Use a uTorrent VPN for Safe, Fast Downloading
uTorrent is a popular BitTorrent client that helps you share and download large files quickly and efficiently. ExpressVPN works with uTorrent to make your traffic private and secure.
How to use uTorrent with ExpressVPN
Sign up for ExpressVPN. Follow the instructions for your device on which you plan to use uTorrent. You’ll be up and running in minutes.
Connect to any of 145 VPN server locations in 94 countries. Or let Smart Location choose the optimal location for your network.
Download uTorrent from the official site. Open the uTorrent application with the VPN turned on and start torrenting with peace of mind.
How ExpressVPN makes uTorrent safe and anonymous
Hide your IP address on uTorrent
The nature of P2P file sharing means that other uTorrent users can see the IP address you’re using to share files. If that IP address is your true IP address, your metadata and location will be exposed to strangers who could track and monitor everything you download.
A VPN hides your true IP address and replaces it with the IP address of a secure VPN server in another location. This IP address is shared by many other users, so your activity can never be traced back to you individually.
ExpressVPN also keeps no logs that could be used to identify you and has been rated as the best VPN for torrenting by Comparitech. Hiding your IP address with a private VPN lets you use uTorrent safely and anonymously.
IP binding for uTorrent: Use Network Lock instead
Many uTorrent users configure IP binding to limit their downloading to a single IP address, for instance, that of a secure VPN server. If the VPN service suddenly disconnects, the download will stop and your privacy will remain intact. ExpressVPN’s Network Lock, however, makes this feature unnecessary.
Network Lock acts like a kill switch for your internet connection. If the connection to the secure VPN server unexpectedly drops for any reason, ExpressVPN will automatically stop any traffic from leaving your device, preventing any leaks that could endanger your privacy.
Check your IP address before you use uTorrent
To see whether your privacy is exposed before you start downloading with uTorrent, visit ExpressVPN’s online privacy and security checker. Here’s what your IP address would look like to other users if you were using uTorrent without a VPN:
And here’s what your IP address would look like to other torrenters if you were protected by VPN:
uTorrent proxy vs VPN comparison
A proxy server is any intermediary between your computer and the internet. By routing your traffic through a proxy server, other computers will see that server’s IP address instead of yours.
Because it hides your IP address, a VPN also acts like a proxy for uTorrent. But ExpressVPN offers many other benefits that a “free” proxy service may not:
|Hides your IP address|
|Network lock / kill switch|
|145 server locations|
|No activity logs, no connection logs|
|Live chat support|
|Commitment to privacy|
While using a free proxy service for uTorrent might seem like a convenient solution, it could actually make you less anonymous. Without revenue from users, free proxies must resort to other means of monetizing your traffic. That could include selling your data to advertisers or injecting ads into your web browser.
So be careful when you see sites advertising “free” proxy servers for torrenting or unblocking. Using a VPN is a much safer alternative to browsing, sharing, and downloading with uTorrent.
uTorrent VPN setup for every device
There’s no need to configure your uTorrent settings to work with VPN.
Just open the ExpressVPN app and connect before opening uTorrent.
Whether you’re using uTorrent on Windows, Mac, Linux, or Android, ExpressVPN has native apps to help you torrent privately and securely:
You can also install VPN on your wireless router to get all the benefits of VPN on every device in your home.
uTorrent VPN FAQ
What is uTorrent?
uTorrent, also known as µTorrent, is a very lightweight BitTorrent client. One of the more popular BitTorrent clients available today, uTorrent helps 100 million users share and download files from anywhere in the world.
Because it uses the BitTorrent peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing protocol, uTorrent users download files in pieces from a swarm of other users (peers), instead of in a single stream from one source. This makes uTorrent an efficient way to transfer large files.
What’s the difference between uTorrent and BitTorrent?
BitTorrent is the name of the protocol used by the application called uTorrent, but it is also the name of a similar application, also owned by BitTorrent, Inc. BitTorrent and uTorrent both allow users to share and download files and there is little difference for the casual user.
Is ExpressVPN safe for torrenting?
ExpressVPN keeps no logs that could be used to identify you, so it’s safe to use for torrenting with uTorrent or any other BitTorrent client. Your web browsing history, search history, and download history are kept private from your ISP and any other snoopers thanks to industry-standard 256-bit AES encryption.
Does ExpressVPN allow torrenting/P2P?
ExpressVPN allows torrenting through uTorrent, BitTorrent, Transmission, qBittorrent, Deluge, or any other P2P torrenting client.*
What are some legal uses of uTorrent?
Although torrenting is often associated with illegal activity, there are in fact many legitimate uses of uTorrent and the BitTorrent protocol in general:
Viewing content from the Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a non-profit organization dedicated to making published works available on the internet, including old versions of webpages, live TV news videos, and full-length public domain films, music, and books. You can download many of their larger files in torrents, which helps keep their bandwidth costs low.
Downloading Linux distributions
Enjoying music and videos from independent artists
BitTorrent’s official website has a section called BitTorrent Now where you can find torrent files for hundreds of albums and videos from independent artists. Most offer a free sample and a full paid version.
Exploring academic datasets
Academic research often generates datasets with very large file sizes, which makes them ideal for torrenting. Academic Torrents is a good general source for browsing scientific torrents, including a section featuring data from NASA.
Why choose ExpressVPN?
- 24/7 customer support through live chat
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- 145 VPN server locations in 94 countries
- Easy to use
- Apps for every device
- Speed-optimized network
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Best-in-class encryption
- Private, anonymous service
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