You most likely have a general idea of what torrenting is and how it works. While torrenting is intriguing, it is also risky, especially to users who do not know how to cover their tracks.
Torrenting is risky because many sites offer copyrighted material and illegal content, but will make users believe that their content is entirely legal. For this reason, many people end up downloading illegal materials unknowingly only to receive warnings and copyright violation notices.
In this article, we are going to provide a torrenting guide to make sure you aren’t caught torrenting.
IP address masking is the best way to make sure you aren’t caught torrenting. IP masking allows you to browse the internet (surf, communicate, download, and upload) anonymously.
When you mask your IP, your ISP, sites managers, and monitoring agencies aren’t able to see the real IP address of your computer.
Most importantly, they’ll not be able to tell or see your physical location. There are various ways to mask your IP including:
Using A Virtual Private Network (VPN)
A VPN will hide your IP address as well as your physical location allowing you to torrent securely and anonymously. Since you’ll be using borrowed IP address, your personal information such as name, date of birth, location, social service number will be inaccessible by copyright enforcement agencies, copyright holders, and Internet Service Providers.
Although VPNs can help mask your IP address and allow you to torrent securely and anonymously, it is important only to use strong and reliable VPNs. Some VPNs might leak your location and personal data if a connection is down or lost.
The best thing is that there are multiple VPNs on the market to choose from. Some are offered free of charge, and others come at a small fee. We, therefore, advise you to be patient when shopping for a VPN to ensure that you can identify the best. Do thorough online and offline research and ask for expert advice where possible.
Use The Onion Router (Tor)
Tor browser works the same way as VPN. It helps protect personal data and user location by bouncing connections around multiple networks. If someone, in this case, a copyright enforcement agency, is monitoring your internet connection, they’ll not be able to find out the websites you visit as well as your physical location.
Tor browser works perfectly with Linux, Windows, and MacOS without the need to install any software. The browser is pre-configured to make it portable and make sure your torrenting activities always remain protected.
While Tor may mask your IP and allow you to surf anonymously, it is not the best option when it comes to torrenting. It has extremely slow speeds making it unsuitable for torrenting, which requires high bandwidth.
Additionally, Tor does not encrypt user traffic making it easy for anyone watching your internet connection and usage to see your username and password. Over recent years, law enforcement agencies have made Tor their top target since hackers and criminals use it to carry out their illegal activities.
PeerBlock is a unique application for torrent sharing. The app relies on IP blacklists to make sure IP addresses don’t connect to your computer. With PeerBlock, torrent monitoring bodies are not able to associate you with a specific torrent swarm.
PeerBlock updates nosy IP addresses looking to track down torrent users. The bad news is you can only update PeerBlock once when installing the app. You are required to pay a particular amount if you want to receive PeerBlock IP address updates on a regular basis.
If you don’t want to install any app like PeerBlock, we advise you to stick to VPNs. Monitoring agencies will be unable to see your real IP address, and if by any chance they manage to evade a blacklist, all they’ll see is the IP address of your VPN.
Seedbox refers to a remote server that allows torrent sharing with high-speed servers. In addition to providing high and dedicated speeds to users, Seedbox masks IP addresses from non-users.
After a successful download of torrent files, Seedbox hosts the files and allows users to download them to their PCs at their convenient time. Most Seedbox dealers offer HTTP file browsers to allow users to download torrent files from Seedbox using their preferred web browsers.
If you want to avoid settlement letters and copyright warnings from monitoring agencies through your Internet Service Provider, it is essential to exercise anonymity when it comes to torrenting. There are various tactics you can employ to remain anonymous when torrenting such as using VPNs, Tor, PeerBlock, and Seedbox.
Among all these options, VPN is the best because not only does it mask your IP and location, it is also easy to use.