Having spent a few years as a Supermod for a popular bittorrent related forum, the most common concern I’ve seen among members is the fear of the men in black kicking down their door, guns a-blazin’, just because their IP address shows up on a bittorrent transfer of a DRM-free version of a song, game or movie they want to back up (…for example).
While this is a wildly exaggerated scenario, there is some legitimacy to their concerns. With some ISPs now voluntarily enforcing a 3 strikes policy that says they will terminate your internet service upon the third DMCA notice sent regarding your IP address, many of the millions of bittorrent users out there are looking for a little bit of privacy. I’ve seen quite a few of the notices sent to ISP customers and have never seen an option to contest the accusation. Regardless of whether you were involved with the alleged transfer, you have either to admit guilt else have your service disconnected.
So anyway, I’m browsing my favorite bittorrent related news site, TorrentFreak, and I see an add for BTGaurd’s bittorrent proxy service (sometimes it pays to have AdBlock turned off ). This piqued my interest because, while I am aware of VPNs, I had not heard of a decent & affordable proxy service designed for bittorrent before. After looking into it, I really think bittorrent users will have no worries about being molested by copyright attorneys once they begin using this service.
Here’s a run down:
- Anonymous file-sharing
- Inexpensive – $6.95 / month with discounts for longer term subscriptions
- Software is easy to install and use (see video below this post)
- Compatible with uTorrent and Vuze
- Compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux OS
- No records of usage stored
- 256-bit AES encryption
- Unlimited download speeds (still waiting for a response re: what kind of upload speeds should users expect?)
- Puts and end to ISP throttling
- Servers located in Canada and Germany
BTGuard’s response to my inquiry about speeds (thanks for the reply guys!):
We do provide unlimited bandwidth. Speeds and connections vary from person to person and are based entirely on what they download and the connections provided to them for that download. Some people report getting faster downloads through us mainly due to throttling. Others get slower speeds then what they are used to. It all seems to be in the eye of the beholder. Some people will praise us for getting 100kbps which they never could before, others complain that 4mbps is way too slow and they demand 50 or higher.