BitTorrent, Comcast and Download Privacy
By on March 27th, 2008

After a long time I have some relief that my Internet service provider Comcast and finally relented and patched up with BitTorrent. This takes of a headache where Comcast was throttling bandwidth for connections made through the torrent clients which made it quite difficult to see torrents.

On the other hand there is always a fear of getting caught while downloading movies and music using BitTorrents and you may also face class action suits against you. If you are really concerned about who is watching your downloads then you should definitely make it a point to read this superb article written by Adam Pash of Lifehacker.

When you download a file using BitTorrent, you’re connecting to several peers who are distributing chunks of the file you’re downloading. In order to send data back and forth, you and your peers exchange IP addresses. (IP addresses are like mailing addresses for sending data over the vastness of the internet). When you’re downloading copyrighted material, sometimes disingenuous organizations will join in the download and log your information, like your home IP address. Once they have your address, they can find out who your ISP is and contact them to complain about copyright-infringing activity.

If that sends some signals down your brain you should definitely safeguard your privacy while downloading content from BitTorrrent networks.

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