The Best VPN For Torrents 2014

The Best VPN For Torrents 2014

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.

Update: We now recommend VPN.AC as a European-based provider (Romania). The have P2P optimized servers in Netherlands, Sweden, France, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Romania.

Private Internet Access

http://www.greycoder.com/goto/pia2 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.

The service costs $6.95 per month. For payment they accept credit cards, Paypal, Bitcoin, and Liberty Reserve. For extra anonymity, consider paying with Bitcoin while on the Tor network.

Link: Private Internet Access

IPVanish

IPVanish Screenshot

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.

Link: IPVanish

Comments

    • GreyOne says

      Cloudnymous looks to be a reasonable VPN service. In regards to P2P they say:

      Question: Can I use P2P apps while using your VPN? Yes, but not on all servers. You can check which server allows P2P by selecting it on the map (using Cloudnymous Connect or our home page) and looking at the table on the right. Basically our servers located in US or UK do not allow P2P, most of the others allow it.

      However, they do log your connections start and end times and the traffic amount, which means they may respond to DMCA requests.

      • Lewis Chaney says

        Are DMCA requests valid outside US?
        I’m asking because it seems they don’t offer P2P on US servers exactly because of this reason.

        • GreyOne says

          I know DCMA is much harder to enforce when the material in question was downloaded from a server outside the US, I’m not sure of the exact laws.

  1. Anonymous says

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    with my ISP which is 65mbs.

    I contacted them FOUR TIMES for
    support, but they have NEVER
    RESPONDED. Instead, they closed
    the tickets and marked them as “resolved”.

    Then I contacted them again to CANCEL
    within 48 hours and I still have not heard
    from them. They marked that as resolved
    too, but I reopened it.

    I have a complaint filed with paypal
    against these bastards……

    You’ve been warned.

    STAY AWAY FROM BTGUARD!

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