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VPN for torrenting

Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:29 pm
by clayvligon
Need an advice!
Do VPN play a part for torrenting purpose? I am using torrent site for downloading games and movies but have been facing malware and viruses. Its so frustrating to clean my system every time, so did a little research on my own and found this Best Torrent sites which seems interesting but I don't know about them that whether they too are safe or not? So should I use a VPN before downloading anything from torrent sites ?

Re: VPN for torrenting

Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:51 pm
by i90rr
Short answer: no, there's no way for a proxy to check for malware in a torrent file that is being currently downloaded.

Lately, some VPN services started to offer a sort of 'scrubbing' features intended to minimize the exposure to malware when browsing the web. This makes a lot sense since, nowadays, the main source of infections and exploits comes from connecting to alien networks (i.e., internet) or opening potentially unsafe files.

Let's be real: running a full-blown AV on your endpoint device (your laptop, desktop computer, mobile device) is usually meaningless if you pay attention to simple things and behave online the same way you would do on the streets. Even worst, most of those anti-malware solutions will likely cripple your system performance while at the same time do nasty hidden stuff by hooking to the entrails of your system. This is understandable, though, because in order to protect you, they need to have access to the low-level parts of your OS to monitor as much of the attack vectors as possible. However this comes at a price: 1) who watch these vigilantes? and 2) the aforementioned performance hit.

So, companies like F-Secure and some others have started to move the logic of scanning for malware from your endpoint device to their own servers as, anyway, when you hire their services (in this case FreedomeVPN), all your traffic are belong to them. Other companies like AdGuard or the VPN provider Private Internet Access also have their own solutions. On their backend, this is implemented as a multi-tiered stack, usually involving anti-malware conventional scanning, web bugs blockers, curated DNS resolvers and so on.

If you're positive the places you visit and the files you download could be compromised, I strongly suggest you to employ a secure browser (maybe Brave?) and always try the stuff you download in a virtual machine first.

Re: VPN for torrenting

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:55 am
by clayvligon
i90rr wrote:Short answer: no, there's no way for a proxy to check for malware in a torrent file that is being currently downloaded.

Lately, some VPN services started to offer a sort of 'scrubbing' features intended to minimize the exposure to malware when browsing the web. This makes a lot sense since, nowadays, the main source of infections and exploits comes from connecting to alien networks (i.e., internet) or opening potentially unsafe files.

Let's be real: running a full-blown AV on your endpoint device (your laptop, desktop computer, mobile device) is usually meaningless if you pay attention to simple things and behave online the same way you would do on the streets. Even worst, most of those anti-malware solutions will likely cripple your system performance while at the same time do nasty hidden stuff by hooking to the entrails of your system. This is understandable, though, because in order to protect you, they need to have access to the low-level parts of your OS to monitor as much of the attack vectors as possible. However this comes with a price: 1) who watch these vigilantes? and 2) the aforementioned performance hit.

So, companies like F-Secure and some others have started to move the logic of scanning for malware from your endpoint device to their own servers as, anyway, when you hire their services (in this case FreedomeVPN), all your traffic are belong to them. Other companies like AdGuard or the VPN provider Private Internet Access also have their own solutions. On their backend, this is implemented as a multi-tiered stack, usually involving anti-malware conventional scanning, web bugs blockers, curated DNS resolvers and so on.

If you're positive the places you visit and the files you download could be compromised, I strongly suggest you to employ a secure browser (maybe Brave?) and always try the stuff you download in a virtual machine first.


Thank you so much! It indeed solved a lot of queries which I had in my mind.

Re: VPN for torrenting

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:11 pm
by Callen
This makes a lot of sense. There's no way to be completely safe I guess.