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What Do People On Your Network See When You Torrent?

Discussion in 'Windows - P2P software' started by Jlee14, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Jlee14

    Jlee14 Member

    May 13, 2012
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    Hey Guys,
    Just curious what people see when you are torrenting on a large network. I.e. I currently live on a college campus. Personally I use Utorrent, and have a proxy configured. So if I were to download a large file, with encryption enabled, and the proxy set, what would IT see? I know it is difficult for the actual ISP to moniter anything but Im curious as to what people on your own network see.

    Humbly Yours,
  2. ps355528

    ps355528 Active member

    Aug 17, 2010
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    What would network admin see?.. well it depends how busy they are, how nosey they want to be, and what rules the etwork owners have set.. but for general noseyness... a stack of packets, with your ip in the header, encrypted, going both ways.. which would let them know that it was torrent/p2p traffic of some kind. Chances are a university/college network admin would play some games with you by blocking traffic on whatever port you care to use specific to your internal network ip (linux router firewalls can be very very fine grained indeed) and if it was me I would shove a packet sniffer on you and see what trackers you are browsing and which torrent files/magnet links you are accessing to find out what files you are looking for.

    Basically.. a network admin in control of the network hardware can see everything in and out no matter what you try to do to hide it.. Whether they bother to crack your encryption depends if they have the time/inclination/knowledge to do that. It's not necessary to crack encryption to work out what is p2p traffic from normal web browsing/ftp or whatever.

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