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Anonymous BitTorrent

Posted June 27, 2005 - By smoschella
Here are some links for keeping your downloads anonymous. You won't be 100% safe, but at least you'll be safer.

Use Azureus, our favorite BitTorrent client.
Install Safepeer through Azureus' plugins menu.

If you're feeling brave, install and configure I2P for Azureus. I2P is a closed network that will allow you to share files anonymously with others using I2P. It's not very user friendly yet, but it has a bright future.

If you truly want to be on the bleeding edge, check out Tor and Rodi.

Tor is an anonymizer application that works with almost any networkable application, including BitTorrent and web surfing.

Rodi is being heralded as the new BitTorrent. It's completely separate of BitTorrent and allows for anonymity via IP spoofing. Not many people are using Rodi, but that may change soon.

Other tips:

Don't share too many files. The RIAA has made targets of people sharing thousands of files. You should share a number far less than that - think 50.

Avoid Kazaa, iMesh, Grokster and other apps that use the FastTrack network. They're loaded with junk and are scrutinized by everyone from the RIAA to the MPAA.

Don't let other users browser your shared folder. This is an option in most P2P software and will keep the bad guys from seeing every file you're sharing at a glance.

Don't share or download illegal files (as if you didn't already know). There are plenty of great places to find free stuff.
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  • nevinhorton

    cool points for linking to pitchfork! and i thought you guys just sucked.

    Posted: August 27, 2005 6:11 PM
  • silverdrgn

    cookeman rodi is seperate from AZRS. try to just install rodi on its own. limewire is very risky. i would not use it for anything that is not free software like GPL stuff.

    Posted: June 30, 2005 12:39 AM
  • Quinnn

    would it be a risky thing to do to use limewire?

    Posted: June 28, 2005 10:22 PM
  • pr0gz

    I also tryed Tor, I thought it was great but it sucked that you have to have Tor open on the task bar. I wish you could keep it at the clock at the right head bottom.

    Posted: June 28, 2005 2:16 PM
  • pr0gz

    I try Rodi also. Nothing on there. I mean I try to "Look" (The seach in Rodi) and nothing came up I try every letter and still nothing came up. But I did see hosts, but still no sharing. I did try to share but it like didnt seem to do anything :(.

    Posted: June 28, 2005 2:14 PM
  • smoschella

    I just wanted to mention Rodi because it's new and may become as popular as BitTorrent in time - especially since it allows for almost complete anonymity. However, because it's new it's also very bleeding-edge beta.

    Rodi is not an easy app to use (even though there is a GUI). I wasn't able to find any files after I installed it. Filesharing without any files is not much fun. Still, it's a taste of things to come.

    Tor is great, but is still a bit slow at the moment. You'll be surfing and downloading anonymously, but you'll notice quite a drop in download speeds.

    Posted: June 28, 2005 11:34 AM
  • ThePumpknKing

    Everything is performing like clockwork, thanks for the info!

    Posted: June 28, 2005 11:15 AM
  • cookeman

    my azureus wont let me install the rodi plugin because it is not a valid azureus plugin what should i do?

    Posted: June 28, 2005 10:50 AM
  • krysnum1

    Where is that list of all the Ip's?

    Posted: June 28, 2005 12:27 AM
  • Starain

    HOW do you guys use RODI..

    Posted: June 27, 2005 11:49 PM
  • Starain

    I am going to Rodi a try and see what happans.

    Posted: June 27, 2005 11:12 PM
  • rogo12

    Does any one know what programs are available on the Mac to stay anonymous?

    Posted: June 27, 2005 10:29 PM
  • IAmJacksAlias

    when you use Bittorrent(Azureus), you dont have a choice on whether to share files or not. So if the MPAA/RIAA is going after filesharers, wouldnt all BT users be liable?

    Posted: June 27, 2005 7:35 PM
  • xxxRYANxxx

    ok..what exactly is "safepeer"?

    Posted: June 27, 2005 7:07 PM
  • hdang555

    Good stuff.

    Posted: June 27, 2005 6:46 PM
  • DucTTapEws

    how can they leave out exeem

    Posted: June 27, 2005 6:03 PM