Thursday, November 1, 2012

How to bypass Verizon and Comcast's File Sharing crackdown

If you have spent anytime at all reading my blog.  You know that I am not a Democrat or a Republican and you know that I believe everything on the internet should be shared freely.  I have written about digital rights before and what brings my fingers to the keyboard today is the new process in which the major ISP's like Verizon and Comcast are beginning a monitoring process that will 'Catch' file sharing.  We wrote a blog post about that exact issue on Bob Johnson's Tips and Tricks Blog.

Now, I am not suggesting that you download illegal material.  After all it is 'illegal' and can result in some serious fines.  So, lets say that you want to download via The Pirate Bay a file that is free public information.  Well, this can be a problem, Verizon and Comcast have a third party company monitoring P2P file sharing sites. You would receive the warnings even though the file you were downloading is free to the public.  Comcast and Verizon do not monitor what file you are downloading only that you are using bittorrent and downloading from The Pirate Bay.  So how do we get around this monitoring?

I found this article that gives several solutions on how to evade detection.  Of the solutions presented, I found two that seem to be the best choices for most people.  In addition, I found an article on Mashable that gives you 10 things you didn't know about dropbox.

Solution #1 -

Using BTGuard, you can Bittorrent anonymously.  Meaning that there is no way to track your ip address since your ip is hidden.  This service is low cost and can be purchased on a monthly basis at $6.95 for the month.  Discounts apply if you sign up for a longer term.  The best service is their VPN service at $9.95 per month.  With this service your entire internet connection is anonymous.

Solution #2 - Closed Torrent community

In a closed torrent community you must be invited by a member to join.  Once a member you are unlikely to be caught downloading because that 3rd party company monitoring traffic is not a member therefore has no access to the service.  Some examples are PassthePopcorn, What.CD,, and

Solution #3 - Dropbox

Using Dropbox you can have the files download to your dropbox.  I found this article on Mashable - 10 things you didn't know that dropbox could do.  By having your bittorrnet download to your dropbox your ip never shows up to that 3rd party monitor.  You might have to buy a larger storage size but seems like a simple solution.

I found these solutions simply by doing a google search on file share monitoring.  As I learn more I will post updates to this article.  If you know of any method please share by leaving comments below.

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