[Novalug] How safe is bittorrent?
karhunhammas at Lserv.com
Wed Feb 7 10:09:55 EST 2007
I finally found a way to use that I could handle, thanks
to a discovery on a list, plus invaluable help from my local ISP.
I'm very impressed.
But I'm also somewhat dubious for two reasons. The first
way I tried (unsuccessfully, despite the ISP) was with Opera 9.10
-- and I noticed that it asked "Do you really want to do this?"
That's not exactly reassuring. And sure enough, what my ISP did
for me was to spell out exactly how to make holes in my hardware
firewall (the one on the router, which comes from them).
Btw, I also tried "gtorrentviewer %f" as well as azureus
and bittorrent. What worked was aria2. With FC6, you simply
command "yum install aria2" (as root of course) and then, again
as root, command "aria2c <URL>" (note the c!), where the URL is
that of the page on which you would click to start a bittorrent
download. It found the open ports, even though its own name
wasn't on any, and did it all; all I had to do was burn media.
SO, to get back to my question, worry, or whatever : am
I, as an eternal and inherent subtechnoid, taking a lot of risk
Should I maybe tell the router to allow only my most
expendable machine to use bittorrent? Restrict it to certain
hours? Open those gaps only for a little longer than I'm using it
Beartooth Staffwright, Neo-Redneck Double Retiree,
Not Quite Clueless Linux Power User
I have precious (very precious) little idea where up is.
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