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    Best OSX app for torrent privacy?
    I see they have BTguard online, coasting i think $5.95 a month. Is there any non-monthly torrent privacy programs for OSX worth checking out?
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    May I ask why? If you're downloading something illegal, stop. If it's legal, why do you need the privacy?
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    Vansmith's legal zeal aside, Transmission. Tick the box for "use encryption" and "ignore unencrypted peers" in the preferences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkestRitual View Post
    Vansmith's legal zeal aside, Transmission. Tick the box for "use encryption" and "ignore unencrypted peers" in the preferences.
    Legal zeal has nothing to do with it. This forum has very clear rules on illegal activity.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    Legal zeal has nothing to do with it. This forum has very clear rules on illegal activity.
    That is true, however it does not apply in this case. Illegal activities were never mentioned. A simple question was asked, a simple answer was given.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkestRitual View Post
    Illegal activities were never mentioned.
    Correct. I did not however accuse the poster of nefarious actions as I asked about both possibilities (it's either legal or it's not). I believe my questions were legitimate - if it's illegal, don't do it and then you won't have to worry about encrypting your traffic. If it's legal, why is there such a concern about encrypting your traffic?
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    Vansmith had/has a right to point that out since it is a forum rule and it's really good advice. I see people all the time with Windows systems have their system Destroyed playing with certain torrents. So to me it's good advice period.

    I agree the OP said nothing about piracy but Van's warning is a reminder just in case of the forum rules.

    You answered his question and it should have been left at that.

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    True, and my subtle jab wasn't meant to be taken really as anything more than a friendly poke before I answered the question. It's none of your business why he wants to use encryption. If the contents of your emails aren't private, why do you connect using SSL? If you're purchasing legal goods, what does it matter if you're using SSL.

    Encryption is a good thing. Tick both boxes, be smart about what you're torrenting.

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    I hope you don't think me being a jerk, but truly I use SSL because my ISP will not send or receive my email without SSL!

    I get your point about privacy though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkestRitual View Post
    True, and my subtle jab wasn't meant to be taken really as anything more than a friendly poke before I answered the question. It's none of your business why he wants to use encryption. If the contents of your emails aren't private, why do you connect using SSL? If you're purchasing legal goods, what does it matter if you're using SSL.

    Encryption is a good thing. Tick both boxes, be smart about what you're torrenting.
    It's all good.

    (I encrypt my emails because there is personal info in them but regardless, your emails are sitting on someone else's server . I use SSL for online purchases because I use my credit card.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    I hope you don't think me being a jerk, but truly I use SSL because my ISP will not send or receive my email without SSL!

    I get your point about privacy though.
    Bad analogy. There's lots of uses for email, like transacting sensitive data (PHI, identity info like SSNs, credit card data, etc...). Email is a communication medium and there's plenty of legitimate uses for encryption in that case.

    Torrents have many uses too, but more often than not, they're used for sharing files. In that case, I don't think it's unreasonable to ask why you're concerned about privacy if you're downloading something benign or legal. Especially if you're conscientious about your standing as the member of a forum.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Said file could have personal information. Said file(s) could give away something about yourself that you don't want other people finding out, like say, too much porn. Maybe you're just paranoid, and don't want people knowing who you are or what you're doing.

    Maybe it doesn't matter, because he didn't say, "hey guys, so I'm trying to download CS5, and I realllllly don't want to get caught... what's the best torrent program out there?"

    I didn't say it was unreasonable to ask. I just put that question aside and gave the answer that the question asked for.

    And yea van, we're still good, I wasn't trying to start anything. Cheers, mate!

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    I think that this thread has gotten a lot more "traction" then it probably needs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    I think that this thread has gotten a lot more "traction" then it probably needs!

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    Agreed. Long story, made short - no one should be criticized for asking for specifics before answering a dubious question. That's all I'm saying and I'm done at this point.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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