How to Use Bittorrent Safely and Anonymously There are over 200 million BitTorrent users in the world, but very few people take steps to make sure that their experience is a safe and private one. In this day and age, nearly all internet activity is tracked and monitored. We have a right to privacy, but privacy is not the default, we have to take steps to defend and protect our privacy. Here are 5 important tips to help you out: 1) Always Use A VPN For Bittorrent This step should be automatic for all bittorrent users. Everytime you connect to a swarm, every peer can see your IP address. With an anonymous vpn service, the IP address visible to the world will not be your own, it will be the IP of your vpn server, and if you pick the right vpn service, virtually untraceable back to you. Click here for a list of the best vpn services for bittorrent. For more in-depth reading, check out this article on Why You Need A VPN. 2) Get A Quality Firewall A firewall is the last line of defense between your computer and the outside world. Make sure it's a good one. Comodo is a free firewall, but extremely powerful. It's great for BitTorrent users too, because by default it detects everything as a threat unless you specify otherwise. Here's an article with great suggestions for free antivrus and firewall software for bittorrent users 3) Change Your DNS Servers Did you know that even if you use a totally secure vpn provider, your personal location can still leak out through insecure DNS servers assigned to you by your ISP? This is primarily a windows vulnerability so mac and linux users are not affected. You can use free, secure DNS servers provided by comodo. This will prevent your ISP from directly monitoring your internet usage, despite having a vpn. There are also a few vpn providers that have dns leak protection built right into their software. Two of the best are: Torguard VPN and Private Internet Access 4)Use Private Trackers Public trackers like thepiratebay are heavily monitored and tracked. It has been estimated that if you download a popular torrent from the piratebay, your IP address will be recorded within 3 hours. Public trackers are free and easy to join, which makes them free and easy to monitor. Put in a bit of effort, and get invited to a private tracker. You can try torrent-invites.com as a place to start. 5)Add an anonymous proxy for maximum torrent safety Sometimes paranoia is warranted in this day and age. If you don't 100% feel you can trust your vpn, or you just want an extra layer of security, the best option is to use a second vpn or proxy just for bittorrent. Then you will have a secure tunnel within a secure tunnel, and neither provider will see the entirety of your traffic even if they wanted to. A good option for a proxy is Btguard. They are an anonymous bittorrent specific proxy service priced from $5-$7 per month, and have super easy installation. You simply download their customized version of uTorrent with the relevant proxy settings already installed. Alterntively you can configure the proxy to work with any Bittorrent Client. Visit Btguard's Website or Read a review of Btguard A final word of advice: Stay away from free vpn's or proxy services. There no such thing as something for nothing, especially when it comes to personal privacy. Your identity and privacy are worth at least $7 a month, so just find a quality VPN service and rest easy. ****** DISCLAIMER********* Neither the authors of this paper, nor the websites and services referenced within it support or condone digital piracy or copyright infringement. We the authors believe in personal freedoms and a right to privacy. What we choose to do with the privacy is a personal choice and a personal responsibility. Please support the authors, singers, artists, and creators of the world. Without them, the world would move backwards instead of forward and our culture would be no culture to speak of. God Bless and Good Luck!