Friday, July 29, 2011

Protect Your Privacy On P2P With Peer Guardian 2

Do you love the fact that some organizations try to track your downloading behavior?  Well, I personally like my privacy, and I’m sure that most people around the Internet like their privacy as well.
There are several articles on MakeUseOf about increasing your browsing privacy like this one on Chrome, and this one on Firefox. Only the other day, Jeffry talked about a privacy app called JAP which can help you to maintain your privacy on the web. Privacy is VERY important.
Peer Guardian 2 is an IP blocker that will increase your privacy when you are downloading on any type of P2P network. Peer Guardian 2 is available for download on Windows, Linux and OS X. It is an extremely easy software to use that runs in the background of your OS and starts up with your computer.

How It Works

Peer Guardian 2 protects your privacy by blocking IPs while you are downloading from your favorite P2P network. It knows which IPs to block, because it comes with several IP lists of known IP offenders. These lists are updated just about every day in order to keep up with any new or changing IP addresses.
Peer Guardian 2 doesn’t get in the way of any of your other programs, as it lives in your tray or behind all of your other applications. It also doesn’t hog up all your resources while running in the background.

IP Lists

These lists aren’t just limited to anti-P2P IP addresses. You can also block ad, spyware, government and educational IPs. These all come from pre-built lists that are updated just about daily as IPs are changed.
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You can also create your own list. This list might come from other sources or from a buddy “in the know.” Either way, Peer Guardian makes it incredibly easy to add additional lists to your already robust IP list.
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Using Peer Guardian 2

The best thing about Peer Guardian 2 is that you don’t really have to interact with it except to check for updates. You can pop up your window and watch in real-time all the IPs getting blocked. There is a hard to describe feeling that comes over you watching IP after IP getting rejected from your computer. It makes me feel a little more in control.
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Peer Guardian 2 is an effective tool for increasing your privacy while downloading from P2P websites around the Internet. However, don’t think it is the perfect solution, as such a thing does not exist. It only does as it advertises. But the risks of using P2P networks are still there.
Can you recommend any similar P2P privacy tools?

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