When you are torrenting with the protection of a Virtual Private Network, the last thing you want is for the VPN to disconnect and put you at risk. Unfortunately, this happens occasionally, and there are many potential reasons why this might be happening.
There are some things you can do to fix your VPN and stop the disconnection issue. And that’s what we are going to show you in this blog post.
How Can a VPN Disconnection be Dangerous?
If you are familiar with a VPN, then you know its job is to keep you anonymous. Therefore, if that VPN disconnects, it will stop protecting you. In other words, it stops doing its job.
You intend to hide your torrent activity, but disconnection is actually going to expose it.
How to Stay Safe with a VPN Disconnection?
Before we move forward, it’s important to mention that many VPNs have a handy tool built to protect you when your VPN disconnects. That tool is called the Kill Switch.
You can see our post about the kill switch for torrenting to know more about this tool. But, in a few words, it kills your connection when the VPN stops working. This tool makes sure that your real IP isn’t leaked when the VPN disconnects. Make sure you activate this feature to avoid leakage when you experience disconnections.
How to fix Regular VPN Disconnections?
If the VPN keeps disconnecting, you should consider some possibilities. Below, we show you the most common reasons and what to do to fix them.
1. Server issues
Sometimes, a server stops working correctly. And there are many reasons for that, such as:
- Server maintenance – it’s being repaired or updated
- Server load – too many people connected to the same server
- Distance – a big distance between you and the server causes very low speeds and sometimes disconnections
Whatever the reason, your best option is to try different servers that aren’t too far from you. For example, if you are in the US, try a server in Canada or Mexico to see if the problem goes away. That will give your connection more stability.
Also, go to the servers tab in your VPN software and see what information is available about each server. Some providers show you the server load, which can be very handy in this kind of situation.
They usually display a percentage in front of each server. The highest the number, the highest the load, meaning more people connected to it. Aim for a lower percentage to make sure you are not sharing the same server with a lot of people
2. Specialized Servers
Besides the server problems discussed before, a very particular situation may cause problems with your VPN connection.
When downloading torrents, you should remember that some VPNs do not allow BitTorrent traffic in most of their servers. They have built specialized servers for torrenting, and you can only download files when connected to those.
For example, if you are trying to torrent with a server designed for streaming, the VPN software may disconnect you. Look for servers with a “P2P” tag. That’s usually how VPN providers identify servers where file-sharing is permitted.
3. The VPN does not allow P2P
As you probably know, file-sharing is a sensitive subject, and some VPN providers do not allow it at all.
If you are trying to torrent with a VPN that does not allow P2P, interrupting your connection is normal. You have to check your provider terms to find out if they support BitTorrent.
4. Low Quality VPNs
If you use a free VPN or some other low-grade VPN software to download torrent files, you should expect such problems.
If that’s the case, it’s probably time for a change. Remember that a VPN has costs to keep their service running smoothly. If a provider does not charge its customers, it cannot maintain a certain quality level, and issues like a disconnection become normal.
The protocol you are using may be the culprit. We don’t advise permanently changing to unsafe protocols, such as L2TP or PPTP. But you may try changing between safe protocols, like OpenVPN UDP and TCP, to see if one of them works fine. If it does, then you found the reason for the VPN disconnections.
6. Antivirus and Firewall
The antivirus or firewall may be responsible for the problem as well. Try to disable each one and check if the VPN comes back to normal. If one of them was indeed interfering with your connection, don’t forget to add an exception before turning them on again.
If you have some other kind of anti-spyware software, it’s worth giving it a shot too.
7. Software version
Some providers do not warn you when there is a VPN software update, Or maybe you didn’t tick that box, and you are not receiving notifications. That being said, using an old version of the VPN could be the cause of a malfunction.
Make sure you are using the last version of the VPN software, which is available on the page of your VPN provider. Checking if there are updates is a good practice, not only with a VPN but also with all software.
If the VPN software is still disconnecting after trying all of the solutions we provided you, then it’s time to contact your VPN provider’s support. You have paid for a service, and the VPN offers support for situations like this.
You should take full advantage of the VPN knowledge your provider has; they know their product and probably have already seen the same issue you are facing.