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OpenVPN Keeps P2P Secure From ISP

Updated on December 6, 2014
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In today's world, where nothing is really private on the Internet and lasts forever, the easy way to do this is to secure VPN connection that will keep the ISP (your Internet provider) from being able to see what you are doing. Just because you have a VPN connection does not mean any illegal activity or torrents are being used. Not all torrents are illegal where file sharing is occurring. Maybe you just want to be secure with not worrying about hackers obtaining passwords or financial data. Most businesses with employees outside of the office use VPN connections for security purposes.

Many with VPN (Virtual Private Network) pay as little as $8 a month for such a secure and encrypted connection. The VPN can be best explained as a private tunnel that is very secure from most hacking and from nosy ISP providers sniffing when large amounts of data are being down or uploaded. That is a sure signal for the ISP to see what it is. If you are a torrent user, where you stream or download movies or TV shows free, an ISP be can throttle (slow it down) or send you a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notice to stop or your ISP will stop the Internet connection or worse.

Torrents are usually associated with P2P (Peer to Peer), where small bits of a file are shared and sent to others watching the same thing, it is an amazing technology. Many applications, like Popcorn, act merely as a method of sharing movies and TV shows free. None are actually downloaded to ones computer hard drive, so there is no copyright violation per se. The most secure VPN protocol is OpenVPN, which you select once you sign up for a VPN service. Regardless, by using a VPN, the encryption of the "tunnel" prevents anyone from seeing the size of the files being transferred. Your real IP address is not revealed, only the server IP address wherever it is located. Because of this, the ISP cannot track the torrent usage to you. Most VPN providers (outside the USA) keep no logs or records of when, who, go online, so even were an ISP send a DMCA notice to a VPN provider, there is little information provided that can be of help. Without a VPN, the ISP can easily see your IP address and see what you are doing, whether legal or not. They can spy and intrude on your privacy without you knowing it.

Getting a VPN is very easy. If you share files via P2P, the best VPN provider is one outside the USA and\or one that has not agreed to follow DMCA guidelines for violators. Those countries in the Far East and Eastern Europe are among these.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 3 years ago

      Well, as with anything, there is still the trust element. If you go online you can search for "best VPN reviews", they all vary. But as a general rule, if you P2P, a company situated in a country that did not sign the DMCA agreement would be better than one that did.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 3 years ago from Orange County California


      Do you have any recommendations on these countries?

      If we can't trust the US providers, then how do we trust those in other countries?