Many users are hesitant to use torrents, as there is always the fear that their personal information may be stolen. With RAPs (Rogue Applications Part) being the number one threat, turning off your VPN is the safer option. However, for those who want to use the more resilient alternative, here are some useful tips on how to use BitTorrent securely.
Use A VPN That Supports OpenVPN (most SSL VPNs do)
The best and the most secure way of using BitTorrent is through a VPN. A VPN provides a safe and encrypted connection that prevents outsiders from listening in on your communications or stealing your information. To use a VPN, you will need to set up your account with a reputable company, and then you can use their app to connect to the internet. When you are connected to your VPN, your computer or device will display a secure and encrypted icon in the status bar at the top of your screen. This indicates that you are connected to a safe and secure server, and any unauthorized persons attempting to access your account or device will not be able to do so without being detected.
VPNs provide a great variety of features, which you can find more information about in our How to use a VPN safely article. Some of the most popular and reliable VPNs are NordVPN, IP Van, and HideMyAss. Keep in mind that, depending on where you are and what kind of browsing you are doing, some VPNs might behave oddly and unexpectedly, so it is always safe to test different protocols and features before you make a purchase decision.
It is also important to look for a VPN provider that is committed to protecting your privacy. Many companies that offer VPN services log all of your network activity and store all of your personal information, which may put your personal safety at risk. To learn more, read our The true cost of privacy article.
Use a VPN for Extra Security
A VPN provides additional security to your internet experience, so it is always a good idea to use one. That being said, using a VPN is not necessarily the most convenient way of securing your BitTorrent activities, so let’s examine other options.
Avoid Using Your Real Name
Anonymously buying and selling things online is a great way of making money, and it is a way of life that has become extremely popular over the past few years. While this type of activity is a great way to make extra money, it is also a way to expose your personal information and potentially put your personal safety at risk. If you want to use BitTorrent anonymously, then you should consider using an alias instead of your real name when doing so. Doing this will keep your identity secret, as well as your identity on the network.
There are several reasons why using an alias is a better option than using your real name when torrenting. First, if you use your real name when torrenting, then anyone who knows you will inevitably find out about your illegal activities. Second, many ISPs (internet service providers) will throttle or block connections from users whose IP addresses are used for illegal activities, so if you use your real name, you might experience problems with your internet connection. Third, if you use your real name, then it is much easier to find your personal information on various forums or websites dedicated to piracy, which could put you at risk of harm or embarrassment.
Consider Using a Proxy To Unblock Websites
If you are determined to use BitTorrent and you do not want others to detect your activities, then you should consider using a proxy. A proxy is a tool that can be used to disguise your IP address and location so that people on the other end cannot tell where you are. Proxies are an excellent option for hiding your identity while you are torrenting, as they are extremely easy to use and can be installed on almost any device.
There are several advantages to using proxies. First, since your IP address is concealed, you can avoid being blocked by the major internet service providers. Many of them, such as Comcast and Verizon, ban or throttle connections from users whose IP addresses are used for illegal activities. Second, you can use a proxy to access content that is restricted to certain countries or regions. An IP ban often applies to specific countries or regions too, so if you are determined to access a site that is restricted to a certain area, then you can use a proxy to get around the ban and access the content.
There are disadvantages to using proxies, however. First, it is always a good idea to search for the website you are trying to access before doing so, as certain websites, like Craigslist, often block access to proxies. Second, since your IP address is concealed, others may be able to track your activity, if they are determined to do so. Third, it is generally best practice to avoid using the same proxy to access several websites; otherwise, you could put yourself in a situation in which you are disclosing your IP address to several different entities. Fourth, you should be aware that your internet connection may be monitored, so if you are worried about your personal information being stolen, then using a proxy is not the best option.
Use A VPN To Keep Your Activity Private
If you want to use non-BitTorrent platforms for uploading and downloading files, then you should consider using a VPN to keep your activity private. The best and most reliable VPNs protect your personal information and allow you to access all of the content you want, with no restrictions. Since most VPNs have no log-keeping policy, you might consider using one of these services to keep your personal information secure and private.
There is no question that using a VPN is the safest and most convenient way of doing business online, as well as the most popular option among pirates. If you are worried about your personal information and want to use an alternative to BitTorrent, then VPNs are a great choice.