FICO

March 27, 2009 at 10:15 am (Random) (, )

PSA time.  It’s important to check your credit report and FICO score every so often.  Make sure things are copasetic and that there aren’t any errors that can hurt you down the road.  I like to check mine every year or so.

If you need to check yours, I recommend myfico.com.  Sign up for their free trial.  Just be sure to cancel within 30 days.  It’s easy to cancel, just go to this link: https://www.myfico.com/scorewatch/cancelsw.aspx

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Peer Guardian

February 6, 2009 at 9:19 am (Random) (, )

Ugh, I feel so limited posting from my laptop.  I guess my OC will be lacking for a couple days.  (original content, n00bs)

With that said, it’s time for a Public Service Announcement!
(I know for many of you this post is old old news.  But I think it’s important for those who don’t know.)

Do you use BitTorrent to download illegal files?  Shame on you!  You do realize anyone can record your IP for downloading the file?  The RIAA and MPAA used to attempt to sue individuals, typically targeting those who upload.  Well now they have a new plan.  Their latest scheme is to notify your ISP that your IP has been downloading illegal files.  Your ISP will then email you a warning.  Apparently, 3 warnings and you’re out.  After that, they want your ISP to drop your service.

Not as bad as getting sued, but still shitty.  And since it’s a lot easier for them to notify your ISP rather than taking someone to court, expect them to be heavily monitoring torrent downloads.

peerguardianSo what can you do about this?  Well if you insist on continuing to break the law by downloading illegal files, you might as well attempt to protect yourself.  The best free way to do this is to use Peer Guardian.

Once setup, PeerGuardian will block the IPs of any computer that is marked RIAA/MPAA/government… whatever you set.  The idea here is since you are blocking their IP they won’t be able to record yours.  I’m not saying this is total protection, but it’s definitely better than nothing.  Have this program running whenever you have a torrent client open.  One more note, when configuring the program, I suggest always allowing HTTP.

No glove, no love.  Protect yourself.

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