Which VPN Providers Really Protect Your File Sharing Activities?

Which VPN Providers Really Protect Your File Sharing Activities?

In light of all the peer-to-peer file sharing lawsuits that have been thrown around lately, you should really protect yourself with a VPN service if you insist on torrenting. But which one should you use? TorrentFreak took a look at the major players in protecting your anonymity and rated them.

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The top spots go to BTguard, ItsHidden, TorrentPrivacy, Ipredator and Faceless, all of whom refuse to log IP addresses and thus, cannot actually give your P2P activity information to the authorities if asked. These five are specifically targeted towards the file-sharing crowd, which counts for something, but there’s also a list of more general VPN providers that don’t track logs and a list of ones that do, so head over to TF to decide which one you should use. A small fee now beats lawyer fees later to deal with a P2P lawsuit.

Which VPN Providers Really Take Anonymity Seriously? [TorrentFreak]


  • OMG – This article got to be the most ambiguous ever! CAREFUL! READ BELOW!

    There is no direct answer in the article of which VPN is the most secure in keeping your privacy. All it gives you is answer of VPN provider towards those 2 questions.

    Now for the result – the article DOES NOT CLAIM those ‘top spots’ are THE MOST PRIVATE/SECURE VPN. FULL STOP.

    They are just on top spots because they are marketed strongly for P2P service. For example, take Cryptocloud, which well behind in the list, their answer is: Response to Q1: “We log nothing at all.”

    Please LH – fix your article.

  • I didn’t make it past “…if a VPN provider carries logs of their users’ activities the chances of them not being able to live up to their claim of offering an anonymous service begins to decrease rapidly.”

    Because at that point my brain crashed.

  • Instead of using a VPN buy a seedbox.

    THe one i have runs rutorrent AND i can use it as a SSH tunnel (so same as a VPN). THis costs me $15 a month

      • Essentially, you’re looking for a VPS instead of a VPN. It’s a little virtual machine in a datacentre somewhere with a set amount of ram/cpu/bandwidth that you can do what you like with (torrent box, personal proxy, game server, web hosting, etc).

        Torrenting doesn’t use much ram or CPU so you can get away with a cheap deal. I have a VPS at buyvm.net – only 128mb ram, but it’s pretty good value for $15/year.

        (Disclaimer: I have no idea whether buyvm would turn your details over to the authorities, they’re just delightfully cheap)

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