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transmission blocklist guide

Transmission Blocklist

The Transmission torrent client has an option to set a Blocklist, which helps protect you from getting caught and having the DMCA send a letter/email.

It's as simple as downloading and installing the latest client:

After installing, navigate through the menu: Edit > Preferences > Privacy:

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  1. Check enable blocklist
  2. Paste in: https://github.com/Naunter/BT_BlockLists/raw/master/bt_blocklists.gz (peep the curls) (github)
  3. Check Enable automatic updates
  4. Click Update
  5. Close
@5p0ng3b0b
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5p0ng3b0b commented Nov 19, 2021

@fredngo. Commands and their options can vary from distro to distro. The script was written and tested in Windows Debian WSL, then uploaded to the openwrt device it was meant for. ls -l $(which sed) on the device showed a symlink to busybox thus requiring the full sed to be installed.

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pogue commented Dec 2, 2021

iblocklist.com now requires a paid subscription to use. You can use the emule block at https://www.emule-security.org/. It's updated monthly and you can point your BT client to http://upd.emule-security.org/ipfilter.zip (if it supports zip files) to there to download it directly. Inside the zip file is a file called guarding.p2p, so depending on your torrent client you may have to rename the extension to .dat, or .txt. There is also a regularly updated extension list at https://www.wael.name/other/best-blocklist/. He provides a version as a .dat, .txt, or .p2p. I don't know how often it's updated, but the last update was in October of this year.

However, you should really not be using blocklists as your main defense against malicious/anti-piracy forces on Bittorrent. Anti-P2P services like Sandvine monitor BT network traffic for file sharing and issue DMCA notices automatically. They buy up HUGE blocks of hundreds of thousands of IP addresses that are completely random, so there is no way an IP block list can keep up with services like this. Also, often your ISP will detect P2P traffic and try and throttle it or block it entirely (Comcast is a major offender). Enabling encryption can help block simple traffic shaping methods, but hardly anyone has it enabled (I always recommend you set encryption to "Allow Encryption", but don't require it, or you'll never find any peers. (I use qBitorrent and it has an option for disable, allow, or require).

There used to be a lot of tools that would allow you to see if your ISP was intercepting your traffic, but it looks like they've all shut down. There was one available from Measurement Labs that was called Glasnost that would do it (the source code is still available if you feel like building your own copy), and the EFF had a tool called Switzerland that would test as well, but alas it too has been discontinued - although you can still download and install it on a *nix machine.

You should really use a VPN. You can use WindScribe which offers 10GB free per month, but I just pay and it comes out to $4/mo if you pay for a year. It's also recommended by TorrentFreak as they do not log data and don't response to DMCA requests or law enforcement. Once you have a paid subscription you can use unlimited data on as many devices as you want. It even has a browser plugin so you can just connect to the VPN from within the that browser and they have servers all over the world. You don't have to switch to a European server to torrent, you can just use "Best location" and it will connect you to the closest server to you. I can have it running on my PC, my phone, and they even have an app for FireTV and Roku (not sure about AppleTV, GoogleTV, Chomecast,etc) so I can watch British Netflix right from my TV without any complicated setup. It comes with a fully built in customizable firewall.

They use AES-256 cipher with SHA512 auth and a 4096-bit RSA key with multiple ways to connect incase your ISP is picky including OpenVPN, IKEv2, WireGuard, SOCKS, UDP, TCP and a Stealth function if you're in some super restrictive country like China or something.

There are other services like a Seedbox, and here's another article from Torrent Freak Reviewing Seedbox Providers. I also came across a subscription service called ZbigZ which is a cloud based Torrent downloader and will connect to the Bittorrent Network, download your torrents for you, then you just download them off their website. I didn't really compare their pricing models or anything though, so I would say a VPN or Seedbox would be best for most users.

Finally, you could use the anonymous network like I2P to connect to Bittorrent (qBitorrent has this built in and it's called "anonymous mode") but you can set it up manually with instructions from here: https://geti2p.net/en/docs/applications/bittorrent. However, it's going to be EXTREMELY slow to download your torrents as there are not that many people actively using it. And please don't use TOR for Bittorrent, it just wastes TOR's network bandwidth that regular people use.

Hope that helps,
pogue

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climardo commented Jul 9, 2022

I have never had an issue using this list without registering:
http://list.iblocklist.com/?list=bt_level1&fileformat=p2p&archiveformat=gz

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