Using VPNs For Torrenting To Keep You Protected
Connectivity has become nothing short of ubiquitous and we are completely, totally and utterly reliant on it. However, the internet is still just a jungle, full of guerrilla hackers that will stop at nothing to get information out of everyday people like you and me. Besides these, there are totalitarian regimes and governments (including our own, as it now transpires) who want to make sure you can only access what they want you to see, and they want to keep tight tabs on what you are doing as well. This is why you should stay away from public networks and choose to use a VPN instead, particularly if you are interested in torrenting.
Public networks are nothing but cesspools for horrible things like Honeypot attacks, Wi-Fi spoofs and Firesheep, and then there is the NSA and PRISM of course. However, sometimes you simply have to work with sensitive data when you’re in a public area, such as if you work remotely. The information that you are potentially handing over in this case is huge and you must make sure you are better protected. With torrenting, for instance, we all worry about that dreaded email that we have been “caught” and need to cough up the dough for all those movies and albums we downloaded. Nightmare!
By using a VPN instead, you can access any network and share your data completely privately, even if you are on an open, public network, such as the McDonald’s Wi-Fi hotspot. It is like a firewall, which protects your computer’s data, but this actually protects you online. Technically, a VPN is a Wide Area Network (WAN), but it allows you to have all the security, functionality and appearance as if you would be on the private network. Perfect, in other words, because you don’t need to be a computer genius in order to continue to access your favorite torrent sites.
Corporations are using VPNs more and more commonly, but now individual users are starting to catch on to the benefits. A VPN that doesn’t log uses encryption protocols and dedicated connections to give you a virtual P2P connection. This means that if a really good hacker would somehow be able to get into that connection, they would not be able to know what you are doing, because all your data is fully encrypted. Besides this, VPNs that don’t log also don’t have a fixed IP address, which means your physical location will always remain completely hidden. This also means that you can get around content filters, including, by the way, the Great Firewall of China. You can get past all of the nasty filters our own government has put in place and you can actually watch that YouTube video that they so badly want to keep hidden from you. And download a couple of good movies while you’re at it, of course!
It is actually really easy to sign up to a VPN network. You do have to make sure that you work with a provider that has a commitment to keeping your data safe and secure. The only way to do this, really, is by not keeping any logs of data and information. There are a number of really good VPNs out there that you may want to consider. Two of the best are Private Internet Access and BTGuard.
Private Internet Access
Private Internet Access is an award-winning VPN that can be used all over the world. They will completely and totally protect your identity and keep your privacy intact. All censorship filters are unblocked (you would be surprised to find out just how much as been hidden from you all this time) and it only takes seconds to connect through their tunnel. Cheap and with many different payment options, this is the VPN of choice for many torrenters.
BTGuard is another of the world’s most respected VPN services. Best of all, they have a service specifically geared towards torrenters, which is the Bittorrent Proxy. For a nominal fee, you are able to access both Vuze and UTorrent, two of the world’s best torrent websites. They are as good as Private Internet Access in as such that they do not keep any records, information or data on file. In fact, if they would be court ordered to provide information, they wouldn’t be able to hand any over even if they wanted to do. The only downside to BTGuard is that they currently only offer limited payment options, although they are trying to improve this.