<background> So I've been getting into yahoo answers a bit, testing out different promotional stuff, mixing it in with legitimate, informative answers. I know enough to help people with a few things: psychological problems (3 years in uni is enough to do basic help), websites (built a few), and network manipulation (managing one as we speak, as well as reading more than a few unsavoury articles to educate myself about potential risks. Not much, but a bit more than most internet surfers) So when a few questions come up from university students about obscuring what they're downloading from torrent sites (using the school network) I feel comfortable throwing some information at them (change MAC, use a coffee shop / other relatively safe, open wifi that gets a fair amount of traffic.) </background> caution: harsh content. Children, hide your corruptible giblets. <rant> Everyone else says it's impossible. They clearly have no idea what they're talking about. One lady even suggested that using torrents would slow down traffic for everyone else on the university network (clog the tubes, so to speak), as if the uni network was run by 2 hicks with a router made of straw and potatoes. Another says that you can't use proxies because they're all (even private ones) "stuffed full of viruses and keyloggers" (direct fucking quote), and it's impossible to hide yourself anyway, since your IP is "tied to your computer" (has no idea what a MAC is) and if you so much as visit a torrent site, they'll know your room number and name, and immediately report you to the police. Like the network admins are in a control room, and a big red flashing light and a foghorn goes off when someone downloads porn. Seriously. I laugh hysterically. A little unhinged, actually. These people must be joking or something. So I post my helpful info. I even throw in a couple tips on proxy use, and musing on the possibility of tighter encryption to be absolutely sure those network admins are getting no info on what you're getting and from who. Check back today. Other guy: best choice. asker renounces ever even thinking of doing anything even approaching illegal in the states. Me: 11 downvotes lolwut? I'm a little shaken, so I email the other guy, asking him if, perhaps, he knows better than me how university networks operate. I mean, I've never run one, so the admins could be badasses working with the FBI or something to apprehend chronic masterbaters for downloading copywrite porn. Who knows. He emails me back promptly. I'm impressed at hearing back so soon, until I read the word-vomit that echoed forth from his spew-hole. He quotes the daily. fucking. mail. as his source of information. He thinks facebook and google 'steal all your information' as it passes through the internet, because he read an article about both of them being in trouble for privacy violation. The Daily Mail. Seriously. That is where you get your technical information on the operation of networks from. I am completely unhinged. Crying and laughing at the same time. This man is the kind of person that forwards spam chainmail, and clicks on popups because he just won the uk lottery that he never entered. Speaking with authority about a subject, giving someone advice that may affect whether or not they end up getting their pants sued off, and he has no. fucking. clue. </rant> <block quote email> Yes I'm afraid that [having all of your information logged] is a fact of life and the internet. If you don't believe me then just go to the Daily Mail on line and on the site search just look up what Google and FB are up to with your personal information and how they are abusing it. Read the times both of them have been hauled into court both in the US and the EU over Privacy issues. Look at the ho ha over Street View with Google harvesting usernames and passwords off of peoples wireless connections. Everything you write on the internet [private or not] will eventually turn up in some search engine. Just stick your name in a Google search and see what turns up. Anything about anybody can be dug up with little difficulty if you know where to search! Most Data Bases containing your personal details are open to the public view now. Anyone who believes their personal information is safe on the internet is as gullible as they come. They are the kind of people who would believe the earth was flat or black was white or the earth stood still and the sun revolved around us if you told them! As a passing point, look at all the online storage people use for their personal details. As I say to them, can you be absolutely 100% certain and without a single doubt in your mind, that it is not being read by someone else? I rest my case! </block quote email> <denouement> I'm just so fucking done with people right now. At one time I had qualms about spamming the shit out of people. I was pure whitehat and proud of it. But to be honest, a good portion of them probably wouldn't even notice shit content if it slapped them across the face with its cock. If they can't figure out what's legitimate and what's automated bs, fuck 'em. </denouement> If you made it this far, good job. Go eat a cookie. P.S. we should probably make a rants area or something for people when they're raging.