nonhocapito wrote:Whenever I need to go around blocks and privately browse, I use TOR:
hoi.polloi wrote:We try to prevent people from using suspicious mail sites like mailinator or hushmail whenever possible. This isn't to expose people but to push perps to venture out a little into the public sphere, even if that is a pathetic request on our part.
regex wrote:That's how I do it:
Just think of a sentence that comes to your mind. Heres an easy one:
I go to the church 2 times a week.
Now take the first letter of each word and build your password -> Igttc2taw
simonshack wrote:Ain't that bloody hilarious ?
regex wrote:hoi.polloi wrote:We try to prevent people from using suspicious mail sites like mailinator or hushmail whenever possible. This isn't to expose people but to push perps to venture out a little into the public sphere, even if that is a pathetic request on our part.
Didn't know that.
From my point of view it's the best option to use these services as long as you don't want to host your own mailserver.
nonhocapito wrote:simonshack wrote:Ain't that bloody hilarious ?
Just to clarify, what peerguardian (now "peerblock", available here) does, is mostly to set out against organizations that monitor P2P activity in order to crack down on piracy.
It is not as if these organization are attempting to access your PC, I think, as much as they are active on any network in the effort to find out who's leaking/sharing new movies, TV shows and such.
Through Peerblock I got the same weird entries on my PC as you Simon. 90% of them are media corporations, telecom companies etc etc. I think Peerblock is really meant to have a file-sharing experience without worrying about RIAA-affiliated organizations monitoring what you do. It is not set to "protect" your PC against anything, because its criteria are given through immense lists of IP numbers it checks against. So if an IP number isn't in the list, Peerblock is completely useless.
My guess is that "Agents" who actually try to access a foreign PC, would hide behind anonymous networks whose IP numbers are not known to the volunteers who compile the Peerblock lists.
If you want to block access to your PC you just gotta have a firewall, like regex said. That, provided Windows or MacOS systems don't have backdoors built-in inside them to help agencies do their investigations, which I think is very possible, and I believe was in fact documented (here the story on wicky) in the past for Windows 2000, after its code was leaked over the internet a while back.
hoi.polloi wrote:has there been any movement to create a software that traces every single IP that connects to it - its location, etc.? So that when you look at the IPs you can just see an address, city, country location instead of a string of numbers?
RoyBean wrote:Wow - only two? Hmm. Well I started using some caution after registering on a couple of 9/11 forums and soon after having some strange shit happen to my accounts and my MAC, but I didn’t immediately make the connection... I’m wondering if it’s possible that there’s some kind of IP limit thing enabled here that ensures multiple votes aren’t registered from the same IP – totally ignoring user name?
nonhocapito wrote:I don't know about the polls (honestly I think they are kind of premature at this stage since there is not enough of us browsing this forum), but, can I ask you something? (To you and others, too, like Hoi, that are sensitive to the same issue.)
Why, do you think, you should use a proxy to access a forum like this one? What do you think can happen here? We are researchers and commentators, we are not criminals or conspirators. We provide a service, if anything, and some of us have provided much more (I'd say a contribute to History, and I'm not even exaggerating.)
But really, what is the point to hide behind a proxy? Nothing illegal goes on. Besides, suppose you have people monitoring these threads looking for who-knows-what. Wouldn't a proxy make them even more curious about who you are?
Also: suppose you are one of the bad guys and you want to lure all the people that are "suspicious", all those that have "something to hide", or "forbidden ideas" to expose: what would you do? You create a "safe" network where people can "hide", so that now you have a list of relevant names served to you on a silver plate!
I remember Alex Jones years ago advising everyone to "use an anonymization service". That should ring some bell, no? I think it is a Maoist-Fascist-something dictatorship strategy to apparently allow for some "secret" way for criticism, only to gather names of people to put in jails later! Granted we are not even there, we are not under Mao. Regardless, I think we can exercise our right to speech with some style... let the bad guys and their "hackers" play with "secrets"...
regex wrote:  I don't think that anyone is scared of you admins. It's just, I wanna be safe when I surf and I enter every website using a proxy. (...)
 And I'm telling you what: I seriously have something to hide. It's nothing that is illegal, nothing that would harm anyone in any way. It's just my personality, the private things in life that I just want to share with people that I am around with.
 I'm not really into the Alex Jones bashing. I don't know who he is or who he is working for. I don't now if he believes the stories that he is telling us. Maybe, maybe not. I just know that he's probably earning a hand full of cash by making his theories.
 Just remember that if you use some kind of anonymization service, make sure it is open source. Best option would be to compile the source code by yourself. There's really no thing to worry about then.
1) it wasn't necessarily about the admins, maybe one thinks that others can have access to the server and can monitor who's browsing without the admins knowing. I guess asking "why do you use a proxy" was a way to ask: "why do you think a proxy should protect you?" Which brings me to
2) I totally agree that we have to defend ourselves from profiling and companies that profit from our habits, but this has nothing to do with proxies and anonymization. You just have to, you know, control the "cookies", control the way you browse, that sort of thing.
It is like the "fidelity cards" that mall chains want you to use, so that they can monitor what you buy. You don't have to cover your face to prevent that! Just don't use the fidelity card, try to pay with cash, and there you go. They are not monitoring what you buy you anymore.
3) Alex Jones like many others is set out there like the Piper of Hamelin to bring well meaning people from rational good questions and research to absurd realities where they can get lost forever like in a labyrinth. Also, he forbids and censors 100% any mention of Fakery, no planes, no victims and so forth. Why total censorship? I guess that's your clue, no? But the stories about him are many, including his ties to zionists or other entities. I'm sure others will pick up on this...
4) Well yes and no, Open source is OK (this forum is built on an Open Source code), but you gotta understand every bit of it (and it's tedious), and more importantly, you should also be 100% sure that the server you are running it from is safe. And, I'm sorry, about that: you just. cannot. be sure.
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