down for the mo, back soon) link
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It all depends on the file you download. If you want a song (the artist in me makes me say this, Don't steal music!) and it is 200kb in size, use your common sense and don't download it. I use this one.
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But if you register on a Bitorrent site then i think that your download will go faster,Like Demonoid is pretty good site at least people seed.
 
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post #6 of 19
When you download any torrent i suggest you download Peerguardian 2 and run it every time you have you your BT program open. It is basically a blacklist for IP addresses.


Also when you download from public trackers such as the piratebay's and others you are more able to be exposed. That is what peerguardian. Also you get a bit slower speed.


But if you get into a private tracker you get much faster speeds but they force you to seed. If not you get kicked if you don't maintain a certain ratio.
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post #7 of 19
Private trackers (Like Demonoid, where you have to have an invitation to get access to the site, or register when they open registrations, usually a couple days a month) are generally much safer (and faster) than public ones.
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Demonoid isn't very private anymore. Private is more like Oink or Torrent-Damage.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mactard View Post
Demonoid isn't very private anymore. Private is more like Oink or Torrent-Damage.
Oink is a bit more than private, more like hyper-exclusive. There's a difference.
post #10 of 19
If you're using a private site, seed only as much as you have to to maintain a decent ratio. If it's public, don't seed. Seeding = exposure, although people will hate you for not seeding. Don't have the torrent program open unless something is downloading or seeding. Use only trusted websites and watch the file size. And most importantly, read some comments to see what people are saying about the files, to see if they're corrupted, infected, password protected, or something like that. I use demonoid with Azureus, I'm behind windows firewall and a router. I have a port for Azureus open on the router and firewall. I've never gotten infected from downloading.
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