Do You Need A VPN For Bittorrent?
Why you need a vpn for Torrents
You are not anonymous:
If you use a public tracker such as The Pirate Bay, Kick-ass Torrents, etc, as more than 90% of bittorrent users do, your usage data and download activity is easily accessible by anyone with an internet connection and a bittorrent client. For most internet users, 100% of their internet activity can be traced quickly and easily back to their IP address. Your internet provider (Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, etc) keeps usage logs of your internet activity for years. in the meantime your ISP will track your usage, monitor your data, and likely throttle your bandwidth, giving you less speed than you've paid for.
There is a simple Solution for bittorrent privacy
The best, and easiest solution to the problem of internet privacy is the use of a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service designed to give the user security and anonymity. With prices as low as $6 a month, several of these VPN providers tailor solutions specifically for users of bittorrent and other p2p technologies. An anonymous VPN serves as a privacy buffer between you and your internet usage.
With a VPN, your internet connection is routed directly from your ISP to a secure, encrypted server. That server than assigns you a new IP address traceable only back to the VPN provider. This is the IP address that is used for all of your internet activity including browsing, email, and file sharing. All data then is routed back to you through an secure, encrypted data tunnel directly to your computer. Even your ISP will have no idea what you are doing online.
The best VPN providers for bittorrent users do not keep data logs or track internet usage. As a result, even if an individual or organization can trace bittorrent activity to your VPN IP address, there is not way to trace that IP back to a specific user (like you). Even better, many of the best Bittorrent VPN services let you change your IP address on instantly, as often as you wish, or even schedule it to change at set intervals for even greater privacy.
How much does it cost?
Anonymous VPN service is extremely affordable. Prices range generally from $6-$20 per month depending on the provider and range of services offered. To put it into perspective, a good VPN costs:
- 40% as much as the average Netflix subscription
- 8% as much as the average smartphone bill
- 4% as much as the average NYC cable bill