When it comes to Torrenting, you better go for a secure connection. A VPN provider can help you with that, and we will tell you which provider is best for your needs.
Anonymous Torrenting: A How-to Guide
Online protection is tricky. If you use Windows, you likely have a “DNS Leak”, a known flaw that can lead to your true IP address (the physical location of your computer) being exposed. “DNS” stands for “Domain Name Server”, a directory that connects website names with actual IP addresses. The theory is that your computer uses the Virtual Private Network’s (VPN’s) DNS servers. However, under certain circumstances, your computer could revert back to your ISP’s DNS leaving you fully exposed – this is a “DNS Leak”.
If you’re already hooked up with a VPN (such as TorGuard or Private Internet Access) that’s got built-in DNS leak protection, no problem. Otherwise, either change VPN or add a third-party DNS service that’s not connected to your ISP. Comodo provides secure DNS servers for free. To test for leaks, connect to your VPN and visit www.dnsleaktest.com . The site will quickly check for DNS leaks and provide tools to fix them.
Online Protection for the Paranoid ones of us:
Many people can stop right here and resume their online lives. Real paranoics, however, will want to run any peer-to-peer traffic through an encrypted proxy service and then route /that/ through a secure VPN, thus creating multiple redundancy rendering internet usage and ID virtually undetectable.
Sounds “Star Trek” complicated but it’s “Pokémon” easy: connect to your VPN; sign up for an anonymous proxy service; then either follow the instructions for proxy setups in your torrent client or download a preconfigured client.
To download torrents anonymously, connect to your VPN and fire up your configured torrent client, which will route traffic first through the proxy and then through the VPN. Anyone tracing the source will have to fight through two levels of protection with no connection logs to link your visible IP address to your actual location.
Canadian “Btguard“, the go-to for torrent proxy services ($6.95USD/mo, $60USD/yr), guarantees zero logging. Setup is dead easy via pre-configured uTorrent client or it can be set up with any proxy-enabled application.
Torguard’s torrent proxy ($5.95USD/mo or $48USD/yr) can be added onto their anonymous VPN (200+ servers, eighteen countries). There’s no pre-configured uTorrent but it’s an easy setup.
If you are really concerned about privacy and anonymity – you should read this article from Torrentfreak.
There’s nothing illegal about BitTorrent itself – it’s perfectly legitimate software -but the sad reality is that the right to privacy is often abused. This damages not only BitTorrent’s reputation but causes economic hardship for the creators of copyrighted material – they worked hard to produce something that would be enjoyed and they deserve compensation. Please respect copyrights!
Also if you use Popcorn Time – which is essentially sharing its movies by the bittorrent protocol – you should protect yourself with a VPN from legal problems – just becuase you wanted to enjoy a movie with Popcorntime. The legal risk is not worth it – either buy the movie you want to see or use a cheap Popcorntime VPN.