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Getting BTGuard to work

by tjeffries1948 / May 31, 2013 5:26 AM PDT

I installed BTGuard and paid for a year's membership a couple of months ago. Recently I checked using:


and BTGuard is not doing anything- my correct IP address is being reported. I've sent BTGuard a couple of support requests, have heard nothing from them.

Any suggestions? I am running the BTGuard Encription program before I go to ip-lookup.net, but it does not seem to do anything. Hope I didn't waste $60!

Thanks for your replies.

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I don't see the issue yet.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 1, 2013 4:41 AM PDT

You can't hide your true IP because how else would the internet know to send packets to your router and PC?

It's like painting over the numbers on your mailbox to hide and then expect mail to be delivered?

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Simple issue- avoiding copyright trolls
by tjeffries1948 / June 1, 2013 7:29 AM PDT

First, I do NOT download illegal files. However, that does not stop the people who are trying very hard to protect the moguls of the music and film industry from going after people who use the P2P networks. I do not want my IP address to show up when I use uTorrent.

Does that clarify? Supposedly BTGuard takes care of redirection in a way that works, but it is not working.

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I don't see how you can hide your IP either.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 1, 2013 7:38 AM PDT

Here's the problem as I see it. BTGuard is unable to convey to folk how it works. I can't do much better but we know that your IP has to stay as it is because without that, how else would the internet know where to send packets of information.

http://torrentfreak.com/make-bittorrent-transfers-anonymous-with-btguard-100419/ tells us nothing that would lead us to think the IP would change. Only that the traffic is through some proxy and then on to you.

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Here are the instructions from BTGuard
by tjeffries1948 / June 1, 2013 12:20 PM PDT

If you go to:

https://btguard.com/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/20/2/how-can-i-test-if-btguard-vpn-is-working you will see:

How can I test if BTGuard VPN is working?

Please follow these steps to confirm BTGuard is setup correctly.

1. Visit http://www.ip-lookup.net
Instead of your IP, you should get 63.142.161.xxx or 95.211.xxx.xxx or 85.17.28.xxx or 109.201.133.xxx or

I see that there have been 113 people who have given that page a bad rating, so I'm probably not the only one having this problem. Since the goal of BTGuard is to anonymize the transfers, it may be that the answer they give on that page is completely wrong. Maybe it's working, I just wish I knew for sure.

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Got it!
by tjeffries1948 / June 1, 2013 12:41 PM PDT
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