IP blocker for P2P?

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  1. krayziekray macrumors 6502

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    I'm currently using utorrent as my p2p application and was told by a friend that I should be using an IP blocker like PeerBlocker to block certain IP's that track what you are downloading.

    He is actually a Windows user and after a quick google search I have found that PeerBlocker is not available to mac users. As a result I have downloaded Peer Guardian and have to say I'm totally confused as to how to use it and what "lists" I need to have setup.

    I just wanted to know of anyone could help me out either to 1) figure out how to use PeerGuardian and explain the list issue or 2) recommend an alternative to PG.

    I'm aware some clients like Transmission have a built in blocker, does anyone have any experience with that?

    Thanks in advance guys!
     
  2. munkery macrumors 68020

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    Transmission uses the same blocklist as PeerGuardian. BlueTack. The blocklist in Transmission is very easy to use.
     
  3. krayziekray thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your reply munkery. Does Transmission need any configuration or does it "just work" after download and installation?

    Also, if Transmission uses the same blocklist as PG, should I stick to this?

    The link to the blocklist for P2P in PG is http://tbg.iblocklist.com/Lists/PrimaryThreats.zip, is that all is required?

    Sorry for sounding like such a n00b at this, never really used this before.

    Thanks again for any advice/feedback.
     

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  4. rprebel macrumors 6502

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    The blocklist in Transmission auto-updates, so there's nothing you have to do. Just make sure it's turned on, and you're set.:)
     
  5. krayziekray thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, does Vuze use Peer Blocking like Transmission?
     
  6. krayziekray thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, so I downloaded Vuze and went to Preferences -> IP Filtering.

    In the Auto-Update section I added the URL (http://list.iblocklist.com/?list=bt_level1), which I believe is the blocklist used by Transmission. Am I right?

    Is this equvielent of the peer blocking used by Transmission (perfer Vuze as a BitTorrent)? ..... And should I be ok downloading files without the fear of "Big Brother" watching me after this?

    Appriciate all of your help :)

    (Screenshot attached so that you don't have to download vuze if you dont have it installed)
     

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  7. munkery macrumors 68020

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    Vuze is much more of a resource hog than Transmission. In Transmission, you just have to turn the blocklist feature on to block known bad peers and turn on auto update weekly to automatically be up to date. Then you are set to go. All torrents clients require some configuration in preferences to be optimal; especially, if your ISP throttles P2P bandwidth (ie. alternative port, prefer encrypted peers & ignore unencrypted peers).
     
  8. krayziekray thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. Yep, I have done the extra configuration such as setting up encryption and changing ports in Vuze as my ISP does throttle P2P bandwidth.I don't mind it being slightly more resource hungry as I'm usually away from my Mac when a download is in progress.

    Other than being resource hungry, will Vuze offer the same "protection" against the IP addresses in the block list as transmission? And is that the only block list required to be added?

    :)
     
  9. krayziekray thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Anyone??? - Any other block lists I should add to tighten up p2p tracking?

    EDIT: Nevermind, looks like from the PeerBlock Site (at bottom of the page) that level1 blocklist is the only one needed for a P2P program ... :)
     
  10. stegbauerg macrumors newbie

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    Peer Guardian Google Problem

    I just got my first mac a week or so ago. And I have been trying to get a IP blocker and when I downloaded Peer Guardian it installed fine and started working correctly but from that point on I could not open Google or any of its sites in firefox or safari. When I uninstalled Peer Guardian Google worked perfectly again. Has anyone else had this problem and know of any ways to fix it? Also, phoenix labs site does not work so I need another way to download Peer Guardian because the only way I could find version 1.6b2 was from a random YouTube user. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  11. MrPook20 macrumors newbie

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    Just want to thank Krayziekray for doing the research and posted how you figured it out. Just got rid of Transmission and PG and loaded Vuze with the list1 that you posted. Thanks again
     

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