Are you Downloading torrents anonymously ??
Please refer How torrent works if you want to know what torrents are and how they work. its a good article if you want to know about torrent terminologies i.e seeds, peers, leeches, swarms etc. also it will be easier to understand the purpose and contents of this article go on read it.. till then i’ll wait.
I am assuming if you are here you know how torrent works & its terminologies. So, let’s proceed further.
Why should we even care about this?
Torrent have always been our favorites when it comes for accessing any content which is not available directly. But there is a risk while downloading torrents as soon when we connect ourselves to the swarm we share our IP address publicly which make us vulnerable and anyone interested who is mirroring this same torrent is part of swarm and can easily trackback with the IP to your ISP and then to you.
And I am pretty much sure you don’t ever want this to happen.
So how can we hide our identity??? By always downloading torrents anonymously.
- Generally speaking you can either use Paid VPN’s (Virtual private Networks) to hide your identity. Which I generally don’t recommend.
- Or you can follow below mentioned steps to hide your identity for free.
Note: All the above mentioned points use same technology. But once you will read this whole article you’ll get to know the differences.
I downloaded so many stuffs from torrent websites?? What should I do now??
Looking for solution. Ha haa?? Nothing we can do..duh..!! Just try not to reveal your identity from now on.
Software’s I have used:
- Tor Browser – for browsing web and searching torrent files.
- Deluge – Bit torrent Client – (Proxy support)
Step 1: Download Tor Browser and install on your system. This will help us to search for torrents online.
You must be thinking why can’t we use our normal browser for searching torrents over Web?? Well the parties interested in you can even track you with your masked IP as they can easily use the analogy that if ABC searched for <<PQR>> torrent and if DEF started downloading <<PQR>> torrent then ABC is most likely DEF.
This is a simple logic for example purpose but anyone can implement more complex one too for tracking you over web.
Hence, to be on safe side use tor browser for searching any proxy addresses or torrents.
Step 2: Download Deluge – Bit torrent Client or whatever your favorite client is I am using deluge as its will not proceed with download if proxy address is dead as some other clients will switch to direct download automatically if proxy address is inactive and hence, revealing your IP.
This is why we use VPN’s as they can provide you active proxy all the time instead of you take care of it all the time.
Ooohh .. Finally this is all we want..so as we have collected all the ingredients lets start making ourselves anonymous. 🙂
Open tor browser and search for public anonymous proxy address as these proxy addresses will not always remain online hence they come with a time-stamp of last check when it was active.
Take the recent one having High Anon, High +KA.
Copy the address and refer snapshots to configure your Bit torrent client.
- go to preferences and select proxy tab to add the address you got from the search.
- Select network tab and set encryption as forced and level – full stream
- save the settings and now search for torrent files/ magnet links for download.
Once the torrent is added verify if you are able to see the IP address you masked in cmd or terminal depending upon your OS.
netstat -np tcp
check the foreign address column your masked IP should be present here. also make sure you don’t see any IP address of peers from list as below.
if everything’s good then congratulations you are anonymous. 🙂
Also you need to select new proxy address each time when you start new download also if download fails in between try adding a new proxy.
This is it for now. Let us know your queries/ feedback in comments.