So you wish to unblock torrent sites and download some latest games, but a DMCA notice asking you to pay up a huge fine is the last thing you want! No one would want to be put behind the bars either! Hence, if you care about anonymity while uploading/downloading game torrents, you should ideally use an efficient and appropriate VPN service to do so.
There are couple of important ways in which a virtual private networks (VPNs) will protect you in such a scenario – by hiding your actual IP address and by encrypting the to/from traffic on your computer (to protect you from surveillance). However, not all VPN services are created equal. Let’s go over the things you should look for in an ideal VPN for torrent downloads/uploads.
Effective hiding of IP address
P2P file sharing is all about an arrangement wherein you’re involuntarily provided a list (in the form of IP addresses) of all the people who are doing the same – yours included. It’s very easy to trace your IP address in such an arrangement as your P2P/torrent client would expose your IP address to everyone else.
Anyone who’s uncomfortable exposing his/her online identity this way, should opt for a VPN service. And the selected VPN service must be effective at hiding the IP address. When you use a torrent client under the VPN service, it’s the VPN provider’s and not your IP address that gets exposed.
A VPN re-routes your Internet traffic through one of its servers, changing your actual IP address in the process. It thereby adds an anonymous layer on your online activities, making it difficult for anyone to track you on the internet.
If you use a VPN service for torrent download/uploads, your ISP or any entity responsible for monitoring illegal downloads, won’t be able to see any of your activity as all the traffic or data going from your system to the VPN’s server would be encrypted.
Copyright owners normally hire big companies to monitor all concerned torrents and record the IP addresses in the swarm. However, if you’re using a VPN, the IP address seen by these companies would be that of your VPN server (and not yours). They’ll not be able to see any of the content and the source of the download either. As everything would be encrypted, they’ll not be able to tell the destination of the traffic too.
Ensure you use a torrent/P2P VPN
Please keep in mind that not all VPN services are torrent-friendly. A good number of them don’t entertain torrent/P2P traffic because of the restrictions placed on them by the hosting service providers. Going with any such VPN may expose you to legal risks. So make sure that the VPN provider you go with, specifically allows torrent/P2P downloads/uploads.
VPN Kill switch
Many a times while you’ve put something on download, your VPN connection may drop in the middle, without any reason; this may expose your real IP address to everyone. This is the reason why it’s important to go for a VPN provider that has an internet kill switch. This switch ensures that all the internet traffic gets shut down in the event of VPN failure. This feature is extremely important for P2P/torrent downloads/uploads.