Can I use BitTorrent/P2P software safely?

Overview

Yes, you can! Our desktop/mobile application will protect and encrypt your entire internet connection. It also scrambles your IP address for additional privacy. However, some torrents violate copyright norms hence we do not encourage it.


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What is P2P?

A Peer-to-Peer (P2P) network allows you to partition tasks or workloads between peers. In simple terms, it lets you share files and access devices (printers, scanners, etc.) without going through a separate server computer.

Every computer connected to a P2P network is effectively both a server and a client at the same time, allowing you to share resources and transfer data at higher speed(s) than you would normally.

Using a VPN alongside your P2P/BitTorrent software may reduce your speed(s). However, you can remain fully anonymous and enjoy enhanced privacy and security regardless of your geographic location.

How does it work?

An anonymous VPN will protect and encrypt your entire internet connection, by redirecting all of your traffic through our secure network. Unlike a proxy, which only secures your torrent client or web browser, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) secures 100% of your internet access.

This includes all of the software running on your device, such as games, e-mail, streaming apps, web browsers, P2P clients, and any other applications that connect to the web.

Websites and apps will not be able to recognize your actual IP address or location. This ensures that your incoming and outgoing traffic cannot be viewed by third-parties, such as your Internet Provider.

This is especially important when making online purchases or browsing the web at a public hotspot, like at a coffee shop or airport.

Why choose VirtualShield?

We have a completely 100% Zero Logs policy, which means we don't track, monitor, or know what you do online. We also do not filter or censor any of your internet traffic. This may sound standard, but you'd be amazed how many VPNs (both paid and free) violate these basic principles.

We have apps available for all of your favorite devices, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and more. Our apps are constantly under development to improve our users' experience, and we have lots of new security features coming soon.

We also offer an exclusive service called VPN Plus, that allows you to automatically block ads, trackers, and malware from ever reaching your device for a safer, and more enjoyable browsing experience.

Our support team is here to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you need any assistance or have any questions regarding your account.

Common Questions

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Is downloading torrents illegal?
Downloading torrent files is not illegal. However, according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), downloading copyrighted material without permission is illegal in most countries. All users are to comply with our Terms of Service.
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I use a free VPN, am I still protected?
Yes and no. Free VPNs collect your information, and sell it to advertisers. Learn more about the difference between free VPNs and paid ones here.

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