Anonymous VPN for Torrenting

Updated on January 24, 2021

If you are into file sharing, P2P, DDL or torrents, then you are exposed to the constant danger of also violating copyrights and being warned for it. The consequences can be expensive and unpleasant, therefor it’s worth taking precautions.

Anonymous Torrenting with VPN: A How-to Guide

Don’t worry. We got your back with our simple to follow How-To Guide on Anonymous Torrenting.

Avoid DNS Leaks

Online protection is tricky. If you’re use Windows, you likely have a “DNS Leak”. That’s a known flaw which 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) 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 that’s got built-in DNS leak protection and a Kill Switch, 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 complicated but in fact, it’s pretty 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.

If you are really concerned about privacy and anonymity – you should read this article from Torrentfreak.

Free Anonymous Torrenting & why that is a bad idea

Since torrenting is a way of receiving stuff online for free, you might want to secure your connection and idendity for free aswell. While this might be possible, we do not recommend it. When it comes to legal protection and avoiding unnecessary problems with copyright owners, you shouldn’t try to save some bucks for good. Services that are free are not guaranteed to be safe. Where there’s no money or other forms of payouts, there’s no motivation. Keep that in mind. Especially in the industry of online security.

Legal Risks of Bittorent use

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!