Jun 12, 2015

Protect Your BitTorrent Privacy With Tribler

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I wrote a few weeks back about how after years of torrenting I finally received a nasty graham from my ISP about downloading torrents. For the last year or so I've been using TorrentPrivacy's VPN service, and recently switched to EarthVPN. Both are around the same price at $40 per year.

$40 per year isn't a lot if you do a decent amount of torrenting. It's certainly cheaper than a subscription to Hulu or Netflix. What if you don't want to spend any money though and still protect your anonymity?

A client is available with a built in custom version of the TOR network that is designed to do just that. It's called Tribler! From their page:
Tribler offers anonymous downloading. Bittorrent is fast, but has no privacy. We do NOT use the normal Tor network, but created a dedicated Tor-like onion routing network exclusively for torrent downloading. Tribler follows the Tor wire protocol specification and hidden services spec quite closely, but is enhanced to need no central (directory) server.
You can read more about how their anonymity system works here: (Tribler Anonymity)

To avoid liability, Tribler is saying that their anonymity system is still experimental. In fact, when you install it you get this warning before you begin:

Tribler is available for Windows, Mac and Ubuntu Linux.

To me Tribler sounds like a good idea, and if you don't want to spend money on a private VPN solution, then you should give it a shot. It's got to be better than downloading completely unprotected right? Still though, I think I'm going to stick with my current solution. I also don't like how Tribler handles RSS feeds.

What do you think about this? Will you use Tribler? Do you use it already? Should it be avoided? Let us know in the comments!

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