We’ve covered torrent privacy back in 2009, right before Windows 7 came out. At that time we helped you get peer guardian running on the release candidate and provided an alternative method by using utorrent’s ipfilter.dat.
We’re back with an updated and superior alternative for both utorrent, peer guardian, and peerblock. You might need to switch your torrent client as this guide revolves around Tixati.
Why Tixati? At a glance:
- Automatically updating IP Filter
- Manually choke/unchoke of peers
- Ability to ban peers
- Toggle DHT
- Toggle Trackers
- 32/64 Windows & Linux clients
- It’s 100% free with no adware.
What’s this guide going to teach me?
By the end you should understand how to, or at least be able to perform a set of instructions to, prevent suspected unfriendly organizations and governments from connecting to your IP and to encrypt your outbound and inbound traffic. No, it isn’t perfect, but it should get you far enough away from the herd to maintain a relatively elevated level of privacy. You definitely don’t want your hobbies showing up on youhavedownloaded.com and this guide is here to stop that.
So what do I do?
- Download the latest release of Tixati and install it and launch it.
- Run the tests it asks you and determine your bandwidth.
- Run through the steps below.
Encrypting your traffic:
- Go to Settings
- set Outgoing & Incoming Peer Connection Encryption to Encrypted Only
Blocking Hostile Peers:
- In Tixati go to Settings>IP Filter. Activate the feature (set it to ON).
- Exit Tixati.
- Go to %appdata%/tixati (navigate to “RUN” and type that in)
- Download these ipfilters, open the archive with an archiver (7zip, bandizip, winrar), and extract ipfilters.dat to the folder you opened. (source of blocklists)
- Launch Tixati back up.
- You should have a bunch of automatically updating filters in your IP Filter section.
What do I do now?
You’re done with the guide, go forth and don’t forget to seed, support the software and game developers who create good games, and support the movies you like.