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Smartphones, tablets, laptops and so many other tools are built to connect to the internet. This is wonderful but also dangerous as these devices may connect to public WiFi networks without the knowledge or consent of the user, which can allow hackers to view and steal personal data. At the same time, Person-to-Person (P2P) sharing opens up new avenues for the loss of private files and security. In short, when information is publically shared across the internet, it can be discovered and stolen by even a novice hacker.
For this, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) can be the solution. According to Caroline of Bleeping Tech, a VPN “create[s] a tunnel of sorts that encrypts the data you send to an outside and secure server which will connect to the Internet for you, and then send you what you are after. With this, no one will be able to see what you are sending or receiving.” Thus, private data is kept private even when transferred across the public internet.
Of course, determining which VPN is best can be difficult. Luckily, here are the five best VPN for torrents, P2P, and file sharing:
While there are many free VPNs, the safest, fastest, and most secure do have a monthly price. ExpressVPN, for example, starts at $12.95 a month with a 30-day money-back guarantee. As for specifications, there is a 256-bit encryption, the ability to simultaneous connect from two devices, unlimited bandwidth, no throttling, and no logging of data. Further, though uptime and connection speed is dependent upon the connection/distance to the connecting VPN location as well as the bandwidth of one’s own ISP, ExpressVPN does offer speed tests, the ability to detect which possible location is the fastest with which to make a connection, and server locations in 78 countries with new servers continuously being added. Of added benefit is that ExpressVPN is located centrally in the British Virgin Islands and subject to no set of sovereign laws.
Means of payment accepted include credit cards, PayPal, Bitcoin and other local payment options.
Starting at $10.00 per month and ranked second is IPVanish VPN. Like ExpressVPN, it has a 256-bit encryption, allows simultaneous connection by two devices, unlimited bandwidth, no throttling, and no data logging. However, it only has servers in 60 countries. Further, IPVanish is located centrally in the United States and is thus subject to the laws therein the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Despite these setbacks, however, IPVanish remains “the only true tier-1 VPN provider in the world” assuring the greatest delivery speeds compared to any other VPN. They also have 24/7 support and network operations teams so servers are kept running at all times while additional infrastructure is added in specific regions with increased demand for their services.
Means of payment include credit cards, PayPal, Bitcoin and various local payment options.
VPNArea ranks third on this list and starts at $9.90 per month. It is a newer VPN and like the others listed above has a 256-bit encryption, unlimited bandwidth, and logs no data. In addition, five devices can be simultaneously connected to this VPN rather than simply two. Further, it is based out of Bulgaria and is thus not subject to data retention. It also has a 7-day free trial and great customer service across the board.
Means of payment include credit cards, PayPal, Payza and Bitcoin.
With a starting price of $7.83 per month, AirVPN is ranked fourth in this list. With servers in 51 countries, there are certified, real-time user and server statistics enabling extremely fast and reliable speeds. In addition, there are no logs kept, a 256-bit encryption, the allowance of three simultaneous connections, and a base in Italy, which means no data retention. The website is a bit hard to navigate, and there is a minimum allocated granted bandwidth (4 Mbit/s download and 4 Mbit/s upload), but the services of AirVPN still remain outstanding.
Means of payment include credit cards, PayPal, and Bitcoin.
Last on this list, but still a terrific VPN, is BolehVPN, which starts at $9.99 per month With a 256-bit encryption, two allowed simultaneous connections, unlimited bandwidth, no throttling, and no data logging, BolehVPN is based in Malaysia and thus subject to no court orders or data retention. Nonetheless, there are only servers in 14 countries, and this VPN has been known to share files on certain servers. Still, there has not been a major downtime for five years, and there is an automatic fail-over for most servers.
Means of payment include credit cards, PayPal, bank transfer, Bitcoin, DogeCoin and DarkCoin.
Also decided to include a bonus VPN, which is my personal favorite, CargoVPN.
When torrenting, fast speed is preferable. With over 1,000 servers in 70+ locations, Cargo VPN offers an amazing experience anywhere in the world. With this VPN app your traffic is encrypted and secured to make sure that nobody can see what you’re up to – even when you’re torrenting. It’s completely safe to use as well, as Cargo VPN does not collect and log any user activities while using any of the VPN’s services. Up to 5 devices can be added to one account. Personal IP address and server are also available.
Beyond the VPNs listed here, there are hundreds of others. Secure Thoughts lists many of these, but there are still numerous other ones in addition to this. For someone serious about investing in a VPN for true privacy concerns, it is best recommended that this list be only a starting point for future research.
This article was guest-written by Cassie Phillips.