Safepeer Plugin for Azureus

Following on the heels of our other distinguished Azureus plugin articles, I offer for here for your reading pleasure a guide on the SafePeer plugin for the Azureus BitTorrent client server. This plugin is similar to the Peer Guardian program in that it uses a regularly maintained and updated list of “malicious” IP addresses to block and thereby protect your PC from unwanted harassment. From simple spyware and adware to the prying eyes of the MPIAA, RIAA, and government entities, SafePeer gives your PC an extra degree of protection and therefore peace of mind that should be a welcome addition to your firewall and security settings.

Table of Contents

Installation

Configuration

Installation

From the “Plugins” tab at the top of the Azureus BitTorrent client server program, scroll down and select “Installation Wizard” from the available choices.

The installation will be “By list from sourceforge.net.” Make the selection accordingly and click the “next” tab.

From the Installable Plugin List, scroll down and check off the “SafePeer” plugin to download and install. Finish up by clicking on the “next” tab.

The installation type, unless you maintain an advanced PC user setup, will be to “Install the plugin(s) for all users.” Select the “finish” tab to start the installation.

In the Installer dialogue box, select the “Install” tab.

The plugin will then begin to download and install itself accordingly. “Close” the installer box window when it has completed downloading.

Configuration

Now it’s time to setup and configure the SafePeer plugin. In the “Plugins” tab, scroll down and select SafePeer.

This will bring up the SafePeer dashboard where we will setup and configure the plugin to make sure it will perform and function as we desire.

The first thing we want to do is ensure that the first to boxes are checked off. We both want to enable the plugin, which is obvious, as well as enable its very brain, the “Blocklist manager” The blocklist is exactly what its name implies. It is a list of IP addresses that it actually blocks from connecting to your computer. The Blocklist manger takes all the guesswork out of which IP addresses are to be blocked, using a main and secondary URL database of IP addresses.

The second thing we want to do is decide on an interval that it will periodically update the blocklist fro the plugin. The default interval is 6 hours, more than frequent enough to keep it up to date. In fact, one could even dial it down a tad to perhaps even 12 or 24 hours. To make an adjustment, note that the numbers are laid out as hours, minutes, and then seconds.

To finish and save the selections on this page, click the “Save” tab at the the bottom of the page.

Next, it’s time to configure the second SafePeer plugin tab, “Blocklist.” Click the tab at the top of the page to open it.

We are going to leave each of this settings as they are by default. The Blocklist URL is the main blocklist that Safe Peer uses as its list of IP addresses to prevent from connecting to your PC. If you know of another that you wish to use you may enter it here, but the one from BlueTack that is already entered is the one that you will want above all others.

Leave everything else as is, and finish the SafePeer plugin setup by selecting the “Save” tab at the bottom of the page.

In order for the changes and selections we made to take effect we must restart Azureus. As shown in the picture below. From the “File” tab, select “Restart Azureus” for the program to do just that. The plugin is now loaded, configured and quietly working its magic behind the scenes.

For the curious, take a look at the log of blocked IPs from time to time to see what addresses it has prevented from connecting to your computer. The “history” can be found in the location shown in the picture below on your PC.

The “history” will look as it does here. Notice the date, time, IP address, and name of the entity it blocked as shown below.

Well, that concludes the setup and configuration of the SafePeer plugin. For those who previously used PeerGuardian to perform this task of blocking IPs from connecting to your PC, this plugin allows you to use it instead and thus free up more memory to run Azureus itself.

NOTE: For those currently running the Azureus BitTorrent client server, a guide on the “Top Azureus Plugins” to use can be found here at Zeropaid.