Enable IP Blocking when downloading torrents in Transmission
Transmission has a built-in IP blocklist for what are determined to be “bad peers” and it should be enabled if you use Transmission with any sort of regularity. The blocklist helps to insure a better experience with torrents and also helps to protect your privacy.
How to enable the IP Blocklist for downloading torrents in Transmission
- Launch Transmission
- Go to Transmission Preferences
- Click on ‘Peers’
- Check the box next to “Blocklist” and again check the box next to “Automatically update weekly”
- If the blocklist doesn’t automatically update, you should click on the “Update” button as well
What exactly connotes a bad peer remains open for interpretation, but generally people who are excessive leechers, those who intentionally seed corrupt or falsely represented files, and even some P2P monitoring services are considered ‘bad peers’ to most IP block lists.
Update: Apparently this applies to older versions of Transmission, recent updates of the application require an external IP block list to be added on its own.