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So yeah, what are the risks and threats that torrents give?
Also, what is an i.p grabber? heard they are in a lot of torrent?
thanks

personal experiences and opinions welcome! smile.gif
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You're safe if you can verify the validity of the torrent you're downloading. You're 100% safe if you download a copy of Ubuntu. But these IP grabbers you speak of are usually movie studios or game makers who don't want people pirating their games, so they get the IP's of everyone in the swarm, which then can be reported to your ISP for piracy.

Basically, don't download illegal things and you're safe.
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its been known that verison will track everything you do and if there is anything suspicious they will call and check up on your files. Just make sure you dont have an ISP router. And be careful !
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Chances of getting an IP grabber forwarding your IP and getting you into trouble with the Authorities is slim. I think, in the U.K. you get a letter through the post with a warning and your internet speed is lowered to a very slow speed to prevent you DL'ing large torrents.
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peer block for the ip grabbers, but if you dont they will just have your isp send you a letter that says "delete said file or we will sue you for every thing you have this is your final warning!"
ive gotten that letter about 50 times though im still waiting for the FBI to plow down my door.
also never got a virus or trojan from a torrent, just be sure you read the comments on it.
Edited by redhat_ownage - 2/19/11 at 3:59pm
post #6 of 41
Just don't do it. My brother downloaded a lot of movies. last week he recieved a letter in the mail from his ISP about Copyright Fraud. He was warned that Universal Pictures tracked his IP address and contacted them and that if he were to continue downloading illegal torrents the ISP would no longer offer service to him.

Risks are as stated above and of course Viruses! A lot of torrents have the ability to have viruses in them. Also, those programs, like Windows, they require a key to activate them. Those that offer the files through the torrent site "crack" the program so that a key is not need, or a generic key is used. This can lead to instability in the program and of course no support or updates.

Its always better to buy an actual copy of what ever it is that you need program or movie wise. Books are slightly different IMO. I have several manuals that I had to get from a torrent site just because I could not find them anywhere else.

I would stay away from torrent sites.
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ive gotten that letter about 50 times though im still waiting for the FBI to plow down my door.
also never got a virus or trojan from a torrent, just be sure you read the comments on it.

Really? My ISP called me (after sending me a email after each single torrent) and I told them to screw off, I'm paying for the internet I can do what they want..The lady told me I understand, thanks for using our service.

Your ISP prob don't care.
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truthfully the chances of you being caught (unless your ISP is comcast/verizon/atnt) you will be fine. The reason I do not include them is that they are known for throttling and having huge limits for when torrenting is happening. For instance Comcast will throttle your speeds down to 50 k/b if the torrenting protocol is used.. Hence don't use any of these isps if you don't have to... Best of luck I have never gotten caught..smile.gif
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Everytime i reboot my router, my isp changes, said AOL? They say a lot of things lol.
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Originally Posted by Roweyi7;12449571 
So yeah, what are the risks and threats that torrents give?
Also, what is an i.p grabber? heard they are in a lot of torrent?
thanks

personal experiences and opinions welcome! smile.gif

loads of viruses and if you download things that you are supposed to pay for you could get a huge fine and/or a prison sentence. the only things that i can think of that are legal to download for free on torrents is paint.net, open office, linux, live for speed, game demos and software trials (most of them last 30 days) everything else is illegal
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