Downloading torrents can quickly become a dangerous business, and receiving a letter from your ISP or worse isn’t on anyone’s wishing list. TorGuard.net offers solutions to preserve your anonymity on the web.
The Big Brother is always watching, and your privacy is starting to become a privilege, rather than a right. However, there are still services like proxies, VPNs and so on to protect that privacy, and one of them is TorGuard.net, a BT-focused proxy server, VPN and Seedbox provider.
The BitTorrent swarm is not a very safe place to be, as independent monitoring groups can track your IP and report it. But by using Torguard, your real IP is hidden by using a proxy server, thus leading those unwanted eyes to an untraceable server. Instead of your IP address, someone would see TorGuard’s server sharing files, but even those files are unknown as they’re encrypted.
TorGuard is also offering VPN services, and at about $6/month you can stay anonymous, avoiding lawsuits that may cost you thousands of dollars.
From the site:
How TorGuard Works
When you download or seed a torrent, you’re connecting to a bunch of other people, called a swarm, all of whom—in order to share files—can see your computer’s IP address. That’s all very handy when you’re sharing files with other users, but file sharers such as yourself aren’t necessarily the only people paying attention. Independent monitoring groups also join BitTorrent swarms, but instead of sharing files, they’re logging the IP addresses of other people in the swarm—including you—so that they can notify your ISP of your doings. A proxy (like TorGuard) funnels your internet traffic—in this case, just your BitTorrent traffic—through another server, so that the BitTorrent swarm will show an IP address from a server that can’t be traced back to you instead of the address that points to your house. That way, these “prying eyes” can’t contact your ISP, and your ISP has no cause to send you a harrowing letter.
But wait, can’t these groups go after and request TorGuard’s logs to figure out that you’re the one downloading this watched torrent? Theoretically, yes, but the main reason that keeps TorGuard secure is that they don’t keep logs, so there’s no paper trail of activity leading back to you. TorGuard’s servers simply tunnel traffic for thousands of users at a time over a single server without keeping actuall records of files transferred. All anyone watching would see is TorGuard servers sharing a file, and all your ISP sees is you connecting to TorGuard—but not what data you’re downloading, because it’s encrypted.
If you subscribe to an ISP that throttles BitTorrent traffic, and aren’t using an anonymizer service, you have an additional problem. Your ISP can still see what you’re doing, and if they detect that you’re using BitTorrent (even if you’re using it for perfectly legal purposes) they’ll throttle your connection so you get unbearably slow speeds. When you encrypt your BitTorrent traffic with TorGuard, your ISP can’t see what you’re using your connection for. They’ll see that you’re downloading lots of information, but they won’t be able to see that it’s BitTorrent traffic, and thus won’t throttle your connection. You still have to be careful of going over your ISP’s bandwidth cap, however, if that exists.
TorGuard offers you both a proxy (to combat spying) and encryption (to combat throttling)—though many torrent clients have encryption built-in as well.