Update (February, 2017): latest post on what are the Best VPNs for torrenting, 2017 Edition.
Using BitTorrent or similar P2P protocols to transfer other stuff than Linux ISO files is a risky business, especially if you live in a country with strict copyright rules such as the USA. To avoid DMCA notices and other problems, it’s best to hide your IP when torrenting files, and VPN services are very useful for this purpose. Below we compiled a short list of VPN providers that are P2P friendly and do not block torrenting.
PIA is an excellent service giving a great bang for the buck. The do not restrict torrent/P2P usage in any of their locations and their VPN software has some great features that go hand in hand with torrent downloads, if you want to be safe: Internet kill-switch, IPv6 and DNS leak protection, port-forwarding, SOCKS5 proxy.
VPN.AC (read full review)
VPN.AC is a truly awesome VPN service, not US-based, with strong focus on security, a great support experience and top notch speed. P2P/torrenting is not restricted.
TorGuard (read full review)
Like their name suggest, TorGuard is a VPN service focusing on torrent privacy. They allow P2P transfers in many locations using their VPN, and they also provide proxy services.
iPredator (read full review)
IPredator is a VPN service from Sweden, founded by the Peter Sunde who is known for being the former spokesperson for The Pirate Bay. IPredator has very fast servers in Sweden and one can reasonably expect them not to give up against copyright trolls.
Free VPN for Torrenting
Be warned before you use a free service for torrenting. Just like any type of service, it should be obvious to anyone that a good service comes with a cost: bandwidth, support, features, locations and so on. With a free service, you aren’t going to benefit from premium features. For this reason, we recommend to use only paid VPN providers as they are cheap enough nowadays. But if the price is a problem, then you can use the following free VPNs for torrenting:
VPNBook (read full review)
VPNBook is a free VPN that allows torrenting. It has free VPN servers in Romania, in the same datacenter where many premium/paid VPN providers are hosting their hardware. We also suggest to check our research on the legitimacy of their service: Is VPNBook a honeypot / SCAM service?
FrootVPN was removed from the free VPNs list because it is no longer providing a free VPN service.
We also suggest to check our tutorial How to secure torrent downloads, regardless of what VPN service you use.