Bit torrent Question.. I need someone to walk me through like I am 5

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  1. Mar 11, 2014 #961 of 1314
    Andrea4

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    Ok so I have some experience with torrents. After some failed attempts in the past, I was able to use uTorrent and downloaded some things from Pirate Bay. Pretty quickly I got a notice from Charter to stop and they actually wanted me to pay $20..never did and still hoping they don't come after me for more. So that did scare me into stopping. I would still like to have access to torrents without the possibility of being caught. Is this possible? Would someone be willing to walk me through it since a lot of this is very confusing to me?
     
  2. Mar 11, 2014 #962 of 1314
    gchance

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    How did you receive the notice? Email?

    Greg
     
  3. Mar 11, 2014 #963 of 1314
    Andrea4

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    Yes an email that my sister got since she is the main person on the Charter account
     
  4. Mar 11, 2014 #964 of 1314
    Azlen

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    There are a couple of things you could do. Use a VPN. Private Internet Access is highly recommended. Using a seedbox and private trackers is another way to avoid the cable company letters.
     
  5. Mar 11, 2014 #965 of 1314
    Andrea4

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    What would you recommend? What is private internet access? I thought I saw something briefly about using Linux..I could use a boot CD for that if it would make a difference.
     
  6. Mar 12, 2014 #966 of 1314
    bobino

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    I use privateinternetaccess.com

    They give me a proxy/username/password that I enter into uTorrent.

    To verify that you are hidden, use checkmytorrentip.com (this website seems broken today).

    -Bob
     
  7. Mar 12, 2014 #967 of 1314
    bareyb

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    That's very helpful. Thanks! I've bookmarked that site in case I ever need it. :cool:
     
  8. Mar 12, 2014 #968 of 1314
    logic88

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    If you just need a proxy account, torguard.net is a bit cheaper after coupon. Their yearly price is $46 but they have 50% off sales all the time.
     
  9. Mar 12, 2014 #969 of 1314
    bareyb

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    Thanks. I added that one too. :cool:
     
  10. Mar 12, 2014 #970 of 1314
    2004raptor

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    I've been using Torguard for around a year or so. no issues. But I haven't seen any 50% off deals. I'll definitely look around for some.
     
  11. Mar 13, 2014 #971 of 1314
    Robin

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    There was one this summer, I locked it in. :up:
     
  12. Mar 13, 2014 #972 of 1314
    Steveknj

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    Chrome has this plug-in/extension that, when you open a new tab, you can have it default to showing you your TV calender (plug in the shows you watch). On the tab are links to where you could download the torrent for that show. Now I NEVER use torrents, for legal as well as practical reasons such as the unreliability of the torrent you are downloading. So, since I had this extension on Chrome and the torrents were staring me in the face, I figured what the heck and downloaded one. Wouldn't you know it, that as soon as I downloaded one (an episode of Game of Thrones, and yes I have a sub for HBO), I got a virus/trojan. Now I remember why I never did this in the first place. It's just too much of a crapshoot, especially these days when there are so many legal and safer options (especially for HBO).
     
  13. Mar 13, 2014 #973 of 1314
    MikeMar

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    How did you get a virus? Every torrent or usenet or anything I download is JUST the movie file itself. Never gotten a virus
     
  14. Mar 13, 2014 #974 of 1314
    gchance

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    I stay away from public torrents as much as possible, and if I do use them, try to go with trusted sources.

    Greg
     
  15. Mar 13, 2014 #975 of 1314
    mrdazzo7

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    Been using StrongVPN for years with no issue but today I got this email:

    It's from HBO because I downloaded an episode of Banshee a couple of weeks ago. What's interesting is I have used EZTV for years to catch up on missed episodes, or if I got in to a show late and needed to catch up before a new season, etc, and never had an issues. There is usually an "HD" version and standard version of each ep of each show but this time there just a 1.2GB HD version so I grabbed that... so it's curious that that's the one that got dinged.

    And w\hen I signed into get the info I saw another one from 2012 that I never knew about, from when I grabbed the pilot of Alphas and what's interesting is, again, that was a 1.2GB HD file. I only grabbed it because I had seen a commercial for the new season and it looked liked something I'd want to watch but before I requested the discs from BBV, I wanted to see if I liked the show. Not worth it!! lol.

    So now I'm totally paranoid about downloading anything. I didn't even think the VPN company kept logs of your activity so didn't know they could connect stuff like that back to a specific user when they get the DCMA notice. I mean I guess it's good because my info (or whoever's connection I'm on) isn't showing up with the provider but still, I wouldn't do it if I thought someone could get in trouble.

    Does Private Internet Access keep logs? It's funny because all I really grab is TV shows when I need to - I don't download 100 movies a month (or ever), don't download music... it is what it is I guess. Wondering if I should switch VPN providers now (although at least they're cool about it for the most part).
     
  16. Mar 13, 2014 #976 of 1314
    logic88

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    kdmorse

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    StrongVPN makes no promises about your Torrent privacy, in fact, quite the opposite. They do keep logs, they tell you they keep logs, and they'll cough em up to DMCA requests without a moments hesitation, while at the same time threatening to cancel your VPN account.
     
  18. Mar 13, 2014 #978 of 1314
    john4200

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    Hmmm, isn't blocking "the infringing protocol in its entirety" problematic for users?

     
  19. Mar 14, 2014 #979 of 1314
    logic88

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    On that server, at least. You can switch to another server. I haven't counted but from an eye-ball estimate, they have more than 25 to choose from.
     
  20. Mar 14, 2014 #980 of 1314
    john4200

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    But if one person gets it blocked completely, then isn't it likely that all 25+ servers are now blocked due to DMCA takedown requests over the past few months? Or does the block go away after a short time?
     

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