Are you considering torrenting in the U.S? Do not do it! Unless you have a VPN in hand. Read all about the risks involved in this blog.

Torrenting has always been a controversial topic here in the United States. The U.S Copyright agencies, regulatory authorities and malicious hackers have made torrenting a living nightmare for anyone hoping to save few bucks here and there.

Copyright violations are illegal and I do not condone such acts.

However, the only situation where I even consider torrenting viable is if you want to try out a certain digital product before purchasing it.

Now off course this would be out of the question for any law-abiding citizen, unless you consider a VPN service.

If you are not familiar with what a Torrent VPN is, it is an anonymity software specifically designed to keep your online shenanigans under the radar. A VPN restricts anyone from tapping in your private network and keep you virtually undetected in the eyes of the law.

In this blog, I am going tell you exactly why the U.S is probably the worst place to download torrents without an anonymity tool in 2018.

Downloading Torrents In The U.S Can Be A Living Nightmare

Although P2P file sharing, technology is not illegal in any part of the world it has not stop cunning digital pirates from benefitting from it. If you literally dissect the core concept behind the technology, you will learn that the basic intent behind P2P is to share files quickly and conveniently.

Now one must understand that P2P transfers are often associated with bandwidth consuming large files like audio and video therefore using or sharing it without consent is in the lamest terms illegal.

It might not seem like a big deal at first however, when you consider the actual legalities you will be blown away with the potential consequences. For instance, torrenters can expect anything from a simple DMCA notice all the way up to a prison sentence in the court.

These scare tactics are nothing new in the torrenting community, in fact, ever since 2010 there has been a massive shift in the way regulatory authorities dealt with piracy cases. For instance, during that time many content creators backed by the Title 17 of the U.S code sued torrenters upon copyright infringement cases for thousands of dollars.

This is obviously a major issue for not only minor torrenters but also for traffic heavy torrent sites like The Pirate Bay and Rarbg.

Many mainstream torrent sites therefore have been blocked in the U.S and many emerging ones are facing backbreaking regulations in an attempt to eradicate piracy.

This although might sound groundbreaking however it is barely a scratch on the surface. You see… even though major torrenting sites are legitimately blocked in the U.S, many penny pincher torrent sites are still operational under the nose of the authorities.

Because of this caveat, the regulatory authorities have managed to do more harm than good. Since trusted torrent sites are, unavailable torrenters are resorting to shady torrent sites. This puts them in a greater risk of becoming a victim of cybercriminal or even facing an infestation of horrendous computer viruses.

If you are even considering torrenting without some sort of privacy mechanism then honestly you are just asking for trouble.

A VPN Could Be Your Only Hope

Now it might seem like a daunting task to torrent at all however, as with any restrictions there is always a hack available. Similarly, in the case of torrenting a VPN service can be your best bet. A VPN connection masks your ISP assigned IP address and creates a virtual private tunnel around your network for secure data sharing.

Your entire network requests pass through this AES encrypted tunnel regardless of what torrent client you use making it impossible for anyone to trace your torrenting activities. As I mentioned before, piracy is a serious crime however if you want to download something for trail purposes then by all means go ahead, granted that you respect intellectual property.

Best of all VPN services give you access to geo restricted sites. For instance, KickassTorrents.to is blocked in the U.S; however, with the help of a secure VPN service you can easily bypass any geo restrictions that might hinder with your torrenting rendezvous.

With that said not all VPN services are designed the same nor do they all support torrenting. Therefore, it is highly advised that you do your research before you go ahead and purchase any subscriptions.

 

 

 

 

Author's Bio: 

Abdul Rehman is a simple Tech savvy bloke with a neck for writing. Monday to Friday, he enjoys delving down in to the inner workings of privacy and security of top-tier VPN providers. Nevertheless, on the weekend he is a bit modest and simply loves spending time with his dog.