How to choose a VPN for Torrenting?
Are there any limitations on P2P traffic?
While most major VPN providers permit P2P traffic, some do ban it on certain servers. Check the relevant section of our review and make sure that you can live with any server exclusions.
Is it fast enough to use while torrenting?
Raw speed is vital for torrenting due to the size of the files. Look for the fastest possible VPN, making sure you look at upload speed as well as download. Don’t forget to also consider latency, as low ping times (measured in ms) combined with high speeds give you the most bandwidth. The more bandwidth, the more you can to download multiple torrents and continue browsing the internet normally.
Is it a zero logs VPN?
Using a VPN when you torrent may protect your privacy from nosy ISPs but your activity still remains visible to your VPN provider. It’s therefore critical to use a VPN that is as close to zero logs as possible, so that at least there is no persistent record of that activity. Note that every VPN will claim to be “zero logs”. In reality, delivering high performance across an extensive global network is impossible unless you are monitoring at least some connection details of your users. So you need to weigh up your need for speed with your comfort with collection of basic usage stats. Look for timestamp logging that’s limited to just the date of your connection and logging of server names and users rather than specific IP addresses.
Where is it incorporated?
Certain jurisdictions are more privacy-friendly than others when the authorities come knocking asking for user data. If you are concerned about your privacy, you might want to consider avoiding VPNs incorporated in the US, UK or Europe. Instead look for more out of the way locations, such as British Virgin Islands, Panama, the Seychelles and Hong Kong, for example.
Does it have servers in the locations you need?
For best performance, you will need a VPN that offers server locations near your physical location. Consider any other needs you may have outside of torrenting and ensure a good number of servers in relevant locations. The more servers, the better the performance as they will be less congested.
Does it work on your preferred devices?
Almost all VPN services will work on Windows, Mac and Linux machines, along with iOS and Android mobile devices. However, some VPN services are also compatible with other internet-connected items, such as routers, games consoles and streaming devices, such as the Amazon Fire Stick.
Check connection, encryption and security features
Rock solid privacy is a must when torrenting so make sure that the VPN has an effective killswitch to protect you should the VPN fail for some reason, leaving you exposed. Also look for protection from DNS and other leaks, such as IPv6 and WebRTC. Port forwarding is another handy feature if you plan to torrent while using a NAT firewall.