30 June, 2008

Usenet as an alternative to Bittorrent - Virgin spying on customers - Privacy

I hate the idea that ISPs (those providers of internet) are being bullied into spying on what we are doing, first by the likes of the MPAA (etc.) and now by the bigger kids in the playground like the French Government (who are bowing to the posh kids with all the money) and it won't be long until other governments decide to go the same way...It's wrong to tar everyone with the 'evil' brush...

If that wasn't bad enough, some ISP's are spotting a way of saving money off the back of this and quietly sorting/throttling popular packet types (like bittorrent for example) and dumping it to narrower bandwidth...I object to both of these practices - frankly it's no-one's business what I'm doing with my pipe on my own time...and if I want to transfer stuff around the place using torrents, why should I get a slower transfer speed than someone moving data with FTP or HTTP? It's definitely unreasonable and it's obvious why - it's so they don't have to bite the bullet and upgrade their networks to cope with increasing demand for fast broadband (remember all the wailing and crying from the ISPs when BBC iPlayer rolled out)?

So...especially if you are using Virgin for your internet access (as they have already publicly admitted they are now going to voluntarilly spy on what their clients are doing with their pipes, which is frankly shocking), rather than search for an ISP (with backbone/morals) quite yet, IMHO it's time to go underground...

For web access, unless it's other SSL stuff (like internet banking) or just reading the likes of the BBC website, I recommend Torpark (which is a Tor-network enabled Firefox browser), use gmail over that for email accces (a bit slower, but free, anonymous and encrypted)...if you have some cash to spend, use Xerobank for the same thing (it's fast)...

If you need to move big chunks of data around - ditch the torrents (where all the attention is at the moment) and go old skool ...Welcome (back) to Usenet (some parts of which actually pre-date the internet, believe it or not) -

Two articles you will need to read to get you up and running (looks like "Wired" has similar feelings to me) -

How to share files on Usenet

What are NZB files?

- one you might need -

How to bypass blocked usenet

- that will get you 95% free from attention (for now) and cost you nothing...however, personally, I'm going to go "the full tamale" and employ SSL (i.e. - Packet gets encrypted at your end, goes through your ISP, can't be packet sniffed and therefore can't be deliberately slowed down or stopped by your ISP or pawed through and licked by the French Government...it gets safely decrypted at the other end and visa-versa...and then *everything* you do is just a big stream of anonymous, classless gibberish to the prying eyes that lurk in the underpipes (to which all they can do is shrug and shuffle on to the next victim)...thus leaving your ISP (in your case at least) to do exactly what they should be doing - providing fast, reliable internet access and not to be lackies for the money-grabbing lawyers of the music industry in the far-off US of A...

7 comments:

Ys said...

are they doing it stop the piracy of songs/films on the 'net? if that's the objective then I really don't mind them knowing what i'm doing online cos i don't agree with stealing music/film/books, etc. etc. and if that's the way they want to go about stopping it then i don't really mind.

if they're just randomly observing my online actions ... well i can't imagine i do anything exciting enough to warrant a second look lol!

¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

There will be an element of that, but really it's just anything that's excessively popular (for example iplayer)...and you might be okay, but there are a lot of people who would be annoyed at being spied on, me included... ;)

jwhit47 said...

I've never been able to get those torrent downloading programs to work in a fast manor for me. I would like to, but have been unsuccessful. Hey, Fink. I posted a blog about some of the Hi-Def camcorders that are pretty popular where I work, kinda like you suggested. Thanks a lot for the assistance. Take care.

Tom Hopwood said...

Damn, haven't used Usenet for Eons, not a bad idea. How do you intend to go about the 'Full Tamale' with SSL?

¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

I was thinking about using these guys...unlimited super fast SSL for £12.18 a month... ;)

¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

Really good article in support of this topic here...

¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

Let's just make this clear, this is nothing to do with piracy, and everything to do with personal privacy and individual freedom...