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uTorrent VPN are two things that, in our opinion, should be inseparable from each other like the seatbelt and the car. Why we state this so dramatically, you can read in this article.
uTorrent is, of course, this very popular P2P (peer-to-peer) filesharing protocol that allows you to easily download lots of large files. It is a very simple and efficient way of downloading. uTorrent is a freeware client of BitTorrent Inc.
Is uTorrent safe to use?
uTorrent is, as we already mentioned, a P2P filesharing protocol. With P2P there is no central server where content is stored. Parts of the content files are stored on user computers and therefore spread out over all of the users.
This means that uTorrent-software on your computer doesn’t get the files you want to download from one single location, but it downloads and gathers small bits of these files from many different users from all over the internet and finally reunites them back to single files. Besides that, your computer is also being used to store content en you are sharing file bits with others in turn as well.
You can imagine that downloading like this is much less safe because you don’t know who the thousands of other users are, with whom you are sharing file bits. Amongst these users, there might be malicious people or internet criminals, that can send adware, spyware and so on, along with the bits of file you are sharing and, for example, steal your data.
VPN / proxy protection for uTorrent
We recommend everyone to browse the internet with VPN. In this day and age, this is, unfortunately, an absolute requirement for online security and privacy. But torrenting without VPN is asking for trouble.
VPN hides your IP-address, so internet criminals cannot trace you any longer in the enormous filesharing stream. This protects you from ID-thieves and other cybercriminals that, for example, would like to steal your payment information. Profesional VPN services offer especially for torrenters a proxy like SOCKS5, which restricts your download speeds much less than VPN but at the same time still offers a decent level of security.
IPVanish is one of these leading VPN-providers and it regularly achieves already for many years best results in the many of the tests that we have carried out. Recently we did a large test for Torrent VPN and also in this test IPVanish undoubtedly emerged as the best torrent VPN.
In order to setup your IPVanish SOCKS5 proxy with uTorrent or a similar BitTorrent client, you need to get your IPVanish SOCKS5 proxy username and password by logging into your account and selecting the SOCKS5 Proxy tab.
In comparison with VPN, this is all you have to do to start working with uTorrent or another P2P program via the SOCKS5 proxy.
- Open uTorrent
- Go to ‘Options’ and ‘Preferences’
- Click ‘Connection’ (left side menu)
- In the ‘Connection preference’ you need to configure the following:
- All four ‘Listening Port’ checkboxes need to be unchecked
- The ‘Authentication’ checkbox needs to be checked
- Select Proxy Server type: Socks5
- Type in the Proxy box: ams.socks.ipvanish.com
- Type in the Port box: 1080
- Type in the Username box your IPVanish Proxy username
- Type in the Password box your IPVanish Proxy password
- Click ‘OK’ in the lower menu bar.
- Restart uTorrent for the changed preferences to take effect
Disable rate limit and bandwidth settings
If your torrent download speed is unnaturally slow or if you cannot download altogether, we recommend checking your rate limit and bandwidth settings. Turn off your uTorrent rate limit by unchecking the checkbox “Apply rate limit to uTP connections” in “Options”, “Preferences” and “Bandwidth”.
Your bandwidth management should also be turned off. To do this uncheck “Enable bandwidth management [uTP]” in “Options”, “Preferences” and “BitTorrent”.
Don’t take any risk and torrent safely
As you can see it is very easy to setup your VPN protection with IPVanish and as soon as you have installed it you will most likely not even notice that it’s there because the speeds are so good that you don’t even notice it. With cheap VPN services, you have a high risk to encounter rather substantial speed reduction and many free VPN providers even don’t allow torrenting.
We already compared VPN with the seatbelt in your car in another article. That was also a safety measure for which you had to pay but of which initially many people didn’t see the need. But today the automotive seatbelt is something completely obvious to everyone.
It should be obvious that when you switch on your Android VPN is always automatically switched on, which protects you on public wifi hotspots and allows you to safely carry out internet banking and shopping. You now know that when you are torrenting you are exposed to more risks and can easier get into trouble, but also watching Popcorn Time without VPN and even Kodi is very high-risk.