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Yikes. YouHaveDownloaded.com Has Been Watching Your Torrenting And Shows What You’ve Downloaded. Check Your IP Out Now.

12 Dec

This Web Site’s Been Watching Your BitTorrent Habits and Can Show What You’ve Been Downloading

Try as you might, there’s no foolproof way to be absolutely sure that your BitTorrent downloads are private and hidden from prying eyes. To prove it, one web site is posting your downloading habits out and in the open for all to see, and so we all understand how easy it can be to pin specific torrents to individual IP addresses. You Have Downloaded is a new site that claims to know what files you’ve been torrenting—and it makes all of that information public to anyone who searches for it.

If you visit the site yourself, You Have Downloaded will look up your IP and display any torrents it’s managed to scrape that are associated with you. If you change your IP regularly or have a dynamic IP, it may not have anything on you—or at least nothing recent—but if you’ve had the same IP for a while and do a lot of downloading, it’s possible they have at least some record of you. The folks behind the site claim they’re watching 20% of all public tracker downloads and they’re expanding to keep track of more, which means if you’re not on the site now, you may be soon.

You Have Downloaded site currently has a database of over 51 million users, over 100,000 torrents, a million files, and it’s still growing. The folks behind the site want their project to be a wake up call to encourage downloaders to secure their activities by torrenting through a VPN or proxy, or through other methods that will keep their traffic private.

For what it’s worth, You Have Downloaded’s own privacy policy points out that you shouldn’t take them too seriously – they have a message to send, but they’re not doing anything nefarious with the data except making it public. Still, if you BitTorrent, you should consider making your downloads as private as possible. For tips on how to lock down your torrents, check out our guide to boosting your BitTorrent speed and privacy, and our guide to protecting your privacy while downloading.

Head over and check out You Have Downloaded, and then let us know if the site has any data on you in the comments below.

You Have Downloaded | via TorrentFreak


This Web Site’s Been Watching Your BitTorrent Habits and Can Show What You’ve Been Downloading.


How to Break Into a Mac (or Reset Your Forgotten Password) And Prevent It from Happening to You

28 Oct

Method One: Use the Mac OS X Installer CD

Method Two: Boot into Single-User Mode

If you don’t have an installer CD handy, you just need to do a bit of fancy command-line footwork to achieve the same end as the CD method. Boot up the computer, holding Command+S as you hear the startup chime. The Mac will boot into single user mode, giving you a command prompt after loading everything up. Type the following commands, hitting Enter after each one and waiting for the prompt to come up again before running the next one:

/sbin/fsck -fy
/sbin/mount -uw /
launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServices.plist
dscl . -passwd /Users/whitsongordon lifehacker

How to Protect Your Mac from Being Broken Into

Both of these methods are easy to pull off, but if your victim has encrypted their hard drive, you won’t be able to see or reset the password. So, to protect yourself, it’s a good idea to turn on FileVault under System Preferences > Security.

However, for even more protection, you can set up a firmware password on your machine. Just boot up from the OS X Installer CD and go to Utilities > Firmware Password Utility and set a firmware password. This prevents other folks from being able to boot up your computer from another hard disk, CD, or even in single user mode. Someone with bad intentions could still bypass it, but it would require quite a bit of alone time with your hardware. So, for best results, you’ll probably want to have both layers of protection: encrypt your drive with FileVault and set up a firmware password using the installer CD.

How to Break Into a Mac And Prevent It from Happening to You.

Mac Users BEWARE! A new Trojan horse virus ported from Linux is on the loose today! Protect yourselves!

27 Oct

Software security company ESET reports that hackers have successfully ported older Linux-targeting malware to Mac OS X. OSX/Tsnunami.A is a new variant of Linux/Tsunami, a malicious piece of software that commandeers your computer and uses its network connection to attack other websites

Even worse, ESET says that Tsunami can force your computer to download additional malware or other software. The company also says that its antivirus software, ESET Cybersecurity for Mac, can detect and remove the malware.

via New Trojan horse uses your Mac to attack websites | Macworld.

Kaspersky PURE Total Security FREE with Rebate #teechy

18 Oct

Kaspersky PURE Total Security Newegg Previously $50.00, now free with rebate.

Kaspersky PURE Total Security allows you to centrally manage all PCs in your home remotely with parental controls, security scans and updates, scheduled backups of your familys data, and more. Includes a 3 user license. Get it for $50 and be sure to mail off your rebate to get it free.via LogicBuy

via Daily App Deals: Kaspersky PURE Total Security Free with Rebate.

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