The world of torrents and downloading can come with a backlash. There are many agencies and enforcement groups that seek to take down torrent websites and find out information on those who are using and contributing to the torrent streams. While torrents are not illegal, people who benefit from their downloads do not want to have unnecessary hassle and stress.
Due to this increase in anti-torrent activity, many users are looking at ways to hide their identity and personal information from such agencies. New programs, apps, and technologies are being created constantly to disguise your true identity and enable torrents to be downloaded anonymously.
A VPN is the perfect and ideal way to protect your identity and hide your actual location. This is the most effective way to download torrents anonymously and is widely used by members of the bit Torrent community. A VPN will basically divert your internet traffic through a different server and hide your IP address from the public.
Considered one of the most private ways to share files and a service that has been available for many years (The technology has been available for 30 years!), Usenet is tried and tested. The only drawback is that there are no free options available so you will need some form of paid subscription.
This is one of the many proxy services available that will hide your IP address from the public. This service works on all major devices (Mac, Linux, Windows), and also includes encryption tunnel software for added security. This service has the added bonus in that it is specifically designed to work with Bit Torrent.
A Seedbox is not something you plan seeds in… It is the term for a dedicated high-speed torrent downloading server. Combining high transfer speeds and also IP-address hiding capabilities, using a Seedbox can be a very effective way to download torrent anonymously.
Another service similar to BTGuard, TorrentPrivacy is a proxy service that offers modified uTorrent client with all the settings pre-configured to ensure your privacy. This service has been operative for more than two years but is only available on windows platforms.
Anomos is a free multi-platform service for Bit Torrent users, and is based on a peer/tracker concept and also uses encryption throughout the download process to ensure great depths of security and anonymity. A major drawback to using Anomos is the fact that the torrent files are proprietary, also the downloads speeds can be quite slow.
As you can see, there are many ways in which you can conceal your identity when downloading torrents. There are other solutions available, but the above services are generally accepted as the main options, with VPN being the most used and reliable method.
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