Using a VPN while torrenting is one of the simplest ways to conceal your IP address, and ensure your privacy. However, only a limited number of VPN Services allow you to use BitTorrent. If want to torrent files without being monitored, it is essential that the VPN you use does not track your online connections. The VPNs listed below welcome torrenting and do not log your online activities, thereby preserving your privacy. See my other tips for maintaining your privacy while torrenting in 2014.
Update: We now recommend VPN.AC as a European-based provider, they allow torrent from their Romania and Dutch servers.
Private Internet Access
Private Internet Access lives up to its name — they do not retain user logs of any kind. This service is highly regarded by privacy advocates. The company operates out of the United States with gigabit gateways in the U.S., Canada, UK, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
I’ve been testing their VPN service for about 9 months, and so far the service has been fast and reliable. I use it continuously now, and I haven’t noticed a lag when browsing the web, or downloading files.
Their VPN client has handy features like DNS leakage blocking and an “internet kill switch” (a feature that shuts off your internet connection if your VPN connection goes down). The client runs OpenVPN, which out recommended VPN protocol.
In regards to logging user activity, the company says:
We absolutely do not maintain any VPN logs of any kind. We utilize shared IP addresses rather than dynamic or static IPs, so it is not possible to match a user to an external IP. These are some of the many solutions we have implemented to enable the strongest levels of anonymity amongst VPN services. Further, we would like to encourage our users to use an anonymous e-mail and pay with Bitcoins to ensure even higher levels of anonymity should it be required. We will not share any information with third parties without a valid court order. With that said, it is impossible to match a user to any activity on our system since we utilize shared IPs and maintain absolutely no logs.
Link: Private Internet Access
IPVanish started operation in 2012, and is headquartered in the USA. They have already earned a good reputation for privacy and fast connection speeds. According to the company there are “no restrictions on any legal use of the VPN”, and P2P services such as BitTorrent are not filtered. The service costs $10 per month or $77 per year. IPVanish has 90 VPN servers located throughout 41 countries giving 2,500+ potential IP addresses. They run their own tier-1 network, and the company claims that they have the fastest VPN connection speeds. IPVanish supports OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP/IPSec protocols.
IPVanish offers a 7 Day Free Trial in the form of a money back guarantee. You will need a credit card to signup, but if you decide that you do not enjoy the service, email the IPVanish Support Team (available 24×7) and they’ll issue a refund.
The cost of the service is $10 per month, or $78 per year.