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Image1How does CheckMyTorrentIP work?

CheckMyTorrentIP is a torrent tracker that lets you download a legal torrent file created uniquely for you. Because no one other than you has this torrent and since there are no seeders, the torrent will not download and never complete and will remain active in your queue as long as you wish. You’ll see your torrent IP within your torrent client and you can come back here to see your torrent IP history. I created this site after a friend found it difficult to constantly monitor his setup and kept asking me for help. The site is a free service and there are no gimmicks, just pay it forward.

But I’m using a VPN or Proxy, isn’t my privacy 100% safe guarded?

Maybe, maybe not. This FAQ details many ways your IP address can leak and explain what steps you can take to prevent it. By checking your torrent IP address over a period of time, you can verify if there are any holes in your security practices. If you’re not a techie, have a friend help diagnose your connection.

Why can’t I just use a web browser or other program to check my IP?

See the next question that gives examples where a web browser fails to help you. Also keep in mind that you can’t manually check your IP with a browser 24×7 and your torrent client may be setup to use a different IP address.

How can my IP address be exposed if I’m using a VPN or Proxy?

There are many ways, here are some different scenarios, feel free to send in any others you know about and suggestions.

VPNs – There are many types of VPNs, the two most prevalent types are PPTP and OpenVPN. While each has their advantages and drawbacks, all suffer from the same weakness, at one point or another the connection will drop and this may expose your personal IP address (Note: VPNs enjoy dropping while you’re tucked in bed catching up on ZZZzzzs). To completely prevent exposing your IP address you’ll need to modify your routes or use a firewall program to do this for you. See below in another question for more details on securing a VPN.

Proxies – Again there are many variations but the most popular by far is a socks proxy. The proxy can be a remote host or exist locally via an ssh tunnel. If your proxy is incorrectly configured or unknowingly unset you may expose your IP address. Also always be sure to disable DHT, uTP, udp trakers, udp peers, and UPnP in your client otherwise you will mostly likely leak your IP address even if your proxy is configured correctly. Please see below in another question for more details on securing your proxy and DHT/UPnP.

Firewall – Some users use a software or hardware firewall to route torrent traffic through a secure connection and other traffic (like web) through the local connection. The configuration can be incorrect or become undone.

Relative or Friend – You may have the most secure setup but all it takes is a lovely relative or friend to misunderstand/forget your clear simple instructions and expose your IP address.

Torrent client software bug – There are plenty of torrent clients, and new ones coming out all the time, some are specialized or experimental, others tout better performance. As long as you stick to established mature software, this shouldn’t affect you. But for the bold and daring, make sure to always test the proxy/forwarding/hider feature.

Being an exit node on private P2P – There is a new wave of public/private P2P networks (not Tor) that anonymize your traffic in return for you anonymizing other user’s traffic. There have been and currently exists bugs that incorrectly route your traffic to the point of making you the exit node of your own traffic!

Unknowingly using employer’s VPN – Some computers have multiple VPN configurations installed and you could inadvertently be using the wrong VPN.

By monitoring your torrent IP address, you can definitely improve your setup and curb poor habits.

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From thehonestreviews.com

 

Image1IPVanish is one of the newer VPN service companies which started out in 2012, but don’t let that discourage you. It seems like they know what they are doing because I’m loving them. IPVanish currently has 3500+ IPs on 90+ servers in 41 different countries which is already better then the majority of the VPN service provider out there.

 

IPVanish Features

  • 3500+ IPs on 90+ servers in 41 different countries
  • Unlimited VPN traffic and uncapped bandwidth
  • High Speed Connection
  • FREE IPVanish VPN Software
  • OpenVPN, L2TP, and PPTP Protocols
  • Prevent Hot Spot Dangers
  • Secure & safe browsing
  • 24/7 Support

IPVanish Pricing

Here are the current VPN packages at IPVanish:

  • 1 Month – $10 (17% savings)
  • 3 Month – $26.99 (25% savings)
  • 1 Year – $77.99 (46% savings)

If you pick the yearly plan, it will only cost you $6.49/month which comes out to a huge 46% in savings. $6.49 is as cheap as it gets for a premium VPN service so you are definitely getting your money’s worth. You also have the option of signing up for the 1 month plan then upgrading to the yearly plan after if you want.

There is a 7 days money back guarantee on all of the plans so if you aren’t happy for any reason within 7 days of signing up, you can request a cancellation and you will get a full refund.

FREE IPVanish Software
The VPN IPVanish software is free and it’s available in your account’s control panel. Here are some noteworthy features:

  • List of servers when online/offline status
  • Automatically reconnect if disconnected
  • Able to connect when Windows start
  • Can automatically connect to IPVanish once the software starts
  • Lets you know your response time for each server

I really like the Auto-Reconnect feature as it will reconnect if you disconnect from the servers. The only downfall is that your real IP will be shown for a few seconds while it reconnects itself to the IPVanish servers.

IPVanish GUI

It’s a basic VPN software which lets you connect to IPVanish VPN servers with a few noteworthy features. You do not need to use this software to connect to their servers as this software is only optional. IPVanish provides detailed directions for other methods to connect to their servers as well.

Compatible Devices

  • Windows
  • MAC OS X
  • UBuntu
  • iPhone, iPad, Android
  • DD-WRT compatible routers
  • Any devices that lets you use PPTP and L2TP

IPVanish Speed Test

Speed is important when choosing a VPN service provider and IPVanish doesn’t disappoint. Here’s a result from my speed test using IPVanish.

That’s my max download/upload speed for my ISP which is great. You won’t even notice that you are behind a VPN connection. This means watching videos on sites such as YouTube will be quick.

Bandwidth is not capped and you are allowed unlimited VPN traffic which means you can keep the VPN connection on 24/7 if you wanted to.

How Many Computers Can You Use IPVanish On?

You are allowed to installed and use IPVanish on an unlimited number of computers and devices, but you are only allowed to have two devices connected to IPVanish at the same time. Also, you are only allowed to connect to 1 OpenVPN and 1 other connection (L2TP or PPTP) at the same time. This means you cannot have 2 OpenVPN connections connected to IPVanish at a time.

For example, your computer can be connect to IPVanish using OpenVPN while your mobile phone is connected to either L2TP or PPTP.

Type Of IP Addresses

IPVanish offers dynamic IP addresses which means you will get a new IP address every time you connect to their servers. This offers you the best anonymity because your traffic will be spread throughout their 3500+ IP addresses instead of being associated with just one IP address.

Since you are sharing IP addresses with other IPVanish users, your traffic will merge with their traffic making it impossible to find out which traffic belongs to which user.

Data Encryption

You do not have to worry about your ISP or even hackers spying on you as IPVanish provides 256-bit encryption for OpenVPN and 128-bit encryption for PPTP and L2TP.

Logging Policy

IPVanish only logs when you connect and disconnect from their VPN servers. They do not log what websites you visit, what you download or who you chat to. Some type of logging is require for all VPN service providers to stay in business so I wouldn’t worry about it.

Money Back Guarantee

IPVanish offers a 7 day money back guarantee for all of their VPN plans.

IPVanish Support

Support by email is 24/7 while live support chat is available M-F during business hours. IPVanish also offers support by forum.

Final Thoughts

IPVanish does a great job as a VPN service provider even though they just started this year. The speed, price and reliability is outstanding. The price is great for the service they provide and it’s a lot better than using free proxies and definitely better than the majority of VPN providers on the market. I honestly can’t find anything I hate about them especially for the price and speed.

 

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imagesMore than a year ago TorrentFreak took a look at a selection of the web’s VPN providers to see which ones really take privacy seriously.

During the months that followed we received dozens of emails begging us to carry out an update and today here it is.

The first installment in our list of VPN providers that due to their setup cannot link user activity to external IP addresses and activities.

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caught-with-his-pants-downWhen using a *free VPN service such as Hotspot Shield, CyberGhost or Security Kiss always double check that your IP address is actually hidden.

Many free VPN’s offer a link to ‘test your protection’ after installation taking you to websites which tell you that you have a new IP, location etc but on further testing it is sometimes the case that your IP has not changed on certain IP locator sites such as whatismyip.com even if the VPN has told you that you have a different location, as a precaution follow the instructions below.

Install and run your free VPN, go to whatismyip.com and copy your ip address from there then go to iplocation.net and enter the copied ip address from whatismyip.com and it will give you the location of that IP address. If you are satisfied that the IP address does not belong to your ISP, fine, if not hang fire, try another free VPN and run the test again.

After many tests on ip locator sites one of the most accurate when using free VPN’s seems to be whatismyip.com.

*Free VPN providers should not be trusted outright where a client’s anonymity is concerned. See this article on multi-VPN security also  Which VPN Providers Really Take Anonymity Seriously? (TorrentFreak article)

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From null-byte

Big name individual hackers and hacker groups everywhere in the news are getting caught and thrown in jail. Everytime I see something like this happen, I won’t lie, I get a little sad. Then I wonder, how are these guys getting caught?

If a group like LulzSec, with all the fame and “1337-ness” can get caught, I think my hacker comrades are doing something wrong.

When members of LulzSec started getting captured, it was because proxy and VPN services complied to federal request and handed over the private information of its users. I think this is wrong for a number of reasons—foremost, people should be able to have their own privacy respected. Today’s Null Byte will be demonstrating one of the methods around this: Chaining VPNs.

A VPN allows you to connect to a remote network, and over all ports, encrypt and forward your traffic. This also changes your IP address. Chaining VPNs is a tricky task, though there is a simple and uncommon method I know of. Using multiple VPNs together has the huge perk of being completely anonymous.

How Does Chaining VPNs Work?

First, a person would connect to the VPN. Then, when connected to the first VPN, you chain to the second, and since a bunch of people share the same IP, the second VPN has no way of knowing who tunneled to it. An even better scenario is where you use an eastern VPN as your first, because our country has no jurisdiction to retrieve the logs from them, thus increasing your security.

However, to chain VPNs, the second VPN would need to know how the first VPN’s traffic was encrypted. This flaw makes it impossible to chain them in this method, unless you own both VPNs (not very likely).

So, how can we chain VPNs then? I’ll show you how by using a virtual machine!

Requirements

Step 1 Install OpenVPN & a VirtualBox Computer

Text in bold is a terminal command.

First, we need to install the VPN client for Linux users. Windows users can download the program here and here, and run the installer normally. Mac users can use this GUI for OpenVPN for Mac.

  1. Change to the Downloads directory.
  2. Configure the installation.
    ./configure
  3. Compile and install.
    make && sudo make install
  4. Now we need to install VirtualBox. This will allow us to have a virtual operating systems running from within our computer. Download VirtualBox: Windows, Mac, Linux.
  5. Install a virtual machine of your choice for Windows or Linux and Mac, then install OpenVPN to it.

Step 2 Chain the VPNs

Start up your virtual machine, and configure them both.

  1. For Windows users using the default VPN client, use this guide to connect to a VPN. Linux and Mac users, go here.
  2. Connect to VPN A with your host OS.
  3. Start up your virtual machine of choice, and connect to VPN B with it.
  4. Operate from within your virtual machine, and you will be safe from prying eyes. If you need to delete the virtual machine, make sure you securely delete it, and your information will be safe.

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