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How safe is Torrenting? Are you Doing Something Illegal?

How safe is Torrenting? Are you Doing Something Illegal?
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These are the three questions most torrent users have when downloading torrents and this article answers those questions while looking at other methods that can be used to remain anonymous and safe.
To stay away from any legal complications, it is best to refrain from torrenting. However, if you insist on it, we suggest that you take enough measures to maintain your privacy, especially from those copyright trolls.

Download torrents using a VPN

Using a VPN to download torrents is one of the best ways to remain safe. A VPN helps achieves two things: first, it selects a location of your choosing and re-directs your internet traffic through a server placed there. This naturally means your ISP or anyone else for that matter will not be able to monitor your activity. Also, since all internet activity first reaches the VPN server and then further, no one can know what is going on.

The key to safety is anonymity, you need VPN for torrenting, P2P File Sharing etc, that is your secret to privacy.

The key here is to use a quality VPN: a free VPN does sound enticing but there are several problems associated with them. For starters, they keep a log of your activity which itself would be a deal breaker for most. Further, they don’t care much to provide satisfying DNS leak protection and place a limit on the bandwidth speed and amount of data you can use. A quick online search can give you a list of available VPN services which provide fast speeds while keeping your security, anonymity and privacy.

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Other workarounds

If you do not feel comfortable in paying for a VPN, another option would be to use Tor. Tor works mostly like a VPN in that it also routes your internet traffic using many volunteer “nodes” while at the same time also encrypting your traffic. There are several reasons why we would suggest you use a VPN rather than Tor. First, Tor has a slower speed, and is mostly best suited for low-bandwidth activity and simple browsing. Secondly, Tor being very popular amongst criminals and hackers, is more likely to draw attention from law enforcement agencies or your ISP.

Peerblock is another useful app that can come in handy here. It is a desktop firewall which periodically updates a blacklist of IP addresses. These IP addresses are of parties who try to follow your online activity, mostly on peer-to-peer networks. Peerblock is popular among torrent users who are operating on monitored networks, like university campuses, workplaces or other similar situations. However, it cannot be deemed to be a solution by itself. If someone really wants to, they can always connect to the torrent swarm and know your IP address.

Whichever method you use, we just want you to be aware of all the pros and cons so you select the most suitable combination. Happy safe torrenting!!

About the author:

Nuur Hasan is a software developer and a political activist, he intends to dedicate his life to the becoming the voice of the voiceless.