PureVPN for Torrenting

PureVPN is a very popular VPN provider that many users rely on for torrenting. It offers some features that set them apart from many VPNs in the market. The recently updated their software with new features, new servers, and an improved user interface. 

Torrenting with PureVPN

In order to keep our PureVPN review updated, we tested this VPN again. As always, torrents and P2P were our main priority when analyzing this software.

Safety and Privacy

The company started in 2006 and it’s based in Hong Kong. This location is outside the dangerous monitoring areas, such as North America and the European Union. This way, they won’t cooperate with those governments in case they try to request user data. They are clear about this subject in their terms:
“PureVPN specifically chose Hong Kong (HK) for its headquarter because there are No Mandatory Data Retention Laws in Hong Kong”.
Besides their location, they do not log their user’s activity. And this is the most important thing for BitTorrent users. Even if some agency asks for log information to the VPN provider, they have nothing to show. They state in their privacy policy that not even PureVPN can see their user’s activity:
“We Do Not monitor user activity nor do we keep any logs. We, therefore, have no record of your activities such as which software you used, which websites you visited, what content you downloaded, which apps you used, etc”.
PureVPN has quite some protocols available: PPTP, L2TP, StealthVPN, SSTP, IKEV and OpenVPN (TCP and UDP). As always, we recommend Open VPN UDP. It’s a modern protocol and it offers a good combination of encryption and speed, with an AES 256 bit cipher
 
As most top VPNs do, they also use shared IPs. This means that users share the same IP addresses between them. That makes it very difficult for an entity to track the activity of a specific person, as they wouldn’t be able to assign one IP to a single user.

The User Interface

The software looks nice and modern after the recent update. More importantly, it’s simple to use. From the dashboard, the user can select a mode according to his preference, or intentions.
All these modes protect users with the same level of security. The difference between them is that the software will adapt to each mode in order to provide a better experience. For example, selecting File-Sharing tells the software to focus on P2P servers and provide faster connections.

How To Use PureVPN for Torrenting

As we just mentioned, there is no special way to setup PureVPN for torrenting. But there is a mode that will make it very easy to start downloading files. After selecting the File-Sharing mode, the user will only see servers where BitTorrent traffic is allowed. Such servers are optimized for torrents and P2P, which means they were built to provide greater download speeds.

As you can see, the servers are organized by milliseconds (ms). That’s because the software has a ping test included and it checks which are the fastest servers available for you. 

PureVPN's P2P Servers

PureVPN has more than 2000 servers spread through 140 countries, in 180 cities. The fact that some countries have different server locations is a nice touch. You can actually select a server in a country or you can be more specific and chose a city.

Torrent downloads are allowed in servers located in 85 countries. That is because some countries have strict policies when it comes to file-sharing. They decided to play it safe by not allowing P2P in servers located in those places. The way of knowing if a server allows BitTorrent is by checking if it has a P2P symbol in front of it.

These servers are well distributed around the globe, making it easy for every user to find servers in nearby countries. As you know, it’s important to connect to servers that are not extremely far from you because you could lose some speed. 

Features

The software has a large number of tools to increase security. All tools can be found in “Preferences“. The user is able to control every option from the same place. That way there’s no need to wander around to find different options. Naturally, we are only going to focus on the tools that can have a direct impact on torrenting.

Security Options

On the security options panel, you will be able to increase the security of your connection. To be more specific, 256 bit is the highest encryption available. And it’s also a good idea to enable DNS and IPv6 leak protection. It’s a way to be certain that there are no leaks. There were some issues in the past with DNS, but PureVPN solved it by adding this feature. 

Kill Switch

The Kill Switch is one of the fundamental tools for the ones who want anonymity for their downloads. If the VPN connection drops, this feature will kill the Internet connection before your real IP is visible.

It’s nice to see that the software comes with more than the traditional Kill Switch button. It has options that give the user full control over this feature. For example, there’s the option of stopping the Internet completely in case you stop the VPN manually. In other words, if this last box is checked, your Internet will only work when there is a VPN connection. This is a great way of ensuring that your data is encrypted at all times.

Other Features

Besides the features we described, there are plenty of other tools that can play a role in your protection, or simply make things easier. These are other tools included in the software:

  • Dedicated IP address
  • Multi Port
  • VPN Hotspot
  • Port Forwarding (It can increase torrent speeds, but it can also reduce security)
  • NAT Network
  • Ping Test
  • Software in 8 different languages

Compatibility

Pure VPN is compatible with the most popular platforms, such as Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and more. They allow 5 simultaneous connections, so a single user can protect up to 5 devices with the same account. It’s more than enough for one person. There are enough extra connections for someone you trust to use your account. For example, a single account can protect an entire 5 member family.

Speed Tests

Like all the VPN providers we recommend, the speed with PureVPN was good. Although some servers were on the slower side, we could easily find fast ones as well. Considering we had the maximum encryption selected, the results are quite good. These are the results we achieved with servers located in the Netherlands.

Speed test without a VPN
Without VPN
Download speed test with PureVPN
Connected to PureVPN (OpenVPN UDP protocol)
Torrent download without a VPN connection
Without VPN
PureVPN for torrenting test
Connected to PureVPN (OpenVPN UDP protocol)

Price

As it usually happens with VPNs, the longer the subscription, the bigger the discount. That is the case with PureVPN. They offer a very affordable two-year plan, which is cheaper than most VPN providers.

Also, there is a money back guarantee policy of 31 days. This means the user has 31 days to test the software and decide on whether to continue using the service or having his money back.

What we like about PureVPN

  • They don’t keep user logs
  • Based in Hong Kong
  • Great encryption (256 bit AES)
  • Shared IP addresses
  • Many important security extra features
  • Possibility of changing the language of the software
  • An impressive number of server locations
  • 5 simultaneous connections
  • 31 days money back guarantee

What could be improved

This is a complete provider that offers a lot of features. But, like every other service, there are always details that can be optimized. At the moment, this is our suggestion:

  • Improving the number of fast servers would be great. Although we saw many good servers, there were also quite a few with slower speeds.

Conclusion

PureVPN passed all our torrent tests with no problems. Although they had some problems in the past, they clearly worked on them. Now, this VPN software offers a strong encryption along with a complete set of features. We liked the fact that they offer important tools, such as a Kill Switch and DNS leak protection
 
The fact that they don’t save activity logs is an extra layer of security, giving peace of mind to their users. Considering that the price can go as low as $2.88 per month, it’s definitely one of the most affordable VPNs. 
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