Last week, we reported on some difficulties with torrents not downloading via VPNs. While this is not uncommon, VPNs should be reliable tools for preventing torrenting privacy breaches.
In other words, hiding torrenting behavior using a VPN is straightforward. As a result, not being able to torrent while utilizing a VPN becomes problematic for many people.
Enable the kill switch
When torrenting, you should always ensure that your VPN’s kill switch is turned on. The reason for this is simple. Your VPN connection might be disrupted at any moment, and you’d have no idea about it.
Your PC will revert to its insecure connection, and the torrent will continue downloading as normal. Except that now your ISP knows everything about you, including your torrenting habits.
When the VPN connection drops, the kill switch instantly disconnects access to your regular Internet connection. As long as the VPN client is active, you will be unable to reconnect using your unsecured link.
Some VPNs include system-wide kill switches that remain functional even after the VPN client shuts down.
Finally, it is entirely up to you whether or not you would want such a feature on your PC, but we strongly suggest that you enable it if your VPN supports it.
Connect to a P2P server
Some VPNs had some legal issues regarding consumers who engaged in P2P activities (ahem, torrenting). As a result, certain nations have requested that P2P traffic be disabled.
In response, certain VPN providers complied with the request. It is not to be considered a violation of freedom or privacy, but rather as a half-measure.
Unlike other VPNs, IPVanish allows you to access geo-restricted content by encrypting and routing your traffic through a network of servers. You’ll get the same level of protection and privacy as before, but you won’t be able to torrent. That is reasonable since most VPNs have many more servers than those that block P2P connections
So, to get back on track: verify that your VPN allows P2P connections (torrenting) before purchasing a subscription and, if possible, select P2P-enabled servers from the client’s server list.
Check for Leaks
Even if you’re using a VPN, you could still suffer from leaks. If your ISP has P2P restrictions in place, a leaking VPN can put you in a bind.
Use one of these online services to check and see if your VPN leaks:
Your ISP will be able to see through your VPN’s protection, and you might be fined. If your favorite tracker website is located near a bay, for example. That area is where pirates congregate. Don’t make me say it again.
You get the idea. Even if your VPN does not leak, stay away from suspicious sites. If your ISP has a lot of creativity when it comes to tracking your Internet usage, particularly if they’re not breaking any laws, you might be surprised.
- Go to your Control Panel
- Go to Start Menu and start searching for it. Click on the Open Network and Sharing Center icon.
- Select the Settings button next to the VPN connection you wish to change.
To select a connection, right-click it.
Make sure your VPN software is set to Disabled. If you’re not sure whether or on what protocols your browser is enabled, try disabling it and comparing the results. If Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) isn’t disabled, do so on your VPN connection.
Although numerous VPNs don’t yet offer full IPv6 protection, it’s not because they aren’t capable of doing so. As a result, your connection might leak unsecured IPv6 data to your ISP, which it may use to throttle torrenting traffic.
Even if your VPN offers IPv6 protection, you should take it with a grain of salt. Try turning off IPv6 support, reconnecting to a VPN server, and then restarting your torrent client.
In the end, I’ll say a few words about torrents not downloading with a VPN.
If you’re having trouble using torrenting services when utilizing a VPN client, don’t be alarmed yet. First and foremost, make sure your VPN supports torrenting traffic.
If you continue to have problems after following the troubleshooting steps in this article, there’s a good chance it’s due to an issue with your VPN/system setup. Whether it’s because of a leaky VPN, a non-P2P server, or your system leaking IPv6 data to your ISP, these issues are straightforward to fix.
Last but not least, stay away from shady torrenting websites.