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IPVanish is a well-rounded VPN service which is super-easy to use. For users of torrent, it offers fast speeds, strong security, and decent unblocking power.

There are quite a few reasons why IPVanish is a pretty good choice for users who frequently download torrents. In this guide, I’m going to highlight the key strengths of IPVanish and explain how you can utilize these to get the maximum security and performance while downloading torrents.

Why IPVanish Is Good for Torrents

IPVanish offers a wide range of features that make it a good choice for torrenting:

Torrent support:

IPVanish supports torrenting. This means that you won’t face any puzzling connectivity issues while performing p2p activities when connected to IPVanish. Many VPN services today will block your connection if you’re running and torrents, but IPVanish allows all torrent traffic through its servers.

Logging policy:

Although the company is based in USA, a core member of the Five Eyes countries, the logging policy of IPVanish definitely values user privacy:

ipvanish logging policy

As you can see from the statement above, IPVanish does not store your activity or traffic logs. Which means that no one can know if you’re using IPVanish for torrenting, streaming, or anything else because there is no such information pertaining to users in IPVanish’s logs.

This is a very important point to consider before using any VPN for torrenting purposes because ideally, no one should be aware of your activities on the web.

Speed:

IPVanish doesn’t let down when it comes to speeds. The VPN consistently delivers fast speeds, which is essential if you regularly download torrents. Nothing is more annoying that torrents that download at a crawling pace and takes weeks to finish!

On my 30 Mbps base connection, IPVanish recorded an excellent 24.86 Mbps when connected to a US server:

ipvanish speed test

This makes IPVanish not only good for torrenting, but also for unblocking Netflix.

Kill switch:

A kill switch is an important feature for preventing privacy leaks, especially when you’re performing sensitive activities like torrenting. All IPVanish desktop apps have a built-in kill switch that you can engage for extra privacy. This will ensure that your internet access is cut off in case IPVanish connection drops temporarily.

SOCKS5:

SOCKS5 is an internet protocol that is quite popular among torrent users. IPVanish offers SOCKS5 as an extra feature for all of its VPN subscribers. Although SOCKS5 doesn’t work like a VPN, it does make you more anonymous over the web by masking your IP address.

The real advantage of SOCKS5 is that it provides better speeds than VPNs. Since SOCKS5 isn’t encrypted like VPNs, traffic routing through SOCKS5 is generally faster. At the same time, IPVanish’s SOCKS5 proxy solution gives users some anonymity by allowing them to use shared IP addresses.

So, users who want fast speeds and decent privacy while downloading torrents can benefit from IPVanish’s SOCKS5 offering.

Torrent IP Address:

To make sure that the IP address is successfully masked, I visited ipleaks.net and performed the torrent test to see if the IP address of the IPVanish server I’m connected to corresponds to what the torrent trackers are seeing.

First, I connected to a server (Perth, Australia in this case), which gave me the IP address as highlighted in the image:

IPVanish server list

Then I went over to ipleaks.net to perform the torrent address detection test. This showed me the same IP address as the one I was connected to (from Perth):

IPVanish torrent leak test

This means that IPVanish securely spoofs your location, keeping your real identity hidden while you download torrents.

How to Use IPVanish to Download Torrents

Follow the steps below to set up IPVanish optimally for safe and secure downloading of torrent files:

1. Subscribe to IPVanish.

2. Download and install the IPVanish app on your system/device.

3. Select a torrent-friendly server selection such as Netherlands or Switzerland.

4. Go to Settings > Connection and enable the kill switch.

IPVanish kill swith

5. Once connected, perform the torrent address detection test as I described above.

6. If everything looks okay, you can now start downloading torrents through your preferred BitTorrent client.

With these steps, you can easily unblock torrents with IPVanish. However, if you are facing issues and are still within 30 days since you purchased IPVanish, you can cancel the account and claim a refund. See this article for instructions about cancelling IPVanish.

How to Utilize IPVanish’s SOCKS5 Proxy with uTorrent

IPVanish’s SOCKS5 proxy is quite flexible in a sense that it supports both BitTorrent traffic and your regular HTTP web traffic. This makes it perfect for users who do not want to carry extra burden of encryption algorithms and simply want to mask their IP.

Setting it up is simple too; all you need is an IPVanish subscription and a uTorrent client.

  1. First things first start up your uTorrent client and navigate first to Options and then to preferences
  2. Now you should see connection on the left hand side of the screen.
  3. In the connections window select Type as SOCKS5 underneath Proxy server.
  4. Now you need to enter this address ams.socks.ipvanish.com where it says Proxy.
  5. Enter 1080 where it says Port.
  6. Now deselect all the options under Listening Port while enabling Authentication underneath Proxy server.
  7. Finally enter you IPVanish Proxy credentials and you are done.

IPVanish-Torrenting-socks5-setup

Wrapping Up

IPVanish is simply a worthy VPN as far as the torrents are concerned. It has a enough security features to protect your privacy, fast enough to enable quick downloading, and unblocks torrents quite easily.

You can learn more about IPVanish in our in-depth review of the service.

Have you tried torrenting with IPVanish? What was your experience like? Leave your thoughts with us in the comment below!