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5 of the best VPNs for torrenting

If you're an avid peer-to-peer file-sharing fanatic, these VPNs will help cover your tracks.

Torrenting sure is a good way to get what you need quickly. And hey, while there's no judgement coming from us about what you're rapidly downloading and uploading, you'd best be aware that there are some other folks who will show great interest in your activities. The government, law enforcement officials, entertainment studios and roving packs of bloodthirsty lawyers let loose by the former to name but a few.

What you're going to need is some increased privacy to get a boost in anonymity, so you can do what you do without prying eyes. If you think the answer to that conundrum is “get a VPN, any VPN” you're on the right track, but still not considering all the angles. How good is that “no log” policy being sold to you? Does the service actually support torrenting in the first place – or does the VPN say it supports it publicly but throttles your traffic on the sly?

Don't know the first thing about VPNs? Let's take it back a step and cover the basics

Fortunately, we've done the research and found the best in the biz for getting what you need.

Updated November 14th, 2018
Name Product Price p/month (Monthly) Equivalent price p/month (Annual) Free trial? Simultaneous logins Crypto payment? Recommended encryption
ExpressVPN
ExpressVPN
US$12.95
US$8.32
Yes
3
Yes
256-bit AES
Get 3 months of ExpressVPN free and 49% off your total subscription when you sign up for 12 months
NordVPN
NordVPN
US$11.95
US$6.99
Yes
6
Yes
256-bit AES
PureVPN
PureVPN
US$10.95
US$4.15
Yes
5
Yes
256-bit AES
Private Internet Access
Private Internet Access
US$6.95
US$3.33
No
5
Yes
256-bit AES
TunnelBear Giant
TunnelBear Giant
US$9.99
US$5.00
No
5
Yes
AES 256-bit

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NordVPN

The mighty Vikings at NordVPN not only allow P2P traffic, but they also offer military-grade encryption, no bandwidth limits, fast download speeds and a guarantee on the protection of your private data with a no-log policy. What's more, the sprawling Nord network of 5100+ servers in 62 countries is purposefully optimised for P2P activities in different locations all around the world. And it doesn't get more secure than NordVPN's “double VPN” encryption option (mind you, you'll take a sizeable speed hit for the privilege).

All that being said, a full year of Nord coverage is at the pricier end of the spectrum at US$6.99 a month. But it's toe-dip friendly with a 30-day money-back guarantee, and you're getting all you need from a top-tier VPN (great speeds, a kill switch, DNS leak protection and onion-over VPN technology).

NordVPN is our current go-to for a good all-rounder VPN.

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Save 72% on NordVPN and unlock a whole new world of Netflix

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ExpressVPN

Save up to 35% on a 12 month subscription

Save up to 35% on a 12 month subscription from ExpressVPN

Plans start from $8.32 p/m. Month by month plans are available.

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Look on their homepage and you'll see that the good folks at ExpressVPN do in fact express (sorry) an acceptance of torrent downloading. Couple that with a policy of zero traffic logging, in-built DNS leak protection, kill switch support and 256-bit strong encryption, and this is one solid choice for keeping your P2P activities very much to yourself.

Being based in Hong Kong is a big plus as well since it's one of the few countries with no data retention laws in place. Even in the extremely rare case where a corporation or legal entity demanded your data logs, they would be rejected simply because the logs don't exist.

ExpressVPN's support for bitcoin payments, great after-sale service and a 30-day money-back guarantee are all big bonuses too. You probably won't need to use that guarantee though since you're getting access to an impressively large, speedy network of 1000+ servers across 100+ locations in 78 countries. Yes, this service is a bit pricey compared to what's out there (a year's worth goes for US$6.67 a month), but you're getting what you pay for.

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3 months FREE: Super-fast access to Netflix US/UK and more with ExpressVPN

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PIA

Private Internet Access (or PIA to those of us into acronyms) has no beef against decentralised file-sharing. Heck, their insanely large network of 3342+ servers in 24 countries includes multiple VPN gateways built specifically for the purpose of torrent traffic (and all of them offering the usual 256-bit military-grade encryption). PIA also delivers further peace of mind in the form of an in-app kill switch as well as secure DNS leak and IPv6 leak protection.

Better yet, a year's worth of PIA is very reasonably priced at US$3.31 a month, and we've had nothing but excellent customer service from them, too. PIA also comes with a rock solid no-log policy, crypto payment support to keep you protected when making transactions, proprietary anti-malware technology and a seven-day money-back guarantee if you get cold feet.

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PrivateInternetAccess PrivateInternetAccess
Save 58% on two years of PIA VPN

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Ivacy

Another Hong Kong-based operation that boasts no logs, Ivacy is all-in when it comes to torrenting and P2P (it offers specifically optimised servers dedicated to the task). Granted, this may look like a somewhat smaller VPN operation with 200+ servers in 100+ locations, but the speeds we've experienced have been perfectly fine. We also love Ivacy's split tunnelling feature that lets you prioritise traffic (into P2P apps, in this case), plus the expected creature comforts and counter measures are in place as well. Namely, IPv6 and secure DNS leak protection, plus that all-important kill switch function.

Beyond that, 12 months of Ivacy has quite a decent asking price of US$4.08 per month and clandestine crypto payments are supported. There's not a lot to hate about this service. It's easy to use, fast and secure. What more do you need?

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Get up to 54% off for 2-year plan

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IPVanish

“Unlimited P2P traffic” is IPVanish's stance on torrenting. The network of 1,000+ VPN servers in 60+ countries offers impressive bandwidth and anonymity via 256-bit AES encryption. One year for US$6.49 a month is on the expensive side of things, but there's no arguing with being able to use your subscription on 10 devices (typically the standard offered by competing VPNs is 5-6).

IPVanish wins bonus points for its special proxy server protocol known as SOCKS or Socket Security. Basically, it lets you (the slightly more advanced user) enjoy the benefits of a VPN without having to download any software to any device. The only downside we can see to this entire package is that our experience with IPVanish's customer service has been less than optimal, but it was nothing worse than long response times.

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Save 46% on a 1 year plan

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There are plenty of legitimate uses for VPNs. Here at finder, we don’t condone browsing or downloading activity that falls on the wrong side of the law – we only aim to compare the range of services available to Australians.


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