If you have met with P2P and torrent software before, chances are you have probably heard of its risks, too. Not all countries welcome file sharing (or any area of entertainment that does not produce profit, for that matter). The situation is the same with Deluge; countries like Germany and the United Kingdom are not that welcoming towards the principal of fair use. Luckily, there is a way to bypass the specific restrictions of countries and get closer to using the internet as a free flowing domain of knowledge. Many VPN providers offer P2P support for torrent software like Deluge on their private networks. In this particular case, Deluge is a lucky choice, as it works well with the vast majority of VPN services. The client software works best when it uses the same proxy settings as the VPN client you run. If you do not resort to use a proxy, they all you need to do is run the Deluge software. On the other side, most VPN companies offer free VPN accounts that can be used to test their services with torrents.
How to Use a VPN with Deluge
If you are connecting to a VPN server that supports P2P, setting up Deluge is completely independent from setting up a VPN service by default. However, if you want to do proxy torrenting, then we advise setting both your Deluge client and VPN client to the same proxy settings. Luckily, Deluge supports all the most commonly used protocols from HTTP and HHTPS to SOCKS 4 and 5. Further good news is that most settings are acceptable right after installation. However, we would like to call attention to the interface section, as there are some leisurely quirks there that will make your file sharing adventures easier. It is always less tedious, having the client start automatically, or protecting access to it with a password.
There are a couple of simple proxy setup steps to take in getting the optimal VPN setup for Deluge. We advise you to do the following: as you can see on the relevant figure, you should first select your desired type of proxy – SOCKS5 with authorization is recommended. This will spawn the username, password, host and port options, all of which you should fill in according to your own machine’s properties. We must inform you that for Deluge, the ports used are mostly 1080, 1085 or 1090. Repeat filling in the necessary data for all four categories (peer, web seed, tracker and DHT) in order to tune your machine for proxy oriented torrenting. On the VPN side of things, you do not necessarily have to run your network on a proxy. You can, and if you do, we advise you to use the same proxy that you use with Deluge. If you do not, your data traffic will still be encrypted. For example, if you connect to Switzerland from outside the country to do some P2P action, you don’t necessarily have to run your VPN client via a proxy.
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Staying Safe and Anonymous
One of the main dangers of using P2P software like Deluge is getting caught if you use the service from a country where there are legal obstacles placed against it. However, if you start your torrent days while being connected to a VPN network, your data traffic will be encrypted. This means that there will be a protective layer surrounding your activities, making it very hard for outside forces to detect which domains you connect to and what it is exactly that you use the internet for. Encryptions come in safety protocols like PPTP, L2TP or OpenVPN and also come in different bit strengths – usually 128 and 256 bits (and sometimes beyond that). The higher the bit count is, the more secure your connection is. As for safety protocols, we would like to recommend that you do not use PPTP – it is the least safe one.
For mobile devices, L2TP is the most widespread protocol while on desktops, OpenVPN is the standard today. The only drawback of any VPN service is that it slows down your connection speeds a bit; the higher the bit count, the slower your connection will get. Of course, this is something worth sacrificing over any sort of punishment your country can impose if P2P and torrenting is restricted in any way. Furthermore, VPN networks let you use other countries’ IP addresses that favor better P2P usage. Some of these include Switzerland, Spain, the Netherlands (though with some exceptions) and Canada.
Free VPNs for Deluge
There are three VPN providers that suit work with Deluge that we can recommend. First, we advise you to take a look at CyberGhost. It is a more popular provider and rightly so. Their client software is easy to use, and requires a straightforward installation. However, the number of locations you can access is limited but sufficient to get access to an up-to-speed server that supports P2P. Countries with a CyberGhost VPN server include the US, UK, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Sweden and last but not least: Switzerland, which would be your best bet to safely download using Deluge. Encryptions are 256-AES bit, which is the type of high-level encryption you should expect from a top security provider like CyberGhost. The best thing about this company is that their VPN service allows access to five simultaneous connections, which includes multiple kinds of devices.
Secondly, please take some time to read about VPNArea. This company has offices both in Bulgaria and Switzerland, making them ideal for P2P from a legal standpoint. You can choose from a larger and expanding set of countries with VPNArea – fifty, to be exact. They are a favorable choice from the side of security: the company provides DNS leak protection for their users, which protects your safety when changing to another country’s IP address. And lastly, the server system is structured in a way that will display even the number of users on each one, helping you in choosing the most suitable address to connect to.
Our third and last recommendation for P2P work with Deluge is BolehVPN. Actively supporting P2P, this VPN company also places significance in proxy networks. Be mindful though that in this case too, not many locations are available, though Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the US are still a reasonably good bunch. Another advantage of BolehVPN is their customer support: they run a forum, are active on social media sites, and provide personal help via e-mail, a live chat and even remote desktop, the latter of which is quite rare. Finally, security is a unique strength with BolehVPN. Their xCloak service – and here we quote the official website – “scrambles OpenVPN packets, making them harder to identify”. This means that on top of the already secure OpenVPN protocol, you receive another layer of shielding.[contentblock id=related-torrents]