Torrents vs. Seedboxes vs. VPNs

September 9, 2015

Confused about how torrents, seedboxes and VPNs all relate to one another? Below, you’ll learn how to connect them all for the best torrenting experience.

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Torrents

This might be very basic for some readers, but it’s good to start at the beginning for the benefit of those who might need to catch up.

Bittorrent, or just torrent, refers to a P2P protocol. It’s most often used for transferring very large amounts of data. It’s the most popular way to share files over the Internet.

Bittorrent uses a protocol that downloads small pieces of the file you want from many different sources. Software on your computer then assembles the pieces into the complete file. It’s an efficient way to transfer large files.

Trackers provide a way to locate data, which users typically download by clicking a link on a search page.

Torrent traffic, however, can be detected and throttled by ISPs. The data you download can also be read, and it might be shared in some jurisdictions with intellectual property owners or law enforcement.

Seedbox

A seedbox is a service that allows you to download, store and access data you receive via bittorrent.

The advantage of these services is that they’re typically very fast, allowing users to get complete files in much shorter amounts of time than they would by downloading them directly to their computers.

Seedboxes are paid services, which are priced based on storage limits and other factors.

VPN Services

VPN services provide an encrypted tunnel over the Internet, protecting your sent and received data from being read.

VPN services are often used by bittorrent users, as ISPs will sometimes throttle bittorrent traffic selectively. With a VPN, the ISP can’t tell what kind of traffic is being sent or received, so the torrent can use the full bandwidth that the user pays for.

VPNs are security products; they’re not P2P products. So many users encrypt their bittorrent traffic, however, that whether or not bittorrent is allowed is usually spelled out in the terms of service for any given VPN provider.

Putting it All Together

No matter what you’re torrenting, you should use a VPN for privacy’s sake. The VPN will also help you to avoid having your torrent speed throttled by your ISP.

As for seedboxes, if you want to be able to download torrents more quickly, they’re excellent options. They can increase your download speed tremendously and you can access whatever you downloaded on the seedbox server instead of filling up your own hard drive.

Torrent clients and torrent sites are free, so there’s really no decision to make in whether they’re worth having. VPNs are paid services, but they offer the best all-around privacy enhancement at the moment and are worth having, even if you don’t torrent.

Seedboxes are also paid services but, if you’re transferring a lot of data, it might be worth it to get one.

The USENET Option

Remember that USENET providers typically offer SSL, which protects your privacy in much the same fashion as does a VPN. They also provide access to one of the fastest networks for downloading data.

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