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Top VPN Services to Anonymize Your BitTorrent Downloads [2015 Edition]

Most of those using BitTorrent or other file-sharing tools know that VPN can be used to protect their online identities and hide their real location. But, there is more to it than simply subscribe to a VPN service! I am going to give you some important tips you need to consider when you want to anonymize your downloads with a VPN. Read on!

What you need to encrypt your torrent traffic and hide your downloading activity?

Yes, you need a VPN service! Basically, a VPN encrypts the communication between your computer and a server (that is in custody of the VPN provider). Next, the VPN server passes the traffic to the desired target in such a way that the target does not know the identity of the source. By using a VPN while connecting to a P2P network your real IP address is not be seen in the network thus you can not be identified as the source or the target of a certain download.

There are many VPN services on the market but only several are truly suitable for anonymizing your Bittorrent downloads. Here are the features you have to have in mind when you pick your service:

  • Servers in torrent friendly countries. Even though there are VPN services (like PrivateInternetAccess or HideMyAss) that say that they allow P2P/torrent activities on all their servers, the truth is that only servers located in certain countries are safe for torrent downloads. For example, you would not want to download a movie using a US or UK server, but you are safe by connecting to a server in Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Czech Republic or Romania. Thus, my advice is to choose a VPN service that provides access to at least 3-4 of the locations listed above.
  • Unlimited bandwidth. When you download files through a VPN you need unlimited bandwidth. Don’t choose a VPN provider that charges you by traffic, otherwise you will have unpleasant surprises after a night of heavy downloading.
  • Kill Switch mechanism. You certainly need a fail-safe mechanism, in order to make sure that your IP address is not exposed in case the connection to the VPN server fails for certain reasons. If you don’t know what Kill Switch is I recommend you read a previous article that I published recently: Internet Kill Switch – How to Protect Yourself from Unwanted VPN Disconnects.
  • Speed. Of course, you need significant download speed, preferably close to your regular Internet connection. The speed depends on many factors including the servers location, server load (the number of users connected on the server), etc. Thus, it is difficult to know which VPN service provides the best speed for you before you test them. The good news is that the providers listed below are top providers and there are good chances to find at least one high speed server you may use.

How expensive are torrent friendly VPN services?

Are VPN services that can be used for file-sharing more expensive than the regular VPNs? No. Due to the high competition in this niche market, most VPN providers (including torrent friendly ones) offer plans cheaper than $10 per month (several significant lower as you will discover below).

Don’t jump to the cheapest provider you find by searching the Internet just yet! As mentioned above, you need powerful servers and generous bandwidth. They don’t come for nothing and the providers have to pay important fees every month. Take my advice and choose a top provider and don’t be fooled by “too good to be true” offers that come from unknown providers. They are not capable of providing a good experience. Period!

And, here they are … the best VPN Services for protecting your Bittorrent downloads

The VPN services listed below are all well-know providers with years of experience, good support, tens of servers and serving tens of thousands of users.

Disclaimer: This list is list was built from my experience and there are NO guaranties that the below services will work for you. Also, if you know other VPN services that match the profile please share them in the comments.

PIA – Private Internet Access

pia-logoPrivateInternetAccess is a popular and affordable VPN provider that accepts torrent traffic on all servers including those located in United States, United Kingdom and Germany. However, I do not recommend you to connect to such servers with your P2P/torrent apps. It is known that anti-piracy agencies keep an eye on IP addressed used for file sharing in the above mentioned countries. Thus, if you decide to go for PIA it is better if you use servers located in Netherlands, Sweden or Romania.

Pros: Allows P2P/torrent downloading on all their servers, provides fast services, up to 256-bit AES OpenVPN encryption, port forwarding, SOCKS5 proxy.

  • Servers in torrent friendly countries: Netherlands, Sweden, Romania
  • Unlimited bandwidth: Yes.
  • Kill Switch: Yes, available for Windows and MacOs apps.
  • Price: $6.95/month – $39.95/year
  • Payment methods: PayPal, Credit cards, Bitcoin, Ripple, Amazon, OKPay, CashU, Stellar and any major Gift Card.

Cons: US based company, no free trial.

Private Internet Access website

ibVPN – Invisible Browsing VPN

ibvpn-logoibVPN is one of my favorite providers. The support they provide is extraordinary and the service is great. They offer several packages that you may choose depending on your needs. The Torrent VPN package, available for $4.95/month, offers access to high-speed servers located in torrent friendly countries. You may get the 6-hour trial before placing a paid order.

Pros: Torrent dedicated package for less than $5 per month, 5-star support, 6-hour trial.

  • Servers in torrent friendly countries: Netherlands, Luxembourg, Russia, Lithuania, Sweden, Canada
  • Unlimited bandwidth: Yes.
  • Kill Switch: Yes, available for Windows and MacOs apps.
  • Price: $4.95/month for the Torrent VPN package ($36.95/year)
  • Payment methods: Bitcoin, PayPal, Credit cards, Webmoney, Payza, Paysafecard, CashU, Ukash, Openbucks.

Cons: Smaller number of servers for the Torrent VPN package comparing to other providers.

ibVPN website

PureVPN

purevpn-logoPureVPN is another top VPN provider that offer access to servers that can be used for file-sharing. They offer a huge network of servers you may use including the location I recommend for torrent downloads.

Pros: High number of servers, user friendly apps, good support.

Cons: No.

Servers in torrent friendly countries: Netherlands, Luxembourg, Russia, Lithuania, Sweden, Czech Republic

Kill Switch: Yes, for both Windows and MacOS apps.

Unlimited bandwidth: Yes.

Price: $9.95/month for the Torrent VPN package ($49.95/year)

Payment methods: PayPal, Credit cards, Moneybookers, Bitcoin, Payza.

PureVPN website

ExpressVPN

expressvpn-logoAdvertised as the “fastest VPN on Earth”, ExpressVPN is indeed a top provider with servers in 90+ locations including torrent friendly countries. Even though I prefer other services, ExpressVPN may be a good choice.

Pros: Fast servers, 30 day money-back guarantee

Cost: US company, quite expensive.

Servers in torrent friendly countries: Netherlands, Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, Luxembourg, Romania.

Kill Switch: Yes, for both Windows and MacOS apps.

Price: $12.95/month – $99.95/year

Unlimited bandwidth: Yes.

Payment methods: PayPal, Bitcoin, Credit Cards, CashU, Alipay, Webmoney.

ExpressVPN website

IPVanish

ipvanish-logoIPVanish are definitely deserve a place on this list. Their service is great and it may be a good choice for those sharing files on P2P networks.

Pros: Large number of torrent friendly locations, good Windows and Mac apps

Cons: No.

Servers in torrent friendly countries: Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Sweden, Luxembourg, Romania.

Kill Switch: Yes, for both Windows and MacOS apps.

Unlimited bandwidth: Yes.

Price: $10/month – $77.99/year

Payment methods: PayPal, Credit cards, Bitcoin, iDeal, Paysafecard.

IPVanish website

To Conclude

If you are using Bittorrent or other file-sharing tool you may consider subscribing to a VPN service in order to protect your online identity. As stated above, you need to consider several criteria when selecting the VPN provider in order to make sure you are safe. Hopefully, the provided list will help you make a good choice and stay protected while downloading the files you need.

Enjoy!

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