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5 Best VPNs for Torrents & Torrenting in 2018

Douglas Crawford

Douglas Crawford

March 21, 2018

Using a VPN is essential if you value privacy and want to stay safe and secure while torrenting. Filesharing using the popular P2P protocol is a very popular way to obtain all kinds of digital content for free, but this can get you into trouble with content owners.

Here at BestVPN.com we consider VPNs to be a vital tool for torrent users who wish to maintain their privacy while downloading. This is because a VPN provides perfect privacy by hiding what you get up to from your ISP, and hiding your real identity from other filesharers. Key features to look out for in a good torrenting VPN are speed – so your downloads are fast, and a good killswitch – to keep you safe if the VPN connection drops.

In a hurry? Check out our expert’s top 5 picks for torrenting VPNs below. Keep scrolling for more information on our top 5 services.

What is a torrent VPN?

A VPN is a technology that greatly increases your security and privacy when surfing the web or downloading torrents. It allows you to connect your computer or device to a server run by a VPN provider. Most VPN providers run servers in various locations around the world.

The VPN server acts as a proxy. It sits between your computer and the internet so that anyone watching from the internet (such as someone monitoring your torrent downloads) see the internet (IP) address of the VPN server, not your real internet address.

It also means that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) connects you to the VPN server, but cannot see where you visit on the internet after that. This privacy from your ISP is further enhanced by the fact that the connection between your device and the VPN server is securely encrypted.

Why do you need a VPN for torrenting?

The clue to answering this questing is in the synonyms for “torrenting”: P2P (peer-to-peer) and filesharing. Instead of being stored on a centralized server from which you download files, torrented files are shared among many of other torrent users. Popular files can be shared among hundreds of users.

So when you “download” (which is something of a misnomer when it comes to torrenting) a file using the BitTorrent protocol, what you actually doing is sharing small pieces of it with everyone else who is downloading that same file. A file is “downloaded” once you have all the pieces needed to reassemble that file.

In many ways, this setup is great as it provides a decentralized way to share content.  The flipside, though, is that sharing files with a bunch of other random “downloaders” on the internet is hardly private!

Using the right software (which includes many popular BitTorrent clients), it is very easy to see the IP addresses of every other person also sharing (“downloading”) the same file.

qBitTorrent peers

We can see this point in action above using the qBitTorent  BitTorrent client.

BestVPN.com does not condone copyright infringement. While we are aware that VPNs can be used to spoof your location to another country, and thus overcome geo-restrictions, their primary purpose is to provide you with online security and privacy. First and foremost, this is why we recommend using a VPN.

They may then ask your ISP to take action against you or may take legal action themselves. If you enjoy giving yourself a scare, torrent users should visit iknowwhatyoudownload.com!

How does a torrent VPN protect you when torrenting?

If you are not familiar with what a VPN is, then you might like to check out my VPNs for Beginners guide. The short version with regard to torrenting is that a VPN will protect you in two ways:

  1. A VPN hides your real IP address. All other downloaders (people sharing the same file as you) will see is the IP address of the VPN server. As long as you choose a secure torrenting VPN provider that permits P2P , you can trust it to protect your real identity.
  2. Your ISP cannot see what you are downloading because the connection between your computer and the VPN server is securely encrypted.

Below we can see what iknowwhatyoudownload.com looks like when using a  VPN. All those downloads are associated with the address of the VPN server I’m using – not my real address.

Some ISPs throttle P2P traffic. When they detect that the BitTorrent protocol is being used, they reduce your bandwidth. They may even do this for legal torrents on the assumption they are illegal. Using a VPN will usually prevent this because it hides the fact that you are using BitTorrent from your ISP.

Just be aware that there is no such thing as true “anonymous torrenting.” A VPN will hide your IP from other downloaders, but your VPN provider will always know your real IP address. This is why it is best to pick a no logs VPN provider.

How to test your torrent VPN is working?

While connected to your VPN service:

    1. Visit IPLeak.net. If you cannot see your real IP address or one belonging to your ISP, then you have no IP leak and are protected.

You don’t really need to do anything else, but if you are a paranoid android, then you can specifically test whether your BitTorrent client is leaking your real IP address. To do this:

  1. While still on the IPLeak.net web page and with your VPN connected, scroll down to “Torrent Address detection,” and add the magnet link to your torrent client.

IPleak.net will monitor the IP address of anyone else sharing its uniquely generated test torrent file (i.e. you). After a few minutes, the IPleak.net web page will start to display the results

torrent address detection

Again, as long as none of the IPs displayed belong to either you or your ISP, then you are good.

Why can’t I torrent through my VPN?

Be sure to use a VPN that permits P2P torrenting!

You should be able to torrent through any VPN, but please be aware that not all VPNs permit it. If you download copyrighted material via a VPN that does not permit P2P, then you may get into trouble if the VPN receives a DMCA complaint or similar.

The VPN itself may send you a warning or may terminate your account. It is even possible that it may hand over your IP or other details so that the content owner can take direct legal action against you.

So always check that your VPN provider allows torrenting of all content you wish to download.

NAT firewalls

Many VPNs use NAT firewalls. This is often presented as a feature that protects users’, although it is debateable whether they are really necessary. If present, then NAT firewalls can block incoming connections from torrent peers. This is unlikely to completely prevent you from torrenting, but it can make downloading much slower.

The solution is port fort forwarding, which allows you to route incoming peer connections through the NAT firewall. On some clients, this needs to be configured manually. Others support technologies such as NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) and UPnP port mapping. These aim to make life easier by automating the process.

qBitTorrent uPnP

qBittorrent, above, is a lightweight open source BitTorrent client that supports UPnP / NAT-PMP port forwarding.

What makes a good VPN for torrenting?

In many ways, what makes the best torrent VPN is the same as what makes any good VPN. Things torrenters should pay particular attention to, however, include:

P2P is permitted

As discussed above, this is probably the single most important thing to look for.

Log Policy

If a VPN has a good no logs policy then it cannot “tell” on you, even if it is somehow forced to. Please see 5 Best No Logs VPNs for a full discussion on this issue. Please remember that VPNs provide privacy – but not anonymous torrenting.


You should always use a killswitch for secure torrenting. This will prevent your downloads from continuing and thus exposing your real IP address if the VPN fails in some way. An increasingly large number of VPNs offer a kill switch as standard.

Reactive firewalls detect when a VPN connection drops and cut off your internet access to prevent your IP from being exposed. The better kind are firewall-based. These use firewall rules to prevent the possibility any connection outside the VPN tunnel.

Note that even some firewall-based ones only operate while the VPN app is working, and will, therefore, stop working if the app crashes. Others use Windows/Mac built-in firewall – this is good because they will continue to work even if the VPN app crashes, but might cause issues if you use a third party firewall.

Port forwarding

As already discussed, port forwarding can be an important feature if the VPN uses a NAT firewall.


The faster your internet connection, the faster your torrents will download. Using a VPN will slow down your internet speeds, but if you connect to server geographically nearby this overhead should be minimal.

For privacy purposes, however, if you live in a country where they are (such as the UK) it is probably best to connect to a VPN server located in a country that does not require VPNs to keep logs.

We take VPN speed seriously here at BestVPN.com. We extensively test every service we review to make sure we give you the most accurate representation of VPN speed. For more information on our comprehensive speed tests, click the link.

The Best Torrent VPNs for 2018

If you’re looking for the best VPNs to use for torrenting in 2018, you’re in luck. We get into the nitty gritty below, taking a look at our top 5 choices and what makes them such good VPNs for torrenting.

BestVPN Editor's Choice Award


Buffered Homepage
  • Special Offer: 49% off today!
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  • No Usage Logs - Total Privacy!
  • High-Speed Servers
  • Firewall based killswitch
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Six Simultaneous Connections
  • 24/7 Live Chat Support
  • Not the cheapest but worth it

Buffered is the best VPN for torrenting. Located in Gibraltar, it keeps no usage logs and uses shared IPs, which makes it impossible for anyone to identify the user. It is consistently rated in the fastest VPNs that we test, so their speeds are great, and has a firewall based kill switch, which is the best method for protecting dropped VPN connections.

In addition, our Buffered review found they offer a generous six simultaneous connections and compatibility with plenty of platforms. This means that you can use the VPN to torrent on just about any device you own. Other perks of the Gibraltar provider include servers in 46+ countries worldwide and a sweet port discovery feature for public WiFi, a techie feature that no other VPN has.

Support is 24/7 live chat, so any problems you can reach them quickly, and a generous 30 day moneyback guarantee if you don’t like anything and want a refund.

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2nd Place


CyberGhost Homepage
  • Special Offer: 77% off 2-year plans!
  • Private: Great logs policy
  • Based in Romania so no government spying!
  • Good looking and easy-to-use software: Five simultaneous connections
  • Friendly 24/7 Live Chat support
  • Peer-to-peer (P2P) torrenting allowed
  • Could be faster

CyberGhost‘s software is easy-to-use while also being veryfully featured. It usesvery strong encryption, and 5 simultaneous connections is generous. Being based in Romania and keeping no meaningful logs is also a big draw.

CyberGhost’s great logging policy, decent local (burst) speeds, and fully featured software are a winning combination. And witha 7-day free premium trial plus 30-day no-quibble money back guarantee, there is zero reason not to give it a whirl.

3rd Place


ExpressVPN Homepage
  • Special Offer: 49% off today!
  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • Good privacy - no usage logs
  • Servers in 94 countries
  • Supports multiple devices – up to three simultaneous connections
  • Great customer service
  • Torrenting allowed
  • A bit pricey - but worth it!

Although ExpressVPN does keep some connection logs, it’s based in the British Virgin Islands. This means it can happily protect your privacy with little fear of legal retribution.

If you’re using a VPN for more than just torrenting, ExpressVPN is a great choice (in fact, it hit #1 on our list of top VPNs in 2018). Performance is ridiculously fast. Customer service is excellent. And its 30-day genuinely no-quibble money back guarantee really is all it claims to be.

It also offers powerful but easy-to-use apps for Windows, OSX, Linux (command line), iOS, and Android, plus custom router firmware. ExpressVPN operates stealth servers in Hong Kong to defeat not just the Great Firewall of China but internet censorship everywhere.

Additional features: free SmartDNS.

Give it a test drive with that genuinely quibble-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

4th Place


PrivateVPN Homepage
  • Winner "Best Value VPN" - BestVPN.com Awards 2018
  • Seven-day money-back guarantee
  • Servers in 29 countries
  • Strong OpenVPN
  • Keeps no logs
  • Cheap pricing
  • No built-in DNS leak protection

When it comes to VPNs for torrenting, PrivateVPN is one of the most budget-friendly options, ringing in at only $3.60 per month for an annual plan + 5-months free (17-month subscription). The low cost doesn't mean it sacrifices security: it boasts a strict no logs policy, strong encryption, and a built-in killswitch. It also has other attractive features such as servers in 29 countries, six simultaneous connections, and super fast connections.

The major downside to using PrivateVPN for torrenting is that it has no built-in DNS leak protection. However, after extensive testing we didn't detect any DNS leaks, so its software seems up to the job.

5th Place


PrivateInternetAccess Homepage
  • No logs – proved in court!
  • Cheap
  • Accepts Bitcoin
  • Great OpenVPN encryption
  • Client features kill switch and DNS leak protection
  • US based company
  • Apple users not so impressed

PIA is based in the US, so is not a provider for the more NSA-phobic out there. However, it keeps no logs, which is a claim that it has proved in court! And although optional, its security can be first rate. Its desktop software supports multiple security options, a VPN kill switch, DNS leak protection, and port forwarding.

Up to 5 simultaneous connections are permitted. Its Android client is almost as good, and PIA boasts great connection speeds. P2P is permited on all servers located 29 countries. And unlike many VPNs, PIA alows torrenting on its US severs.

Conclusion: Best Torrent VPN

Torrenting is anything but private, so if you value privacy while torrenting (and you really should!) then using a VPN is a total no-brainer. All the VPN listed above will keep you nice and safe!

Douglas Crawford
March 21st, 2018

I am a freelance writer, technology enthusiast, and lover of life who enjoys spinning words and sharing knowledge for a living. You can now follow me on Twitter - @douglasjcrawf.

72 responses to “5 Best VPNs for Torrents & Torrenting in 2018

  1. vu says:

    i got buffered but now i wish that I realized it does not have a kill switch, hopefully they will add it as they are still new

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi vu,

      Buffered tells us that it is developing a new client that does indeed include a kill switch. It is due for release in around 2 weeks (“hopefully”).

  2. David Craig says:

    How do rate IPVanish?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi David,

      please check out our IPVanish Review.

  3. Mark says:

    How come you don’t take into consideration that some of the top 5 don’t offer port forwarding (e.g., nordvpn and expressvpn). Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t port forwarding sometimes important for being connectable and maintaining good torrenting speeds? I find on some private trackers I can’t download torrents that have many seeders, which I assume is because I’m not connectable.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Mark,

      The BestVPN team’s group decision on Port Forwarding was that its practical benefits are not clear enough to be considered a major factor when choosing a torrenting VPN, and that other factors, such as speed, customer support, strong privacy policies, etc., are more important.

    2. Johan says:

      That’s not correct. I you’re a member of a private tracker website where seeding (sharing) is a necessary thing to keep your ratio up, not having port forwarding means the chances of being able to seed are minimal. I’ve just experienced this by using ExpressVPN for a couple of weeks now. And I’m thinking of switching to AirVPN, because they do offer port forwarding.

      1. Douglas Crawford says:

        Hi Johan,

        Hmm. I always seed everything to at least a 1:1 ratio and have never needed to use port forwarding to do this…

  4. Yoel says:


    I remember about a year back that ExpressVPN was ranked number 1 on this list for torrenting, and now it’s number 3. Did something happen that ExpressVPN is not as good as it was? Or did the other VPNs just become better?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Yoel,

      ExpressVPN is as good as it ever was. We do reassess our rankings on a regular basis, however, in order to take account of improvements in other services (Buffered in particular has improved its service) and to recognize that there are a lot of good services out there (so its only fair to shuffle things round a bit now and again in order to give good services the recognition they deserve!).

  5. Norman says:

    I cannot find in AirVPN’s website information about in which country it is registered and in which country its website data and emails are hosted physically. AirVPN only states that it is based in the European Union.

    I find this a bit strange because the above are basic information which everyone looking for an VPN provider will want to know and in other VPN providers’ websites such information is readily available and can be easily found. You have any idea why AirVPN is so secret about such information?

    Do you know where AirVPN is registered and where its website data and emails are hosted physically?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Norman,

      AirVPN is based in Italy. According to its ToS:

      “13) GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION. This Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the Regulation 593/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union and under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and the courts in Italy. You hereby consent and submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any action. ”

      As I note in my AirVPN Review:

      “Another potential issue is that AirVPN is based in Italy, a member of the Fourteen Eyes spying alliance that cooperates with the NSA and GCHQ. This is defiantly not ideal, and Italy is also not very friendly when it comes to copyright piracy.

      On the other hand, though, even before the EU Data Retention Directive was declared invalid by the European Court of Justice on human rights grounds, Italian VPN providers were not required to keep any logs. AirVPN says if any such demands were ever made of it by any EU country it operates in, it would bring the case in front of the ECJ.”

  6. Eddie Yu says:

    Hi Doug,

    I’m considering to use VPNArea as recommended by you.

    In your reply to Jo Jo dated October 19, 2016, you said “…..VPNArea relies quite heavily on VPS instances in order to offer the number of server locations it does. Whether this is a problem is your call ….. “.

    What does this mean? What is VPS? What is the problem of VPNArea relying quite heavily on VPS instances?


    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Eddie,

      A VPS is Virtual Private Sever – space rented on a cloud server. Almost all VPN providers use servers rented from third party cloud providers in order to offer IP addresses around the world. Using bare metal servers, however, is considered much secure than using VPSs. This means that the entir servers is rented from the cloud provider, and is maintained entirely by the VPN provider. Full disk encryption is standard practice for bare metal servers. When it comes to VPNArea, this comment was made on the basis of something VPNArea told me quite some time ago. I must admit that that I am no longer sure it is true (or if it ever was, is now). VPNArea is a good service, and will protect you when torrenting.

  7. Sue says:

    Hello, I would like to find out if you have a review on VPN unlimited. They offer lifetime subscription as well as Pure VPN. I like streaming videos and file sharing.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Sue,

      Please check out our VPN Unlimited Review. Note that this service does not permit downloading of copyrighted material.

  8. Christian says:

    This is a great site to know a good list of VPN’s, I use AstrillVPN for torrenting and it is
    also reliable like express that I use before but my subscription is over so I try different VPN. I’ve been using AstrillVPN for about 2 weeks and so far I don’t have any issue’s while downloading, playing online games and surfing the internet.

  9. Bob G says:

    Thanks for all the great VPN info. I’ve heard the Torguard is supposed to be a good VPN for torrenting (fast, secure, anonymous), but I didn’t see any mention of it here. What’s your opinion?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Bob,

      We have a TorGuard Review, but IMO reviewer Dmitri (who is not longer with us) is somewhat off the mark. I think that TorGuard offers a good service overall. It is a little on the pricey side, strong encryption is only available on a very limited number of servers (and could be better even there, although this might have changed since I last looked), and the software is very basic (even the Viscosity license adds only moderate improvements for most users). But it balances these flaws with a great attitude to privacy (despite it being fundamentally a US company and therefore subject to NSA tampering), and very good performance (although this can drop badly at peak times).

  10. Lux says:

    Hi Douglas,

    I really appreciate all the info you have provided on your site. Excellent read and excellent recommendations especially for VPN providers who allow P2P/torrenting. For the last 5 months I have been using VPNSecure as my VPN provider and I must say they are pretty good in general but also for P2P/torrenting. But I am considering a change because they are based in Australia and especially because data retention law has gone active Down Under. VPN.Asia is my next pick. Could you provide your thought about that provider? Your review from 2015 was really positive about them.

    Thanks a lot.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Lux,

      I am not personally familiar with VPN.Asia, I’m afarid, but as you say, our review of the service is very positive (and Charles is an excellent reviewer, so his word should be trusted). Indeed, a quick glance at the highlights of VPN.Asia looks great- based in Belize, no logs at all, great OpenVPN encryption, and decent speed test results. So looks like a winner!

  11. Grim Echo says:

    Are there any documented legal actions that PIA, NordVPN, or ExpressVPN have been involved in? I think that these companies can claim whatever they want on their websites and in their EULAs, but it would take them being threatened with an actual legal action to test their claims.

    I would love to see a report showing that either the government or other corporations attempted to obtain access to the VPN providers data and were unsuccessful, either because the data really didn’t exist, or because the provider didn’t corporate.

    Does anyone remember the highly-praised and well reviewed hush mail (operating out of Canada). The business supposedly did not keep copies of the encryption keys for customer’s email accounts. They stated that if you lost or forgot your passphrase, then there was no possible way to recover the data. Yet, “Hushmail turned over cleartext copies of private email messages associated with several addresses at the request of law enforcement agencies under a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the United States.;[12] e.g. in the case of U.S. v. Tyler Stumbo. In addition, the contents of emails between Hushmail addresses were analyzed, and 12 CDs were turned over to U.S. authorities. ” [wikipedia]. The legal case and the technicalities of it have been fairly well documented in other places.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Grim Echo,

      Yes, the Hushmail case was unsettling. PIA, at least, has proved its privacy chops. Last year it successfully resisted resisted an FBI subpoena demanding that it hand over details about a hoax bomb suspect on the grounds that it kept no logs, and therefore had nothing to give the FBI. From my soon-to-be-published 5 Best No Logs VPNs article:

      How Do We Know a VPN Can Be Trusted?

      A VPN company may say it keeps no logs, but how can we know this is true? The short answer is that we can’t. However, your ISP is definitely logging your data and has no reason whatsoever not to share it with whoever asks (or sell it!)

      Most VPN companies’ business model, on the other hand, relies on offering privacy. Failure to protect their customers’ privacy would be a commercial disaster. So it comes down to a matter of trust: do you trust your ISP (lol hysterically!) or a reputable VPN company that is in the business of providing privacy?

      Also, if that VPN company is based in another country, then it has very little incentive whatsoever to hand over the data it does have when asked. This should preferably be one with as few political and/or legal links to yours as possible.

      Self Interest

      Another point to consider is that the more logs a VPN company keeps, the weaker its position when it comes to handling legal demands. A no logs VPN provider can, on receipt of a National Security Letter, subpoena, or court order, honestly turn around and say, “sorry, we are happy to help in every way we can, but we have nothing to give you.”

      This will put it in a much stronger position than a company that keeps logs and whose staff then have to decide between betraying their customers (and therefore destroying the reputation of their business) and facing legal action. Just remember that no VPN company staff member will be willing to go to jail to protect your privacy!

      So keeping no logs is the safest thing (from a purely selfish standpoint) any company that is even half-way serious about privacy can do!

      Here at BestVPN.com we are investigating ways to independently audit the claims made by VPN companies. This is a fledgling project, and will require broad cooperation from across the VPN industry. We are hopeful that we can leverage our influential position in order to improve standards and bring about increased transparency in this burgeoning industry.”

  12. KM says:

    Have an iPhone and iPad as does my wife plus MacBook Pro. Want protection in free wifi space e.g. Airports, and to protect financial info., any health data on devices or emails I send to doctors, security for bank and investment bank web sites on devices, etc. some but limited tech ability. Loads to emails on aol, hotmail, etc. what service do you recommend? Thanks

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi KM,

      In terms of ease of use, customer support, speed, and all-round professionalism, you can’t go wrong with ExpressVPN.

  13. Douglas Crawford says:

    Hi R.E Prter,

    Your point being? This articles is about best VPN services for P2P, and all of these are are good for P2P (VPN Area limits P2P to some servers, but I don’t consider this to be a problem). Whether an service is based in a Fourteen Eyes country etc. is simply not relevant here. There is no such thing as “perfect” VPN service, but we do list most of the negatives you quote, either in the these summaries or in our reviews. It is also worth noting that your information is not all correct. ExpressVPN, for example, uses very strong encryption by default (OpenVPN with AES-256 cipher, RSA-4096 handshake, and SHA-512 HMAC hash authentication. Perfect Forward Secrecy is provided courtesy of ECDH key exchanges for data channel encryption).

  14. Amok says:

    I am curious why Private Internet Access is not mentioned here?

    Is imho one of the cheapest, at least more cheaper then any of the above mentioned here, and works like a charm. The support is good too.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Amok,

      PIA is indeed a very good service. I personally only stopped using it because I became uneasy about it being a US company in the wake of Ed Snowden’s revelations. But we can only pick 5 services for these lists. I definitely think PIA deserves an honorable mention, however.

  15. Prakash says:

    HI Douglas,

    Need a faster VPN service for torrenting only , as in my country(India) torrent sites browsing & downloading has been banned recently.

    Can you please suggest me 1-2 good VPN service with decent price range.?
    (I’ve download speed of 3-4mbps at Utorrent(usually 1-2mbps average but with some local peers it reaches 3-4mbps))


    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Prakesh,

      NordVPN can be rather slow, but other than that, the services listed above are all good recommendations and cover pretty much the full spectrum when it comes to pricing.

      1. Iceman says:

        Barring ExpressVPN , are the others in the list big names ? In other words , will they be around for one year ( assuming one takes annual membership) and not go down ?

        1. Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi Iceman,

          Short answer: yes. Longer answer: ExpressVPN, AirVPN and IPvanish are all well-established companies that have been around for years now. VPNArea area and Buffered are smaller and newer, but both have been going for around three years.

  16. mallahata says:

    im planning to buy private internet access but i wanna ask if its good for torrents and i live in middle east and all ports are closes thats why i consider pia over nord vpn since it has port forwarding feature what do u think is best for me pia or nord ? my isp throlls my speed much and it annoys me especially at torrenting thats why need an advice what to choose between both of them

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi mallahata,

      Yes. I would day that PIA us a good choice, for precisely the reason you mention. And NordVPN can be rather slow.

      1. mallahata says:

        thank u very much its just seen some reviews that says pia slow and stuff that why got confused between it and nord vpn but yet over all nord is much slower since it has double encryption and tor over vpn feature thats probably bad for downloaders like me since i have low internet speed i have like 400-900 kb download speed only since im in a poor country

        1. Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi mallahata,

          I’m afraid that NordVPN can be slow even when double encryption or tor over VPN are not used.

    2. Nick says:

      Hey mallahata, I was a customer by PIA but i did found out that the Servers PIA is using are some dark net and fishy Servers used by other people too. This doesnt means that PIA is in any way connected to those matters, but I would hate to see that I connect my computer to a VPN, in order to hide my IP and protect my data from the goverment or from data companies and then join and be part in a server that is being used for DarkNet activities, such as pedophiles, drugs etc.

      When I contacted the customer support and gave them the IPs and Servers in Netherlands they wanted, they refunded and gave me my money back. It sucks to be a bitcoin farming machine. Cheap is not always good.

      Consider some extensive research before choosing imho.


  17. kimberlikristin says:

    For Torrenting and streaming i would say Ivacy Vpn is really good. I have been using it and til date its working great. This Black Friday they are offering 1 year free with 1 year subscription for $1.50/mo. I think that’s a pretty good deal with some really good features such as
    200+ Servers in 100+ Locations
    P2P Optimized Servers with Unlimited Bandwidth
    5 Multi-Logins
    Split Tunneling
    Internet Kill Switch
    Live Chat Support
    Unlimited Data Transfer and Server Switching
    And also supports different devices such as

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi kimberlikristin,

      We have an Ivacy Review.

  18. anonemoose says:

    VPNArea does a perfect job with P2P. They have plenty of servers to choose from to torrent with. They have stated some servers don’t like torrenting and don’t allow VPNArea’s users to torrent with (Probably due to copyright strikes they keep getting). The servers are marked and still there are plenty of other servers that allow torrenting.

  19. Peter says:

    Again, what a dishonest review, no offence. Or at least skewed.

    You put it as a con that VPNArea runs VPS instances (which also makes logging easy, despite the “no-logging” claims btw) and then you list AirVPNs con as “not enough locations”, EVEN THOUGH most of these services should be downgraded, as most of them use VPS instances! Air doesn’t, though. If you went to the trouble of checking all the services you review, with an eye towards VPS-use, most VPN services on your site would get the same con as VPNArea did.

  20. Lamptable says:

    PIA VPN says it has a kill switch but when I tried to activate it I was advised not to use it as it reset my configuration, So why advertise it?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Lamptable,

      The problem with the PIA kill switch is that following a VPN disconnect, the VPN client does not attempt to reconnect the VPN or to reset your computer’s DNS settings back to their defaults. This is a bit of a pain in the butt, but it is not difficult to reset your DNS settings manually. I therefore do not consider the issue to be a fatal flaw.

  21. Quinn says:

    Anything kind free? I want to know what’s good for torrenting but I am on a limited income so I can’t afford one more than 4.99 a month. I currently have Unblock-Us but it doesn’t hide my IPS. I use it for Hulu as I am not based in America.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Quinn,

      Betternet is a free service that permits torrenting (in fact it is the only free one I know of to allow this). Far better, however, would be pay for an annual subscription with AirVPN or VPNArea – these come in at under $5 per month…

      1. Nick says:

        Can it be that Betternet isnt “free”, maybe for the user, but they are selling the data to third parties? Or they are using your machine/IP for mining?

        1. Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi Nick,

          Please see my Betternet Review, in which its funding model concerned me enough to add a “How does Betternet make money?” section. This is not something I usually do. I concluded,

          Hmm. Perhaps I am being over-suspicious, but Betternet’s funding model worries me a little…

          A recent paper outlining how how insecure many free Android apps are, which I discuss in this article, singles Betternet out by name,

          “Since most VPN apps intend to provide online anonymity, the lower presence of tracking libraries is actually meaningful. However, we identified the presence of at least one tracking library in 75% of the free VPN apps claiming to protect users’ privacy. 8% of all VPN apps have more than five. In particular, two VPN apps (Flash Free VPN and Betternet), which combined have more than 6M installs, have the highest number of embedded tracking libraries: 11 and 14 respectively.

          So yes, I think what you are suggesting is entirely possible.

  22. Dan Lokemoen says:

    I just installed and used VPNArea. I had several issues.
    1) I got disconnected approximately every twenty minutes and there is no automatic reconnect setting.
    2) When I disconnected from their VPN, their client was supposed to kill my internet connection. They provide two options to do this, neither of them worked.
    3) Their “safe” DNS setting connected me to my ISP’s (Comcast) DNS servers (which are not safe).
    4) Their app attempts to uninstall from the default location instead of the actual installation location, which implies a) you might have difficulties uninstalling their client, and b) their software engineers suck.

    So, even though all your site does is find “the best” VPN’s, you recommended a truly shitty one to me.

    What the fk?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Dan,

      Hmm. Definitely seems something is wrong. For Windows, VPNArea uses a custom version of the Viscosity OpenVPN client, which has always worked fine for me. Have you contacted VPNArea’s support about your problems? I have always found it to be very keen to assist…

    2. Dimitry from VPNArea says:

      @Dan Lokemoen

      – There is automatic reconnection setting in “Settings”
      – Killswitch does work, tested by thousands of users.
      – Did you actually put different DNS servers in the “Anti DNS Leak” section? The “Anti-DNS Leak” section is tested by thousands of our users and it Works perfectly. It also has “Extra DNS Leak protection” setting that prevents the special DNS leak in Windows 10 Home.

      We asked you for more information regarding the issues you described so that we can guide you through fixing them but we received no reply.

  23. JoJo says:

    Nord VPN vs VPN Area which would you choose? Which is faster and best for torrenting? I like the idea of VPN Area’s Anti DNS, ipv6, and web rtc leaks. I also like the level of encryption on Nord. Thoughts?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi JoJo,

      They are both good services. The main problem with NordVPN is that many of its servers can be slow. Fast ones do exist, but some trial and error is needed to find them. VPNArea relies quite heavily on VPS instances in order to offer the number of server locations it does. Whether this is a problem is your call (I’m pretty sure NordVPN also does this).

  24. Just a VPN guy says:

    Anyone using NordVPN to torrent? They are a good option to torrent?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Just a VPN guy,

      NordVPN should be fine for torrenting.

  25. David says:

    You state that AirVPN doesn’t have many servers worldwide. From what I can tell they have a LOT of servers. PrivacyTools.io lists 162 servers. While not the most, it seems to be a large number. How many servers sis your higher-rated VPNs have?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi David,

      I meant to say that AirVPN offers servers is an a fairly limited number of locations worldwide (15). Compare this to ExpressVPN which offers servers in 87 countries, and IPVanish which offers servers in 60+ counties. AirVPN does have much greater control over its own network than most providers, however, and is therefore more secure. It all depends on what you want out of a VPN service. I have modified the text to clarify that I refer to server locations rather than total number of servers per se.

  26. xp says:

    Doug – your link to TorrentFreak’s Speculative Invoicing Handbook does not work!
    TF claims there’s nothing there, even if you use TF’s own search function it also faikls to locate any such item (other similar download links from other sites for downloading this same resource also provide the same failure-result.)

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi xp,

      Hmm. That is certainly interesting – it is the link address provided by TorrentFreak itself in this article. Anyway, a copy of it can be found here (and I have updated the link in the article). Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

  27. Mic says:

    What about CyberGhost ? Is it good too ?

  28. MV says:

    Than i wish them good luck taking me and de rest of the 500.000 people in this country to court! They will never do that…

  29. MV says:

    Hi Douglas,
    UK has stricter policy on piracy.
    In the Netherlands they will not so fast target downloaders.
    They also don’t like restrictions on internet like blocking certain sites….

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi MV,

      I know that :). Dutch law allows the copying of material for personal (non-profit) purposes, but this has been ruled illegal by the European Court of Justice. You are still relatively safe downloading stuff for personal use in the Netherlands, but this does not mean that you cannot be taken to court by copyright holders (or persecuted by copyright trolls).

  30. MV says:

    For only downloading torrents, i’m not scared to have no VPN!
    VPN gets important when you start uploading torrents and also when you are seeding
    files for really long periods!
    But maybe i’m naive to think that nothing’s wrong!
    In the Netherlands they recently began targeting the big time uploaders of copyright material.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi MV,

      It’s up to you to assess the risk, but I think you are being over-complacent. Certainly here I the UK I would not feel comfortable downloading without a VPN!

    2. Macara says:

      In France is not true, I don’t upload files ou torrents but still my identity was caught by the french government because I have downloading some stuffs. So now I’m looking for a VPN. So be careful.

  31. Joseph says:

    Express VPN is mostly recommended nearly everywhere and why are they more highly recommended over Private Internet Access when it seams that PIA has more security features? More IPs to choose from doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. I’m looking for a good VPN but due to the fact that PIA is US based am not confident in them eventually ever tracking you. I heard people have been caught torrenting downloading using their service which doesn’t give me much confidence in them. I am also not confident with a non US based service either as I hear a lot of over seas services are not trustworthy, and that the US are not restricted to go after data. I have been doing a lot of reading and want the very best no logging VPN service. I am a little skeptic as to which is the best VPN to use for total privacy.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi joseph,

      People use VPNs for various reasons. Our research shows that ExpressVPN ticks just the right boxes for a great many of our users. It is very easy to use, has excellent performance, has great customer service, and its 30-day genuinely no-quibble money back guarantee is a doozy. It is not the most secure or privacy-focused VPN service out there, but it is secure and private enough for most VPN users’ needs. Personally I would not use a US-based VPN service because I simply cannot believe they are not compromised by the NSA. This is one reason why I stopped using PIA.

  32. A says:

    Great site…just a quick question…
    If ExpressVPN keeps some logs, how is it number one on the torrenting friendly list? Shouldn’t this list be similar to a no-log list? I’m in Canada by the way.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi A,

      ExpressVPN will protect users from copyright holders (being based in the British Virgin Islands helps with this). If you are worried about the NSA or GCHQ, you should choose a genuinely no logs provider, however.

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