Free torrent VPN is not easy to find these days and for good reasons. The costs for maintaining such a service are high and even some of the premium VPNs ban the P2P traffic. So, is there such thing as free torrent VPN? Let’s find out.
What is a Torrent VPN?
A torrent VPN is a VPN service that you may use for downloading torrents. The main reason for using torrent VPN is anonymizing your online identity and hiding your public IP address. Another reason is to avoid bandwidth throttling and use the full capacity of your regular Internet connection.
It is important to underline that not all VPN providers accept P2P/torrent traffic. Only top providers are willing to spend lots of money for powerful servers capable to handle torrent traffic and provide large bandwidth. Also, torrent VPN providers have to handle DMCA complaints and abuse reports from different organisations that are monitoring the P2P downloads. Some of the VPN providers are simply not willing to.
Torrent VPN main features
In order to be able to use it for downloading torrents a VPN has to fulfill several important requirements.
Probably the main criteria when it comes to torrent VPN is speed. It has to be as high as possible in order to have decent download/uploads rates.
The closer the VPN server, the greater speed. At least in theory. Anyway, a good (free) torrent VPN provider should have P2P servers on all continents in order to provide good connections to users all over the World.
The KillSwitch mechanism prevents the exposure of your real IP address in case of unwanted VPN disconnects. Thus, when the VPN drops the Internet connection is disabled or the torrent application is closed preventing any undesired leaks. This is a must for all heavy downloaders. A nice-to-have feature is the VPN auto-reconnect.
Examples of torrent VPN providers
In a previous post I have listed several premium torrent VPN services, provided more details on each of them and explained why there are good for P2P/torrent downloads. From that list I am strongly recommend NordVPN, ibVPN and PIA. Another plus for these providers is that they are also offering access to SOCKS5 proxies.
Are there free torrent VPNs?
Let’s take another look to the Torrent VPN main features I have listed above: speed, servers all over the World and KillSwitch. Can this be achieved by a free VPN provider? In my opinion it is unlikely. Even if the VPN service is monetized by ads, the revenue would not cover the servers costs and bandwidth. A heavy torrent user would simply setup the downloads and let the computer running for hours, even days. How many times would such a user click on ads?
Another scenario is the one when a VPN provider is launching their services and offers free accounts to build a name and reputation. Unfortunately, I have not heard of such services for a while.
Instead, I have encountered sometime ago a free VPN service that was saying loud and clear that was selling the user data to ad (to be read “spam”) agencies. Would you use such a service as your free torrent VPN provider?
Do you know any free torrent VPN providers?
This question is for you. If you do, please share their names in the comments below and let our readers know about them.