ISP help

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by luigiboy, May 9, 2004.

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  1. luigiboy

    luigiboy Guest

    Hello guys, I just joined the site and what I can see here is very helpfull info.Well here is my question: Wich is the best way to keep your ISP out for tracking what are you viewing or downloading from the internet? I've got a letter from my cable provider saying that they found certain files I dowload from kazza that they think are piracy (you know music and some software) and also they said they're tracking all subscribers for downloading any kind of porn or copyrights and the next time I'll do that they will cancell my account and they will send my info to the owners of this copyrights, I don't know if this is legal or not but only thing I want is keep'em off my back. PS. I've used firewalls and they can still get in my files. Any info will be app. PSS. Be aware of this ISP. (Adelphia). Congrats to all mods here. Good info. Thanks :oops:
     
  2. luigi

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    I'm sorry I didn't login before I post. :'(
     
  3. SnowGuy

    SnowGuy Guest

    WHAT!!!!


    Luigi.....plain and simple.....GET ANOTHER ISP!!!!!!!!!


    Terms of Service is one thing....BLACKMAIL quite another....
     
  4. luigi

    luigi Registered Member

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    That's a good idea but they're the only cable provider in my area and my phone company doesn't carry dsl, damn I don't like dial up. Thanks anyway. any other ideas? some body told me about a router, any thoughts.
     
  5. SnowGuy

    SnowGuy Guest

    Luigi

    Hey, I use dial-up....an I afford any ISP....I went with dial-up because this isp offered better privacy....

    Its like this Luigi.....are you saying that you are willing to sell your privacy for a faster internet connection....seems that way......an then what...where does it end.........a person has to stand for something....somewhere in life each person has choices to make....only you can make those choices....

    Although there are ways of blocking such monitoring I wont be the person to discuss the subject.......if your ISP was doing this behind your back thats differant....but the ISP is upfront telling you that you are being monitored....you have a choice.....
    I'll bow out of this topic now since I can't offer you the solution you seek.
    Enjoyed meeting you....well wishes.

    aka:snowman
     
  6. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    If my ISP did that they would be gone ;)
     
  7. dog

    dog Guest

    and I thought ... spyware was bad :eek: talk about Big Brother and an evasion of privacy :mad:

    I go dial up if I were in your shoe's ;) ... and I'd rethink the KaZaa thing as it's become the breeding ground for todays most recent garbage ;) there are better alt. (a little safer anyway) ... I've never used P2P ... and never will ... for reasons other than that mention ... but I'll keep that opinion to myself ... as it wasn't part of the thread. ;)

    dog - *puppy*
     
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  8. Paranoid2000

    Paranoid2000 Registered Member

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    Luigi,

    When you use P2P software, files that you share are available to everyone including your ISP. Adelphia's behaviour appears truly obnoxious here (could you post a copy of their email?) since proactive monitoring of the content of users' Internet activity is a breach of privacy (and may be a breach of state laws) - what seems more likely is that a monitoring organisation (employed by the film or recording industries) has found content that you are offering illegally and contacted them.

    There are 2 simple solutions here - either bin the content in question, or attempt to block "known" content monitors. If you choose the latter approach (be aware that this is not 100% effective since the blocking works by IP address, which can easily be changed by such organisations) then check out the Bluetack website and either use ProtoWall or (if you are using Outpost) the free Blockpost plugin (available from the Outpost forum when it is back up) with an appropriate blocklist.

    The difficulty is that an ISP can (if they choose) see all network traffic coming to or from your system so encrypting everything is the only way to hide your activity from them. For P2P, the only truly anonymous network is Freenet where all traffic and content is encrypted and routed through multiple relays. However finding things does take much longer as a result.

    For web access, consider using JAP. This is a Java application (so you will need Sun's Java Runtime Environment - the site has more info) which runs as a local proxy. You configure your browser to use this proxy which then encrypts all your traffic and sends it to a "mix" server (the default is one in Dresden, but others are available) which then decrypts it and sends it to the website in question. Responses come back to the mix server which encrypts them before returning them to you.

    It is easy to use (I use it all the time *looks over shoulder*) but can run slow at peak times (hint: you can check mix performance via the Config option and change to the best one) and does introduce extra complexity to your setup (i.e. JAP can go down - it is a research project so is not guaranteed 24/7). Also it was backdoored due to a court order some months ago (see my previous post for details). However since the client software is open source, such attempts can be found out which makes JAP far more secure (in my view) than any closed, commercial offering.
     
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