How to avoid torrent tracking

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How to avoid torrent tracking
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One of the downsides of using torrent files to download movies, games or other files from people over the internet is that doing so reveals your IP address to everyone else using the torrent. Your IP address is information that can be used to identify you and even find out where you live. If you want to avoid someone tracking you in this way, there are a few different programs and methods you can use that help to hide your sensitive information and reduce your risk of being tracked.

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    Download and install a program like Go Trusted in order to hide your IP address completely (see Resources). Sign up for the program by entering your information in the textboxes provided. Sign in using the account you created in the program and click the "Go Trusted" button to begin showing an IP address that is different from your own. This will make it impossible for anyone to track you on torrent. The trial of this software is free, but then you'll need to purchase the full version.

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    Use Peer Guardian to avoid being tracked by various organisations through torrent (see Resources). Install the software and then click "Block http" to prevent torrent tracking by ad companies and others that are on the blacklist that Peer Guardian periodically updates. This software is free to use.

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    Use private tracker websites like Demonoid to avoid showing your IP address to the general public (see Resources). Sites like Demonoid take more effort to sign up for, but downloading torrents from them is safer and less prone to being traced than torrents available to just anyone. Demonoid periodically releases "invitation codes" that allow you to sign with them.

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  • Downloading files from torrents may be illegal depending on the copyright status of what you're downloading.

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