Main Features of BTGuard
BTGuard offers a wide range of features that are quite helpful to the users for bypassing ISP throttling and remaining hidden, while making use of the BitTorrent client. While the company claims its methods are far from innovative, they hold some resemblance to the competitors’ services as well. However, what really makes BTGuard stand apart from the other players in the business is the inclusion of several premium features in its fast and cheap BitTorrent and VPN packages:
- No records of past usage
- Supports browsing, BitTorrent, FTP, email, downloads and a lot more stuff
- PPTP and OpenVPN protocols
- 256-Bit AES Encryption
- 10Gbit lines across Toronto (Canada), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Singapore
- Multi-homed bandwidth and multiple tier one network for high reroute speeds
- Servers all over Canada, Asia and Europe
Video: Anonymous BitTorrent Proxy in Action with BTGuard
BTGuard is fully committed towards protecting the individual privacy and has developed a solid and transparent policy regarding collecting the data, communicating with the users, and disclosure or making use of the information. The generated information isn’t sold or disclosed to any unrelated third parties, and is only used to communicate with the users to deliver news regarding the products and services. Under no legal obligation, BTGuard keeps no logs of the IP addresses or track of the internet usage of the users. The services are compatible with several security protocols, including OpenVPN and PPTP. BTGuard makes use of 256-bit AES encryption to encrypt the information being sent over to the internet and decrypt the information being downloaded.
OS, Device Support
The PPTP protocols are fully compatible with Windows, Mac OS and iOS, and the OpenVPN services are available for the Windows, Mac OS and Linux platforms. As far as compatibility is concerned, BTGuard doesn’t compromise with including support for different desktop and laptop operating systems. PPTP protocols are also compatible with iPhone and iPads. However, OpenVPN protocols aren’t supported by iOS or even Android. Talking about the devices, BTGuard runs smoothly on desktop PCs, laptops and netbooks, and handheld devices from Apple. The Xbox, PlayStation and other electronic devices, along with DD-WRT routers, aren’t given active support yet.
BTGuard provides two different kinds of packages to its clients. The first package is designed for the BitTorrent clients who are willing to download/upload files in an anonymous manner. The package provides a proxy IP address to the users for hiding their original identity while using BitTorrent client. Secure encryption services are also provided to the users who are suffering from bandwidth throttling from the ISPs in the BitTorrent package at $6.95/month. The second, VPN package, includes a specific set of services, aimed at providing 256-Bit AES encryption OpenVPN and 128-Bit AES encryption PPTP to the users through the servers located in Asia, Canada and Europe. Given the extensiveness of the features provided, the cost of $9.95/month doesn’t seem too much.
In case of any performance or technical issues, the company provides instant support through email or the standard ticketing procedure. For those who want to do some experiments on their own, there are detailed VPN setup and proxy setup instructions available. Also, the site’s FAQ section does a good job at answering some of the most common problems that are faced by people using the BTGuard services. This informative stuff can be used to solve all the BitTorrent and VPN-related issues without any technical help. In case it doesn’t come out as helpful as expected, the standard ticket posting process would surely prove helpful.