Welcome to another edition of VPN Test Drive, brought to you by Today we’re going to show you how to use uTorrent anonymously.
uTorrent, as you know, is one of the most popular bit torrent clients in the world. But some people probably don’t want their IP addresses publicly broadcast to anyone with an INTERNET connection. We’ll show you what we mean. This is a peer list for a file we were downloading unblocked torrent. You can easily access this by clicking on the torrent file, and then clicking on the ‘Peers’ tab below.
As you can see, it shows the full IP address of everybody involved in the torrent swarm at this moment. Now we’ve blurred out the last digits of the IP addresses for privacy, but you can see what we mean. Now this was a fully legal torrent that was distributed under the creative commons license, but even so, you probably wouldn’t want your IP address being broadcast to a bunch of strangers.
That’s why you use a unblocked torrent proxy or a VPN service. Because the IP address that appears in the swarm is not your own. It’s the IP of the proxy or VPN services’ server. There are 2 different tools you can use to stay anonymous on uTorrent. A VPN, and a Proxy.
Though they both accomplish similar things, they each work a little bit differently. So we’re going to look at them 1 by
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1. The tool that you’re probably the most familiar with is a VPN (or Virtual Private Network). Nowadays this is a simple 1-click solution where you basically select whichever server you want to connect to from the software, and then click ‘Connect.’ This will wrap your entire unblocked torrent connection in a protected VPN tunnel, and route all your data through a 3rd party server. When you do this, your torrent traffic and your web traffic will all originate from the same IP address – The IP address of the VPN server.
A Proxy works a little bit differently. Instead of routing all of your internet traffic through the 3rd-party server, it just lets you route 1 program or protocol through the server. In this case, your uTorrent traffic. This is actually pretty useful.
Alot of bittorrent users want to route their torrent proxies traffic through a server in a country like The Netherlands or Romania, but there’s a lot of reasons why you wouldn’t want your web browsing going through that country: You don’t want Google results from Romania, and you probably still want access to your streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora…which might be geo blocked in other countries. Another major difference between VPNs and Proxies is that all VPN’s (by definition) encrypt your data in-transit. Most proxy servers do not offer encryption. Encryption is what prevents your internet provider from reading your traffic and slowing down your torrent downloads.
Fortunately, uTorrent actually has a built in feature that lets you encrypt your proxy connections quickly and easily. We’re going to show you how to do that when we go into our full uTorrent setup. Let’s do it now. Now before you can set up uTorrent to be used anonymously, it’s critical that you have a tool that will let you test whether your anonymization settings are working….and will show you your IP address from the viewpoint of your torrent client. Fortunately there’s a great tool brought to you by a company called ‘Torguard.’ That we can download now. It’s free. YOu can get it by going to VPNTOPTEN.COM/CHECKIP and then you scroll to the bottom and click on ‘check your torrent IP’.
And all we have to do is download this little tool…and it’s basically (we’re going to open it with uTorrent here) it’s just a torrent file. And if we go into our downloads here, and you go into ‘Trackers’ it will show you your current IP address right here from the perspective of the uTorrent client.
Alright, so let’s set up our proxy. You have to go to Options Menu, and then ‘preferences’ or you can just hit ‘Ctrl+P’ and you want to go to the ‘Connections’ tab right here. For our proxy service today we’re going to be using ‘Private Internet Access.’ We’re a big fan of them for uTorrent for a couple reasons. First of all, they don’t keep any logs and they allow torrents on all servers. And, if you buy their VPN service for $40 per year, they throw in free proxy service. For free. You can check them out by going to vpntopten.com/pia (we’ll have the link up there) or by visiting their website directly.
Let’s start in this top section here. These are our recommended settings. We recommend you keep everything checked except ‘Enable uPnP.’
The reason is: there’s a security flaw that hasn’t been fixed in a lot of routers (except the ones that have come out this year) so…better safe than sorry. Leave that one unchecked unless things aren’t working. Ok, let’s set up our proxy server. You’re going to select your proxy server ‘type’. And it’s going to be ‘Socks5.’
And the address for private internet access is:
‘Proxy-‘ The port is 1080 Ok, the next step is getting your username and password. And this is basically what you’re going to see right here when you first open up the software the first time. To get the username and password, it’s not the same as your VPN password with privateinternetaccess.com. You have to go into your control panel, and if you scroll to the bottom here there’s going to be this little tool that lets you click a button and you can generate a new username and password.
And this is the password that you use for your proxy service and that’s what you put into utorrent. Ok. So we’ve got our username and password in. And then you want to ‘check’ all these boxes. This one is saying…it tells utorrent that there’s a username and password for it. And the rest of them tell uTorrent to use the proxy for all relevant queries made by the uTorrent client. Just to make sure that no communication is taken outside the proxy tunnel. You want everything to go through the proxy so that you’re anonymous all the time.
Ok. You hit ‘Apply’ and then the one other thing that you want to do is you want to go to the ‘Bittorrent’ tab and you want (under protocol encryption) you want to change the outgoing protocol encryption to ‘Forced’ to make sure that all the traffic that’s going through this proxy tunnel is wrapped in an encrypted tunnel.
The benefit of that is it prevents your ISP from reading your traffic and seeing what you’re downloading. And possibly throttling and slowing down your torrent traffic. Ok? And then we recommend you uncheck ‘allow incoming legacy connections’ just so that you don’t allow any insecure connections that are already going. Click ‘Apply’ and then we’ll go down here and we can force this little tool to update here so we’ll go to ‘Update Tracker’ and give it a sec… And you can see that our IP address here has changed. It shows that our proxy server is now working.
Awesome. And you can see…that’s our web browser IP, and that’s our torrent IP address. Now if you want added security, you can actually run the proxy inside a VPN tunnel. So you have the proxy inside the VPN. Your browser web address will be changed from your normal IP, and the proxy address (the uTorrent IP address) will be different than the VPN address.
So just to show you how that works…we’re going to connect to a server in… The West Coast of the USA. And we’ll give it a second to connect here… Ok. We’ll go back to IPMonkey, hit refresh… as you can see our IP address has changed again.
This is the IP address of our browser and we’ll go back here and we’re going to update the proxy tracker… Sometimes it has issues when you keep jumping around your web address. Ah…as you can see: our proxy address has stayed the same and is still different than our VPN address, and both of them are different than our original IPaddress. So you’ve got a tunnel, inside a tunnel…both anonymous. Very cool. Ok, now we’re going to deactivate the proxy for a second and we’re going to talk more about using just a VPN.
Alright, now we’re going to talk a little bit about using a VPN with uTorrent instead of a proxy – although I always recommend using them together. The first thing that you’re going to notice is this little system tray icon down here. I love how it provides a visual indicator of your connection status with PIA. If you disconnect, this turns red.
So you can always see visually where you’re at. Ok we’re going to go into the settings and I”m going to show you a couple important settings. Most of this stuff is pretty simple. But we’re going to go to the connection settings.
Port forwarding is an option if you’re having speed issues you can try enabling port forwarding and setting it up through your router but that’s a different video. But these 3 settings are critical. I recommend always having these two checked. Especially DNS leak protection, which makes sure that when you look up the web address, like when you type in a web address like google.com, and it looks up where that server is located…if you don’t have this ‘checked’ in windows, sometimes it will route that lookup outside your VPN tunnel which could expose your true IP address without your knowledge (which you don’t want to do).
Always keep this one checked. IPv6…keep it checked. The VPN kill switch is really useful if you’re not using a proxy with uTorrent. And the reason is, that if your vpn connection drops, ordinarily uTorrent will just try to reconnect through your normal internet connection that isn’t connected by a VPN.
If you enable the kill-switch, this will instantly kill your internet connection so that uTorrent can’t reconnect through your normal (ISP) connection. So….extra safety feature…good to have. Hey guys, thanks for watching this video.
I just wanted to remind you of a couple key points that we made during the video: 1st off, I really like using a proxy for uTorrent because it lets you have a different IP address for you web browser which I think is really useful. The 2nd point to remember is that a VPN has much stronger encryption than a proxy, even when using the encryption function built into uTorrent. So if encryption is important to you, or you’re having slow speeds because your ISP is throttling you…you should add a VPN.
They’re better if used together (VPN + Proxy) it adds a greater layer of privacy, a second layer of privacy. And the other thing to remember is that if you’re NOT using a proxy, always use a VPN kill switch for uTorrent to make sure that your true IP address isn’t exposed by accident if the VPN disconnects. Remember you can get private Internet Access (VPN and Proxy in one) both services included, both can be used simultaneously and it’s only $40 a year (or $3.33/month). You can get that by going to VPNTOPTEN.COM/PIA. That is an affiliate link. We’ll get a small commission and of course you will get a great VPN service at the best possible price. Thanks alot. Check ya later 🙂