Latest News Launches New Bittorrent Privacy Service

Independent monitoring groups join BitTorrent swarms, but instead of sharing files, they’re logging the IP addresses of other people in the swarm so that they can notify the ISP. A proxy (like TorGuard) funnels internet traffic—in this case, just the BitTorrent traffic—through another server, so that the BitTorrent swarm will show an IP address from a server that can’t be traced back, instead of the address that points to your house. That way, these “prying eyes” can’t contact the ISP, and the ISP likewise has no cause to send you a harrowing letter. All anyone watching would see is TorGuard servers sharing a file, and all the ISP sees is the computer connecting to TorGuard—but not what data is being downloading, because it’s encrypted.

TorGuard offers both a VPN and proxy (to combat spying) and encryption (to combat throttling)—though many torrent clients have encryption built-in as well TorGuard’s bittorrent protection service isn’t free. At rougly $6/month, it isn’t very expensive, and well worth it when using bittorrent anonymously. A law suit settlement, if it comes to that, will cost at least a couple thousand dollars, which equals a couple decades of TorGuard subscriptions, so keep that in mind.

In closing, BitTorrent isn’t the safe haven it once was. All the experts highly recommend getting some sort of protection when downloading torrents so ISP “love letters” and throttled speeds can be avoided.

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