The Best VPN For Torrenting 2019

The names torrenting, “downloading”, P2P (peer-to-peer), and file-sharing all basically mean the same thing. Namely, obtaining content via the BitTorrent protocol. The way the BitTorrent protocol works, however, means that VPNs for torrenting are essential if you wish to protect yourself while downloading.

BitTorrent is a very efficient way to download files, and the fact that no centralized servers are required ensure its popularity among those unconcerned with copyright issues. Unfortunately, copyright holders are concerned with such issues. And this is where the BitTorrent protocol can be something of a liability to its users

As the last two synonyms I list above (P2P and file-sharing) suggest, when you “download” a torrent file you are really sharing pieces of that file with anyone else also downloading or sharing that file.

A potentially nasty side-effect of this is that all these “peers” can see your IP address (and you can see theirs).

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN often tops most VPN wish lists. Turns out they’re just as strong at torrenting, too.

They provide all-around benefits, from great speed to security, and top it all off with restriction-free torrenting. That means you can use torrents on any of their thousands of servers around the world.

I know what you’re thinking. “It can’t be that good.” I thought the same thing.

Then, we tried it out for ourselves.

First off, they’re located in the British Virgin Islands. This places them outside the jurisdiction of the major surveillance alliances which could force a VPN company to abdicate information about their users.

That, coupled with a strict no-logging policy, make ExpressVPN a trustworthy torrenting partner.

Your private browsing stays private thanks to their OpenVPN protocols, which are backed by government-level AES-256 encryption. Nobody, anywhere, is cracking that connection anytime soon.

Not only does ExpressVPN allow torrenting, they actively encourage it to their users. In fact, there’s an entire page of their support section walking users through the use of uTorrent software coupled with ExpressVPN.

ExpressVPN often tops most VPN wish lists. Turns out they’re just as strong at torrenting, too.

They provide all-around benefits, from great speed to security, and top it all off with restriction-free torrenting. That means you can use torrents on any of their thousands of servers around the world.

I know what you’re thinking. “It can’t be that good.” I thought the same thing.

Then, we tried it out for ourselves.

First off, they’re located in the British Virgin Islands. This places them outside the jurisdiction of the major surveillance alliances which could force a VPN company to abdicate information about their users.

That, coupled with a strict no-logging policy, make ExpressVPN a trustworthy torrenting partner.

Your private browsing stays private thanks to their OpenVPN protocols, which are backed by government-level AES-256 encryption. Nobody, anywhere, is cracking that connection anytime soon.

Not only does ExpressVPN allow torrenting, they actively encourage it to their users. In fact, there’s an entire page of their support section walking users through the use of uTorrent software coupled with ExpressVPN.

IPVanishVPN

When it comes to the sheer number of servers to choose from, it’s tough to beat IPVanish. One of the most popular VPNs worldwide, IPVanish takes privacy very seriously and has been built with torrenting in mind. It creates no logs, not even the connection logs used for troubleshooting like ExpressVPN. L2TP and OpenVPN protocols both use 256-bit encryption. IPVanish uses shared IP addresses, and even has a built-in feature that lets users switch IPs periodically, such as every 60 minutes.

Speeds are good and bandwidth is unlimited. IPVanish specifically designates certain countries as P2P-friendly, such as the Netherlands (more on this below). A kill switch can be enabled in the settings. IPVanish is particularly popular with Kodi users thanks to its lightweight Android app and compatibility with all the Kodi addons we’ve tested.

Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android.

Pros:

  • Network specifically designed for torrenting
  • Has a ‘no logs’ policy
  • Anonymous signup and payment
  • Easy to use with Kodi and Amazon Fire Stick/FireTV
 

NordVPN

NordVPN is constantly nipping at the heels of ExpressVPN.

They’re the other legitimate contender you see constantly vying for first position in the best VPN rankings.

P2P services like torrenting are made available on NordVPN’s extensive server park of over 5,000 different servers.

And over 500 of their servers are optimized specifically for P2P. That’s a lot of different choices afforded to their BitTorrent-loving users.

Nord protects the torrenting activity of their users with the same OpenVPN protocols and AES-256 encryption as ExpressVPN. They also take things a step further, combining two servers into one connection for double protection.

Again, add a strict no-logging policy and a VPN killswitch to make this one of the safest and most anonymous torrenting VPNs on the market.

NordVPN one of the most secure VPNs available. It has the extra option of double-hop encryption, too, which gives you even more protection. It doesn’t keep logs and barely knows anything about you, so your privacy is respected, as well

It has a smooth setup process that will get you connected in minutes. You can use it on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS and the user interface has a good layout that’s easy to use.

If you have problems, you can use the large knowledgebase to try to sort them out. If that doesn’t work, you can contact customer support via live chat or email. Live chat is the quickest route and easy to access.

NordVPN offers a good service at an affordable rate, with lengthier plans being cheaper in the long-run. There is a 30-day refund, so, if you’re uncomfortable signing up for a long subscription, you can use that to make sure you like it first

All plans come with a 30-day money back guarantee. Nord accepts Bitcoin payments, as well as PayPal and credit card.

  • A month-to-month plan costs $11.95

  • A 3 Year  plan costs $2.99 a month, billed every 3 years

  • An annual subscription is $6.99 per month

  • A two-year plan drops down to $3.99 per month

NordVPN has a strict no log policy, and does not record time stamps, IP addresses, traffic logs or bandwidth. And since the company is based in Panama, it falls outside the jurisdiction of US and European data collection agencies.

Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access (PIA) offers over 3,500 servers in 31 countries to choose from.

First off, it’s under $3 per month. That’s a can’t-beat-price. The cost is just one of the reasons we ranked PIA as our number nine overall VPN.

But best of all, PIA imposes no torrenting limits, providing P2P support throughout the entirety of their massive server park.

PIA server network

The company never explicitly says the words torrenting or BitTorrent on their site, but the P2P support speaks for itself. That’s why PIA has a great reputation throughout the torrenting community.

PIA doesn’t let us down with weak encryption and protocol options, either. They provide the best-in-class OpenVPN tunneling protocols, along with AES-128 and AES-256 encryption standards.

While they’re not logging any of your usage information, they are keeping track of your email address and payment info. That’s not a huge deal as you can create a new email address that’s not connected to your personal information, and it allows you to pay with untraceable cryptocurrency.

Additionally, it is affordable with a monthly and annual plan. Moreover, it has a 7-day money return policy in case you are not satisfied with its VPN connection, which is highly impossible. It has excellent internet speed

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