In case any of this shit passes and this information becomes illegal, I will tell you how you can make yourself relatively immune to these draconian bills.
Information on these bills here and here
- DNS Blocking Circumvention
- Sample IP List
Option 1 - TOR PROJECT
TOR is a "anonymity" network that you use to surf the internet anonymously. It works by encrypting your information and sending to other TOR users, which then gets sent again to other TOR users over and over until your information reaches the site you want.
Think of these TOR users as layers of an onion. Get it?
However there are some limitations. While the traffic is encrypted and cant be analyzed on the way to the "EXIT" or "END" node (last TOR user before your destination site) it cant be analyzed if that exit node is someone with ill intentions, or anyone monitoring that gap between that person and the site your trying to get to. For safety reasons, dont log in to sites or do your banking etc.
Also because of the methods used, its not recommended to use with bit torrent (high frowned upon) or for websites like YouTube.
Best to use it when you want to remain hidden for small amounts of time.
Another nifty thing about TOR is you can access TOR "hidden services" I wont explain how to do it, but there are guides out there on how. The main reason I wont is because a lot of the hidden services are things you dont want to mess with or look at. Just dont do it unless you know what your doing already.
Option 2 - PEERBLOCK
What is PEERBLOCK?
A software that blocks your computer from accessing known "bad computers" via IP addresses and vise versa. Depending on how you have it set up, you can block anywhere from governments, corporations, machines flagged for anti-p2p activities, campus network police etc.
You can get more block lists form http://www.iblocklist.com/
Can it protect you from being caught downloading content via bit torrent?
Some say yes, some say no. Some say this is almost 100% for anything, some say this is absolute false and will not protect you with p2p or anything. But it doesnt hurt to have some precautions. Even with this you may still connect to a bad IP what just isnt known yet.
Best way to not get caught downloading is to just not do it.
You can toggle PEERBLOCK on or off whenever you want.
Option 3 - VPN
A VPN is a "Virtual Private Network" It is a service you can find for free or paid that will encrypt and route your information (like TOR) to a selected servers in several countries, and then forward it to your destination site.
Same concept except a little more secure. What ever company you go with, may or may not store you info or log, or give it up to any requesting government. Some may let you use it for bit torrent, some may not. It all depends on the company and where they host their servers and their policy.
You can read this and see what VPN's people use and who is secure or more likely to release your info to governments etc. Remember to read the comments, lots of good info in them.
Of all the options, VPN's are your best bet.
OK NOW WHAT? WHAT IS THEY COME TO SEIZE MY COMPUTER!
Well, if your suspected of anything, and they do come for you for whatever reason, or during some worst case scenario shtf censorship law passes, use TRUECRYPT. Lock those fuckers out.
Give it a read, and check their site out. All info in the link.
OK, IM DOING ALL THE ABOVE, BUT THE GOVERNMENT TAKES DOWN ALL VPN'S TOR PEERBLOCK AND HAVE IMPLEMENTED CHINESE STYLE FIREWALL! WTF NOW??
Well, prepare for revolution? I dont know. I personally dont think they will go this far, or that they can fully eliminate TOR but you never know.
I also urge everyone to consider the following programs:
Also get familiar with "darknets" and how they work.
And in case you guys havent already done this, switch over to FireFox. And get theses addons:
- Adblock Plus
- Better Privacy
Fist is to block ads, second is to block "LSO's" aka super cookies (I have 1567 blocked and removed so far to date) and the third one is to block like YouTube videos and flash advertisements. It just has a play button over everything flash so you see what YOU want to see.
Also, Mozilla (makers of FireFox) is ANTI SOPA/PIPA yay
What if another bill or something comes in and does the SOPA DNS blocking?
For those who didnt know the SOPA bill was going to use DNS blocking to censor the web.
Basically DNS is when you type "google.com" a request is sent out to the DOMAIN NAME SYSTEM (dns) asking what the IP is for google. It does this because the computer doesnt know what "google.com" is. It needs to know the IP.
In DNS blocking, that request is blocked. It wont give you the IP for your computer to connect to. And the site wont come up.
However you can bypass this easily (silly SOPA people) Just know the IP of the site you want. In stead of tyoing google.com try typing in the address 220.127.116.11
To get the IP's of sites (must be done before DNS blocking) either look them up online or do it yourself with the "CMD" aka COMMAND PROMPT
Go to the lower left of your screen where it says start or has the windows icon, click it, in run or in search (depending on your windows version) type "cmd" without quotations and hit enter.
Ignore how funky the black window looks when it pops up.
Imediatly type "ping" no quotations, hit space bar then type the website (google.com etc) and hit enter. Let it run and it will spit out the IP.
Note though some websites use DYNAMIC IP meaning the IP changes now and then. STATIC IP is when its always the same.
You can also edit your host file but I dont recommend it unless you know what your doing.
Here are some IP's to get started
# Social media
# Torrent sites
# Social networking
# Live Streaming Content
# File Sharing
Do everything at your own risk. I take no responsibility for anything. Research everything.
And for you other techy guys who might read this, please post any fixes and thoughts. Im sure I have mistakes, its 4:35am as I type *THIS* lol.