You Have Downloaded Tracks Your BitTorrent Use

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 what you've downloaded — and it makes all of that information public to anyone who types in your IP address.

If you visit the site, You Have Downloaded will look up your IP and display any torrents it has 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 it will have at least some record of you. The folks behind the site claim they are 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.

According to TorrentFreak, the 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 embrace torrenting through a VPN or proxy, or through another anonymising service that will keep their traffic private and secure. For more tips on keeping your downloading private, check out our guide to boosting your BitTorrent speed and privacy.

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]


Comments

    Try as you might, there’s no foolproof way to be absolutely sure that your BitTorrent downloads are private and hidden from prying eyes.

    The recently recommended BT Gaurd story encouraged me to sign up and now I use it as my proxy. Given it was recommended by,.... jesus... was it LH or Giz? anyway, it better be immune to this shit, or I'm gonna be really pissed off... :}

      Your 1st and 2nd paragraph really contradicting. What is your point anyway?

      If you're afraid to get caught, stop downloading bittorent then?

        Yeah, see that smiley at the end, that's generally a good indication of when someone is joking!

        The first paragraph is obviously a quote from the OP, the second tongue in cheek! so get over yourself mate!

    I found this site yesterday.. nothing on my IP but then I don't use BT.. some of the suggestions of files to see who else is downloading were pretty amusing though.. along the vein of "big butts porn" etc :)

    No records on me, and I torrent a *lot*.

      Most people have dynamic IP's so obvious this site won't work well at all. Just sensationalism by Alan.

    It's not very accurate since it's based on IP address which is dynamic for most home users.

    Join a private tracker.

      Hey moron, if you can join one, what makes you think that people monitoring can't or don't infact actively do the same thing?

        Because unlike your maturity it's proven. The site above lists torrents I have used from public trackers, but not the majority of my downloads that occur from private trackers.

          I had the same results as Kato, nothing I've downloaded from private trackers showed up

          This.

    Only one record for me. A movie. I don't download movies often. But I'm keeping up with quite a few US TV shows via bittorrent, and it didn't record those.

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