This is a Portfolioso endorsed advertisement for an awesome program that no one should be without.
PeerGuardian 2 is Phoenixlabs’ premier IP blocker for Windows. PeerGuardian 2 integrates support for multiple lists, list editing, automatic updates, and blocking all of IPv4 (TCP, UDP, ICMP, etc), making it the safest and easiest way to protect your privacy while using P2P applications. What does this mean in English? It just blocks IP addresses from bad ranges. The default IP list that comes with the program is a P2P (peer to peer) list.
So why block P2P? If you download music or other files on the internet, there are a lot of servers with fake data on them. Sometimes you’ll get scrambled music files. As for the bittorrent community, the RIAA and MPAA are hiring tracing companies such as MediaSentry to collect IP addresses so legal action can be taken against those who download illegally.
Note: I am not endorsing the use of P2P for illegal purposes. It is wrong to break copyright laws. I’m just informing why people should use this program. There are a lot of legitimate torrents (such as videos licensed under Creative Commons, for instance, Revision3) and the bad servers can mess around with these legitimate, legal torrents – so it’s good to stay protected. Even if you are downloading legal content, your IP can be confused by tracing companies like Mediasentry (since the other people you’re downloading from may also share illegal stuff, you connect to those peers to download the legal content. If the peer you’re connected to gets traced, you may be pointed the blame even if you are 100% innocent).
If you don’t download illegal stuff to begin with, you will never get caught – keep that in mind. PeerGuardian helps, but nothing is perfect and EVERYTHING you do on the internet is traceable.
Download it here: http://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/