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The BitTorrent protocol constitutes a decentralised file-sharing network.

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How safe and practical is torrenting? [duplicate]

From my understanding, torrenting differs from standard downloading because it will get pieces of the file from other torrent clients, making it faster (and decentralized if I'm not wrong). How safe ...
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Is Deluge safe to use still when it's not been updated since the first part of 2017?

https://dev.deluge-torrent.org/wiki/Download https://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/deluge/windows/?C=M;O=D The latest version of Deluge for Windows that can actually be downloaded and installed is deluge-1.3.15-...
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Will anyone figure out who I am if I am downloading torrent while logged in facebook in my browser?

I have protonvpn. I am downloading torrents. I don't want anyone to know that I am downloading torrents. I am also logged in to Facebook in my browser. So Facebook knows my VPN IP. And my ISP knows ...
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How can I stop an authorized user from consuming all the bandwidth on my home network? [closed]

Me and my neighbours share a home network managed by me, paid for by the landlord. This person overloads the bandwidth on the regular, jitter spikes up to the 300s,down speed fluctuates, overall ...
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Torrented files under my IP address

Last year (2018) I was accused of torrenting Files whilst in my residence in Germany. I have never torrented any file ever. One thing that stands out is that during the same day CyberGhost (the VPN [...
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Are most warez malicious?

There are many big torrent uploaders, some marked as 'VIP' or 'Trusted' and whatnot with many seeders and good reviews. How likely is it that their software is malicious with some kind of evasive ...
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Is it possible to spoof the user agent of any application?

I love using .torrent files instead of file hosting sites like Mediafire and google drive because of their lack of support for larger files. However, even with a VPN your User Agent is still ...
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Can using torrent help me obfuscate Tor-over-VPN traffic?

There is tremendous misinformation about Tor in my country's mainstream media so, even though i use Tor for everyday surfing, I'd like to hide it from my ISP. Currently, I use a VPN whenever I am ...
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I use VPN+Socks5 proxy for torrents in Utorrent. What is the security risk?

So my setup is essentially MyPC -> VPN Server -> Remote SOCKS Server in Utorrent -> Destination torrent swarm The VPN server is a well known "no-logs" provider, the country is the ...
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Can visiting Pirate Bay itself give you malware? [duplicate]

So I have a MacBook running High Sierra latest version and I decided to go to the Pirate Bay search engine for the first time just for seeing how it looks and just some research. So I searched for ...
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Can a hacked torrent client be used to prevent others from torrenting? [duplicate]

Many pirated game/movie torrents these days have seed boxes which are basically dedicated servers for seeding. I was wondering if leech boxes can be set up by the publishers to delay the torrenting of ...
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Tracing torrent activity behind a proxy

I've got a question about how it is that one may have their torrent activity traced if you are using a proxy. Specifically, I have the following behind a "Socksv5 w/ Auth" proxy in the Deluge ...
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Is receiving fake torrent data possible?

While downloading a file via a torrent, what will happen if some of the peers send me fake chunks? Also, can any of the peers send me a whole fake file? For example, if I download a .torrent file ...
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Is it always safe (virus/malware/spyware) to download video/music files (torrent, lbry)? [closed]

assume all downloads legal Spent a long time trying to find an answer, this related question from 2013 (dated) doesn't fully answer my question although I do fear subtitle malware. LBRY claims to ...
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Bad torrent experience: How can I punish a miner owner? [closed]

I have downloaded a program from torrent tracker. After installation I've found that bitcoin miner has been installed on my PC as well. My electricity bills are huge now and I don't want to pay for it....
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How to secure your Mac when downloading torrents? [closed]

I need to download some files which are distributed as a torrent. The files aren't pirated / restricted so i dont need to worry about a VPN. My main concern is securing my computer when downloading ...
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Hardening/Security considerations for torrent clients

I am running Synology's DSM torrent client on a NAS. As I have to (?) open and forward one UDP port for DHT and another one (UDP/TCP) for data transmission I am exposing myself to threats originating ...
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Special characters in filename leads to starting virus executable [duplicate]

So I've just downloaded torrent with one file in it - the formal name of file should be "123.avi.exe" (which is typical for viruses and trojans). Now, interesting thing is that name is encoded in ...
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How can this executable have an .AVI extension?

Disclaimer: I opened the following torrent file just because someone reported it as a movie containing a virus, which seemed very strange. I do not support piracy. So, upon opening a .torrent file ...
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How is the security / privacy in Azureus Vuze [closed]

I recently heard some people worrying about the privacy in Vuze. There are some rumors claiming that Vuze is not only malware infected, but also has a telemetry function to sell the users' information ...
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DHT and PEX; what peers do they show [closed]

I am using the current utorrent version for Mac I have a question regarding DHT and PEX. I have read a few articles that suggest that DHT updates other peers as to who is actively in a swarm a for a ...
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How does using port mapping create a leak from the VPN?

I have red in the discussion forums of VPN services, such as Private Internet Access, that torrent clients should have certain features disabled to ensure security. For example disable "UPnP Port ...
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Is proxy useless when connected to VPN?

Suppose one is permanently connected to a trusted VPN. Further let's suppose the primary objective is torrenting solely. Is there a point to go further, in particular for a proxy? I ask on behalf ...
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Is it safer to download torrents over Tor or a normal Browser?

I'm asking this question because I really want an explanation, I'm not familiar with this type of stuff. When I downloaded the Tor browser it told me not to download torrents because there was an ...
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Can Tor guarantee anonymity when downloading torrents?

I know it is generally a bad idea to download torrents using Tor, as Tor is not designed to support such large data transfers and the bandwidth is limited. However, I wanted to know if, when Tor is ...
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Justifications for disallowing torrents as an IT Admin

Many countries, including mine, allow torrent traffic and have no constraints about downloading torrent data and violating copyrights. I know that if I traveled out my country 'to Europe for example' ...
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Can non-torrent-supporting browsers run torrent clients like jstorrent.com for Chrome?

I'm participating in a discussion on Quora where I argue that browser security means that JavaScript, ActiveX, and even Java applets, aren't allowed to act as torrent clients, even with the end user's ...
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Identifying torrented files by reversing info_hash

I've been lead to believe that if you decode the info_hash in a tracker GET request, you are left with the SHA1 hash of the file that is being downloaded. That makes sense to me but I'm not getting ...
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How to block torrent sites?

Recently we've received at least four letters from our ISP that we are violating their terms and service by the downloading or the distribution of illegal software through bittorrent protocol. My son ...
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Can they tell which individual computer was torrenting on shared internet connection?

I live in a shared house where multiple people use the same wi-fi (actually, there’s two: the normal frequency and 5GHz one). The internet is included in the rent. The other day I received a complaint ...
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Download an OS image via torrent [duplicate]

If you take the Ubuntu alternative download page for example, there, you have the possibility to download the OS also via torrent. Being a peer to peer where files are stored on anyone's machine got ...
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The Peer-To-Peer Web

Good Morning Guys, I'm currently looking into the Project Maelstorm (BitTorrent Peer-To-Peer Web Browser Project), and a question popped up in mind. When on a P2P network, users share the file which ...
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Are Downloads from file hosting sites are 100% safe from legal issue? [closed]

See we can download files from file hosting sites, but there is no warning on it. but this security warnings present on torrent sites but not on file hosting sites, why so? See here this picture i ...
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Why is Kickass Torrents banned in my browser? [closed]

I am trying to access Kickass Torrents, but getting warning from the browser like this: Reported Unwanted Software Page! This web page at kat.cr has been reported to contain unwanted software ...
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Router reporting DoS-Attack from rival provider

In my (netgear) routers logs there are entries like the following, often multiple times a second since quite some time. [DoS Attack: RST Scan] from source: 80.218.64.172, port 10646, Tuesday, ...
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RC4 encryption of torrents safely

Torrent clients offer encryption of traffic using RC4, and people consider this very safe to hide traffic information from ISP. Now since I have a website with SSL encryption, I know that RC4 has a ...
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How does torrent poisoning work?

Can someone explain how torrent poisoning attacks work? I am looking for some tutorials on how to do it. What are the countermeasures that someone can use to defend themselves against it?
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I've shared my WiFi with my neighbour. How can I ensure they're not downloading illegal content?

I want to ensure they're not downloading any illegal content (torrent websites in particular). If they're using a VPN or Tor, then I guess there's not much I can do, but if they're just connecting ...
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Firewall and Torrent

I use my university internet network and all incoming connection is blocked on every port.(they use netasq firewall) They have no other restrictions which stops me from using a torrent client. Using ...
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Torrent "bad seed" attack by Sony, how does it work?

Sony recently saw a large amount of data stolen. In order to prevent the stolen data from being spread using torrents, they are doing what was called a bad seed attack. What is this attack? Is this a ...
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Can I hide torrent details from my ISP? [duplicate]

I admit that I know very little about torrents. There seems to be very little point in encryption them as an ISP can detect the torrent protocol and a user might then have some explaining to do (which ...
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Download Torrents on University network without detection [closed]

I want to download files using Bit-torrent, but I have heard that they can detect when someone is downloading torrents. How can they detect this? And are there any precautions I can do to prevent ...
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What hash version is implemented on ThePirateBay.se? SHA-1 or MDA-5? [closed]

I downloaded a File Checksum Utility executable file from Microsoft. This tool is for checking the hash of a file. I'm wondering what is the version of the "Info Hash" section on the torrent site "...
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How can illegal downloads (not file sharing) be detected?

I understand that copyright holders can identify illegal filesharing over BitTorrent by simply taking part in the sharing process and noting IPs of peers. But how do they detect illegal downloads ...
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Anonymity network like tor, but using the model of torrent

I am thinking about an anonimity network (just as tor), but using some type of guarantee against mis-usage. For example, which torrent does: there is a tracker, which registers who has given how much ...
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Is BitTorrent Sync a spyware?

Source: http://www.infoworld.com/t/development-tools/bittorrent-sync-gaining-major-traction-peer-peer-alternative-dropbox-232144 and the average usage has hit 20GB per person. How can they know ...
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Hiding BitTorrent clients

One of the things that came out of the Snowden files, I believe, was that ISP's will monitor someone that has a BitTorrent client (uTorrent, qbittorrent etc.) installed on their PC, even if they don't ...
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Is Port Forwarding for bit torrent risky?

I have found that my connection decreased suddenly when downloading torrents. I diagnosed it with bit torrent and the answer is that i should do port forwarding on my modem/router! Is it risky?
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How to effectively block torrents on my network?

As per the network policy, we have to block all torrent traffic from the network. To do this, I used to block all ports above 1024 on my firewall/proxy devices. But due to this, many other ...
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How to block some websites and torrent usage in a small office?

In my office there are approaximately 25 systems are connected through network and all having internet accessibility.but some people are missusing this facilities like downloading films from torrent ...
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