Torrenting is more popular than ever, and if you find the right torrent sites, you’ll be able to download all the latest shows, movies, and music in no time.
However, the problem is that finding good torrenting sites can be tough. Google often hides them, or worse, shows spammy fake sites in the search result.
I tested over 50 torrent sites, looking for ones that were free, easy to use, had real torrents (nothing like trying to download a kid’s movie and finding out that it’s really porn), and didn’t leave nasty malware on my computer.
Important: You should always use a VPN when torrenting. It’s an important online security tool that will hide your IP address and keep you anonymous online. Additionally, ISPs are known to slow down a user’s internet speed when they’re doing data-heavy activities, such as torrenting. With a VPN, you can maximize your speed, so the torrents download faster, and you can enjoy your shows and movies without delay.
It seems like a new streaming site is released weekly, promising exclusive shows and movies. If you hate missing out on the latest shows but don’t want to subscribe to 5 or 6 streaming services, you’ll need a reliable torrent site or even two, just to keep up.
I compiled a list of the top 10 torrent sites that I use and feel comfortable recommending to family and friends.
The 10 Best Torrent Sites for 2022– Ranked for Selection, Speed, and Security
The Pirate Bay has had a long history of avoiding censorship and various government agencies. The site has been shut down multiple times, only to reappear bigger and better than before. Lately, things have calmed down, and The Pirate Bay is the most popular destination for torrenters looking for anything from TV, Movies, Music, Software, Audio Books, Games, and Applications.
The Pirate Bay filtering system really sets it apart from other top torrent sites. You can search for popular torrents, by genres, category, based on seeders and leechers, or just by most popular downloads.
The Pirate Bay has a verification system for uploaders:
Green pirate logo: Signifies a VIP Uploader
Pink pirate logo: This means that the file can be trusted
No pirate logo: An unverified user uploaded the file. Best to avoid downloading this torrent
Based on data for the past six months, The Pirate Bay has had over 4 million unique visitors a month. However, the reality is much higher as plenty of people prefer to access The Pirate Bay through numerous mirror sites.
The Pirate Bay does have a few ads, but far less than the typical torrent site. If they bother you, I recommend a VPN that comes with an ad blocker.
RARBG is a close second behind The Pirate Bay. I’ll usually switch back and forth when searching for a fast torrent to download. It has millions of monthly users and an excellent ratio of seeders and leechers. It has a vast collection of torrents, with everything from videos, software, books, porn, and so much more.
There are a few tools that help make it easier to find the files that you want. If you’re searching for a specific file by name instead of clicking on a category or most popular download options, you can filter the search based on quality and categories. I find this helpful to weed out all the results that aren’t relevant for me.
Then, when you find the file you want, you can open it and see screenshots, a link for a trailer (if relevant), ratings, and more.
With all this being said, RARBG can’t move past The Pirate Bay because the user experience is poor at times. There are way too many ads and not the kind that is on the page itself. When I click anywhere on the page, including links, a new tab opens in my browser with an ad. I put up with it because the site is great, and the torrents download fast, but I just can’t put it at number 1.
1337X is one of the original torrenting sites. It has a clean user interface and an easy-to-use filtering system that makes it so popular. The site brings in millions of torrenters a month since they know they’ll be getting high-quality, verified files.
I like that it includes search options for Trending Torrents, Movie Library, and New TV Episodes. I find this really helpful when I’m not sure what to download and watch.
Before downloading a torrent, 1337X gives you all the essential information you need. You can see how many times it’s been downloaded, the average ratio of seeders to leechers, who uploaded the file, and the upload date. Not only does this data help show whether a file is legit, but if you like the quality of the uploader’s work, you can click on the name and get a complete list of their uploads.
If you haven’t used 1337X recently, you might be surprised to see I ranked it so high. It did indeed have a few years where the web interface wasn’t good, and the site was overrun with malware. Thankfully, the site admins have cleaned up the mess and released a much improved version of 1337X.
Torrent Galaxy is still a relative newcomer when it comes to the best torrent sites. It launched in 2018 after the collapse of Extra Torrents. It quickly became one of the more popular torrenting sites, with more than 8 million monthly users.
I had no trouble finding all the latest TV, movies, and music releases, but it doesn’t have the best collection of older torrents. The download speeds were above average, as I finished downloading a 1.10 GB movie in under 10 minutes.
Torrent Galaxy has an active community that not only ensures the seeder to leecher ratio is good, but they also leave comments about the torrent files.
One of the unique features is the Torrent Galaxy has an extensive library of streaming shows and movies.
While the quality of the stream is excellent, I was annoyed that the first five times I clicked on the Play button, an ad opened in a new browser tab. Then, several ads covered the video player that I had to “x” out before I could start streaming. Even then, if I wanted to pause, rewind or fast forward the video, ads would open.
YTS, also known as YIFY, was one of the most downloaded torrent uploaders before opening its site in 2011. I was a big YIFY fan because I knew that I was downloading top-quality, safe movies.
The website is very user-friendly. It avoids the common trend of listing the file name and file data in a boring format. Instead, it opts for pictures or thumbnails of the movie poster. There are a few filtering options that are helpful if you don’t have a specific movie you want to see.
You can choose a year, movie genre, rating, and language. For most files, you can choose from a range of video quality and sizes, from web rips to high definition and subtitles.
The only two drawbacks to YTS are your options are limited to movies, and you have to deal with plenty of ads.
It’s tough to beat EZTV when it comes to torrenting the latest TV shows. The site interface breaks the releases out by day, so you can visit every day and grab the latest shows. On the downside, it can be difficult to remember what you want to download if you miss a day.
There was a period when I was so reliant on EXTV that I had no idea what I was up to in each series because I would just download the torrent when I saw it was released. However, if I missed a day or two, I would fall behind the show because I wasn’t paying attention to when new shows would be released.
While I do believe that EZTV is the best torrent site for just TV shows, there is room for improvement. My biggest problem is that you can’t download an entire season or even multiple episodes in a single file. Instead, you have to download every episode individually, which can be pretty time consuming.
I would also like to see a filter where I can choose only to see shows from specific TV networks or streaming platforms. As it is currently, there are so many shows that I never heard of, or I’m just not interested in, and the stuff I like gets lost in the crowd. There is the option to filter out daily shows or low-quality video files, which is a good start.
It wasn’t that long ago that LimeTorrents was a top five torrent site. It’s always had a large selection of TV, movies, and music, but lately, it seems like it’s missing some of the newer content. This can be attributed to the site getting locked down temporarily and users switching over to a more reliable site.
When it’s working, and it was when I tested it for this article, the speeds are reliable, and the torrents are real. One nice feature is that Limetorrents ranks the health of the torrent file. This can save precious time as you scroll through a list of files, trying to figure out which one is the best.
Even though Limetorrents isn’t as popular as it once was, it still has one the best collection of anime from around the world.
No longer the “new kids on the block,” Zoogle has finally made the jump into the Top 10 list of torrent sites. Its rise in popularity is due to a combination of a wide selection of torrents and a dedicated fan base that ensures the files have enough seeders to maintain top download speeds.
The homepage displays the TV and movies with the show art instead of the classic detail list. There is also a section on the sidebar menu where you can search for the Most Seeded files, which can help you find the most popular files, and you know they’ll download fast.
You can change the display to show new episodes that premiered the night before and new seasons in the TV section. The movies are divided into two categories, New Releases and Most Popular.
Zoogle has a search function that allows you to search by the show’s name, movie, or book, or by the author or actors in the show. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the search results. I searched for an actor, but the entire first page was appearances on late-night comedy shows instead of seeing his movies. There needs to be a way to improve the search function for Zoogle to rise in the rankings.
I’ll be honest; I had a hard time figuring out what to do with Torrentz2. Unlike the other torrent sites, you can’t download anything on the Torrentz2 website. Instead, it acts as a search engine, crawling all the torrent sites to compile an index of over 100 million torrents.
I ultimately decided that it must be on my list, but I should put it near the bottom since it isn’t technically a torrent site.
I searched for around 50 different movies and TV shows, and Torrentz2 was able to show me a good selection of results quickly. The interesting thing is that the links don’t say which website the torrents come from, and you can download them without leaving the Torrentz2 website.
The downside with Torrentz2 is that you have to know what you want to watch. There are no general categories or top download sections. You can only search for specific titles. Once you get your results, there isn’t a way to change the order based on the number of seeders/leechers, file size, or upload times.
iDope was initially developed as a tribute site to the late Kickass Torrent (I know it keeps coming back and disappearing – still waiting for consistency). However, it made some major changes that helped differentiate it from the hundreds of other upcoming torrent sites.
Of course, it has all the main categories needed to attract millions of monthly users. I had no trouble finding shows, movies, software, and music to download.
But what makes it unique is that it highlights popular users, giving downloaders easy access to their content library. Each user can categorize what you’ll find, such as IMDB Top 250 Movies, Top TV shows from 2020, Bollywood Movies, Popular, and much more. It’s an excellent solution for a user looking for a specific niche.
The downloads aren’t as fast as The Pirate Bay, RARBG, and 1337X, but it’s certainly manageable.
Top 3 Tips for Choosing a Torrent Site
There are thousands of torrent sites on the web, and sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between a legit site and one that’s trying to infect your system with malware or steal your identity.
No torrent site can ever claim to be 100% safe because millions of people upload and share the torrents, and the torrent sites don’t have the resources to look at every file.. Therefore, I strongly recommend that you use a reliable VPN to protect you from your ISP and potential hackers.
Here are some tips that I’ve found to be very helpful over the past 20+ years as a torrenter.
Reputable Website: This sounds a little ironic since the best torrent sites are constantly being chased after by various government or copyright agencies. Obviously, what I mean is to find a reputable site in the eyes of the torrent world. Find a torrent site that has been around for a few years, isn’t cluttered with so many ads you can’t figure out what’s a torrent download button and what will download random files to your computer.
Selection of Torrents: Some sites, like The Pirate Bay and RARBG, have a large selection of everything and don’t specialize in anything. This can be both good and bad, depending on what you need. If you’re only interested in Korean Pop Shows or Japanese Anime, they might not be the best options.
Popular Website: There are plenty of reasons to stick with popular sites. One is the assumption that millions of monthly users won’t be blind to a dangerous site. If something were to happen, the users would just migrate to another site. On a more practical level, the more popular a site is, the better the selection of torrents will be. Remember, torrents are uploaded and shared by users. If there are only a few uploaders, not only will the selection be limited, but the upload speeds will suffer as well.
You can check the popularity of a website through Alexa, which ranks all websites based on monthly traffic, or the number of seeders per file.
5 Torrent Sites to Avoid
There are many reasons to avoid a torrent site.
Too many fake torrents
Known to have malware
Overrun with ads to the extent that you can’t differentiate between legit downloads and advertisements that will take you to other websites
Bad seeder to leecher ratio
While looking for the best sites, I also found many sites that I strongly recommend you avoid.
KickAss Torrents (KAT): This one hurt a little since I was a big fan of KAT for several years. Unfortunately, the site was shut down, and its founder Artem Vaulin has had a slew of legal trouble. The original website has been permanently shut down, but fans and poorly made mirror sites still pop up all the time claiming to be the real KAT. These sites are full of malicious and fake files, as they don’t have access to the original KAT library of legit torrents.
TorrentFunk: You might fall into a funk when searching for a torrent on this site. The selection of torrents is much smaller than the Pirate Bay, RARBG, and 1337x. Additionally, the ads are way overdone, which is a good enough reason to avoid it.
TorLock: The biggest problem with TorLock is the lack of users. I tried downloading a 2GB movie, which took me around 14 minutes through the Pirate Bay, and the same movie took over an hour before I quit on TorLock.
IPTorrents: This might be a fantastic site, but since it requires a paid subscription, I’ll never know. I can’t imagine it has any torrents or extra security features that would convince me to switch from the free sites I use.
Demonoid: It is one of the original major torrent sites, but ears of legal trouble and shutdowns, including a two year disappearance, make me want to stay away. I’m not the only one avoiding Demonoid these days, as I noticed it was missing some updated content, and there aren’t as many seeders as other more popular sites.
Torrent Site Not Working?
If you’re having trouble accessing any of the torrent sites above, it could be that the website is blocked in your country, by your ISP, or a firewall. Whatever the reason, a VPN is the easiest solution to getting around these restrictions.
4 Tips for Staying Safe and Spotting Dangerous Torrents
Use a Private Search Engine: It’s best to avoid Google and Bing when searching for torrents. Due to pressure from some governments and copyright laws, they don’t show the main torrent sites. The problem with this is that the fake or copycat sites will appear in the search results. Of all the private search engines I’ve tested, I found DuckDuckGo to be the fastest and provide the best results.
Avoid Copycat Sites: This can be tricky at times since each major torrent site has multiple mirror sites. The official mirror sites are safe and are managed by the main site. The problem is some people create fake mirror sites. These usually have an overflow of ads, sometimes require registration or payment to download torrents, and typically have malicious and fake files.
Check the File Reputation before Downloading: Legit torrent sites provide plenty of data about the torrent file and the uploader. It’s a good idea to avoid torrents with a low seeder to leecher ratio and ones that don’t provide screenshots. You should also check out the uploader and see what kind of files they’ve uploaded, if the site verifies them, and read the comments on torrent sites that give that option.
Get Good Online Security Tools: In addition to a VPN, you should have a good antivirus and antimalware that will scan the torrents to ensure they aren’t malicious.
How to Download Torrents
Downloading torrent files isn’t like downloading a program file or pictures off the internet. Unlike those files, where the entire program is wrapped in a single installer, a torrent is a small file containing the metadata about the software, mobile, eBook, etc. Then, you need to download a special BitTorrent client that understands the metadata and uses a Peer to Peer (P2P) network to take small pieces of the files and combine them to create the complete movie, TV show, eBook, software, and more.
This process takes place behind the scenes; you don’t need to have much technical knowledge or access to a particular community to download complete torrent files.
There are many different BitTorrent clients. My favorite one is uTorrent. It is safe to download, free, and easy to use. While there is a premium pro version, I prefer the free version that has some ads, but it’s not too bad.
The uTorrent interface
Once you download and install uTorrent, you can go to any of the torrent sites listed above and start downloading torrents.
After finding a torrent file, you want to download, click on the magnet icon or download button.
Click the magnet icon
BEWARE: Most torrent sites, even the safe ones, have ads that are disguised as download buttons. It’s good to avoid big buttons and use the magnet link. If there is no magnet icon, check the URL destination of the button before clicking on it so you don’t accidentally end up on a random website.
A fake download button
Your browser might ask you if you want to open the file in your torrent client. Once you agree, the file will open in your torrent client. If the torrent includes multiple files such as cover art, subtitles, or multiple episodes, you can choose what you want to download and press OK. It will also show you how much space you have on your computer and the file size.
The BitTorrent client will then connect with all other users that are sharing the file and start piecing it together for you.
Is Torrenting Legal?
The quick and easy answer is yes, torrenting is 100% legal. It’s simply a fast method of downloading large files.
That being said, when people ask this question, they are typically asking about torrenting music, TV, movies, software, and other protected software. This is where there is a legal gray area, and the answer can vary depending on where you are located.
In many countries, downloading pirated or copyrighted torrents is considered illegal. However, a local government will rarely take action against a downloader since they typically focus on the people running the websites.
Your ISP is a different story. They can see what website you are visiting and what you’re doing and have been known to send out warning letters and even cancel user accounts.
There is a simple way to prevent your ISP from knowing that you torrent these types of files.
Get a premium VPN. It’s that simple, and it will cost you about the price of a cup of coffee per month.
If you’re not familiar with VPNs, they are easy-to-use software that changes your IP address to make you anonymous online. A simplified explanation is that the VPN reroutes your internet traffic through a tunnel. Your ISP can’t see what happens in the tunnel, and therefore won’t threaten to take action against you.
There are hundreds of VPNs to choose from, but they’re not equal. After testing over 50 free and premium VPNs, I created a list of the top 5 that I would recommend.
No matter which torrent site you go to, you’ll see a warning banner that your IP address is exposed, and you should always have a VPN on when torrenting. I find these banners funny because they also show up when I have my VPN connected, and it shows my remote IP address, which lets me know that it’s working.
But the question remains, why do we, and the torrent sites, recommend using a VPN?
The are several reasons that include online security, online privacy, maintaining your internet speed, and accessing geo-blocked torrent sites.
A trustworthy VPN reroutes your online connection from the server provided by your ISP to a remote server. This server can be located in the same country as you or on the opposite side of the world.
By creating this connection, the VPN does a few very important things:
It connects you to an IP address shared by thousands of other users, making you anonymous.
It uses strong encryption, usually eithe128 or 256 bit, which prevents hackers and some malware from infecting your computer and stealing your data.
With these two reasons in mind, here are the top four reasons you need a VPN for torrenting.
To bypass geo-restrictions: If you’re living in a country where torrenting websites like The Pirate Bay and RARBG are blocked, or your work/home/school firewall blocks torrenting sites, you need a VPN. All you need to do is connect your VPN to a server where the websites aren’t blocked or not connected to your firewall, and in seconds, you’ll defeat the restrictions.
Security while on the Torrent Sites: Even the best torrent sites have bad actors and malware looking to attack naïve torrenters. The secure connection will block Man-in-the-Middle attacks and hackers as they try to latch on to your connection through the torrents and steal your information.
Maximize your internet speed: It’s ironic that while VPNs have a reputation for slowing down a computer’s speed, in reality, they can improve your speed. ISPs have a well-deserv3d reputation for throttling or slowing down a user’s internet speed if they are torrenting, streaming, or doing other types of data-heavy activities. By connecting to your VPN, the ISP has no idea what websites you are visiting or what you’re doing. Therefore, they have no reason to throttle your speeds, and you can enjoy the full speed you’re paying for.
Robust tools to keep you anonymous: While we don’t condone doing anything illegal or stealing pirated software/movies/music/games etc., we also believe in online freedom. Connecting to a VPN will hide your IP address, change your virtual locations, and make it impossible for ISPs, government agencies, Copywrite lawyers, and anyone else trying to track your online actions. The advantage of a good VPN is that they have no-log policies which prevent them from storing or sharing user data, IP/DNS leak protection, so your real IP address isn’t revealed, and a kill switch that locks your internet connection in case your VPN connection drops.
So, without further ado, here are the six VPNs that will take care of all these issues, plus give you unlimited speeds and bandwidth so you can torrent 24/7.
When it comes to torrenting, CyberGhost can do it all. It starts with the dedicated torrenting servers available in over 60 countries. While you don’t have to connect to a special torrent server, they are optimized for speed and to handle data-heavy activities.
I ran multiple speed tests, both with specialty and regular servers, and came away very impressed. My speed never showed a noticeable drop; even if I saw a slight drop in the test, I didn’t feel It while browsing or downloading torrents.
CyberGhost recently upgraded its VPN protocols to include WireGuard, to go along with OpenVPN and IKEv2, which takes an already secure connection and makes it even more secure. When you connect to CyberGhost, you instantly become anonymous online, hiding your online actions and torrenting activities from your ISP, government agencies, and anyone trying to track your online activities.
When it comes to privacy, the CyberGhost collection of tools is top-notch. It starts with the 256-bit encryption on all servers. An automatic kill switch ensures that your real IP address or DNS information doesn’t get revealed, even if your VPN connection suddenly drops without warning. Lastly, CyberGhost is not located in the 5/9/14 Eyes countries that have a data-sharing network. Combine that with a strict no-log policy, and no one will know what you are doing online.
One of the nice bonus features that CyberGhost offers is an ad blocker. This is really helpful when visiting ad-infested torrent sites.
Torrent safely with CyberGhost today and save up to 83% when you get an annual plan. With a 45-day money-back guarantee, you’ll have plenty of time to test CyberGhost and download all the torrents you can handle.
Like CyberGhost, NordVPN has dedicated P2P servers that add an extra layer of security to protect user privacy. You can either opt for the fastest available server or pick a specific server you want to connect with.
NordVPN is compatible with all the popular torrenting clients. I use it with uTorrent, but I’ve tested it on BitTorrent, Vuze, and Deluge, and it was able to maintain my internet speed and download large files very quickly.
NordVPN is one of the oldest and most well-known VPN providers. It has maintained its popularity due to its fast speeds and excellent security features. There are no speed or data limits, which is great if you’re planning on doing a lot of torrenting.
It has an interactive map that makes it easy to select a location or country that you want to connect to. Once connected, you’ll be assigned an untraceable IP address. This prevents your ISP from seeing that you are torrenting. It’s important for two reasons:
Many ISPs will throttle your speeds if you’re torrenting
Some ISPs will report your torrenting activity to copyright holders or government agencies.
Not only does NordVPN hide your IP address, but it also has a kill switch and IP leak protection that ensures that no one will see your actual IP address.
NordVPN has apps for all major platforms and allows up to seven simultaneous connections. With a single license, you can secure your computers, phones, and even streaming devices like Roku and Firestick.
You can try NordVPN risk-free for 30 days with a hassle-free money-back guarantee.
IPVanish doesn’t have dedicated P2P or torrenting servers, but rather they claim that ALL their servers are optimized for torrenting. You can torrent as much as you want with no limits on speed or bandwidth. It also comes with unlimited server switches, if you want to keep changing your IP address.
I tested IPVanish with The Pirate Bay and EZTV, while connected to servers in Germany and Spain and was very impressed with the speeds. It took less than 10 minutes to download a movie that was just over 2GB.
IPVanish uses powerful 256-bit encryption to secure your data. There are also multiple VPN protocols to choose from, so you can prioritize speed or security. The best option is OpenVPN which combines the high-speed connection with high-level security.
IPVanish has all the tools needed to keep you anonymous. With servers in 65 countries, you can connect with over 40,000 IP addresses. IPVanish maintains a strict no-log policy, so you never have to worry that your online actions will be shared with a third-party marketing agency ISP, or government agency.
IPVanish is one of the most versatile VPNs with apps for all platforms, like Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Kindle, Fire Stick, most routers, and more. What’s even better is that you can connect with all your devices, since there are no device limits.
You can try IPVanish for free, thanks to a no-questions-asked money-back guarantee. You don’t have to talk with a sales agent or customer support, just log in to your user account and make the refund request. It can take up to 48 hours, but you will receive a full refund.
Surfshark burst on the VPN scene in 2018 with a crazy low price and no limit on the number of connected devices. As it matured over the past few years, adding crucial security features and improving its server network infrastructure, it managed to keep its prices low.
Now, it is one of the most popular VPNs, and with good reason. Torrenting is allowed on most of its servers, and with no speed or data limits, I was able to download entire TV series and movie franchises without thinking twice.
One of the major upgrades was the addition of the super-fast WireGuard protocol, which increased my torrent download speed when downloading movies on RARBG.
There are thousands of servers located in over 65 countries around the world, and Surfshark will automatically connect you to the best server based on your location.
Once connected to servers with 256-bit encryption, you won’t have to worry about hackers accessing your computer and stealing your personal data. Additionally, the Surfshark has a good record for not keeping logs and reliable leak protection that protects your anonymity.
Another side benefit of using Surfshark for torrenting is its CleanWeb feature that removes trackers, ads, malware, and phishing attempts.
You can download Surfshark for all your devices and enjoy a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re not completely satisfied.
PureVPN has taken an interesting approach to torrenting. Unlike other major VPNs that allow torrenting on all or most of their servers, PureVPN officially only allows torrenting from servers located in countries where it’s not illegal. That means that technically you can’t connect to a server in the US, UK, or Canada and head to Pirate Bay or 1773x to torrent a TV episode or music album.
But will they really block you? I didn’t have any trouble when I tested these servers out the other day, but I guess I could be risking my account being suspended or the website being blocked.
If you connect to a country that doesn’t have torrenting laws, PureVPN is a solid option. It has all the security features that you could want from a torrenting VPN. It starts with unlimited bandwidth that allows you to be a top seeder as well as download torrents 24/7.
PureVPN gives its users the option to choose from OpenVPN, WireGuard, and IKEv2 to connect with servers that have 256-bit encryption. The server network includes over 6,500 servers in 78 countries. The VPN also includes an automatic kill switch that prevents your data from leaking out and exposing your true online identity.
PureVPN is located in the British Virgin Islands, a region that has no data-sharing agreements with other countries, so there is no reason to worry that your browsing history or online activities will be handed over to government officials.
You try PureVPN risk-free for 31 days, thanks to a no-questions-asked money-back guarantee. It gives you enough time to test everything and ensure that the servers you want to connect with work with torrenting and the speeds are fast enough for you.
Can You Use a Free VPN for Torrenting?
I understand the draw of trying a free VPN for torrenting. After all, the entire reason for torrenting is because I don’t want to pay for movies or multiple streaming services.
That being said, I strongly recommend avoiding the headache of downloading and trying out free VPNs. It’s a time-consuming way to find out that your best option is to simply purchase a VPN.
There are many problems with free VPNs:
Limited bandwidth: Most reliable free VPNs are just trying to upsell you a premium VPN. Therefore, it limits the data, and a single torrent can quickly eat up your data.
Limited servers: Some freemium VPNs only offer their users a small percentage of the total server network. For example, TunnelBear has servers in over 20 countries, but the free version only gives you access to a handful of them.
Not secure: If you’re using a completely free VPN that doesn’t have a premium version, you are the product. This means that the VPN company is trying to profit off your connection by selling your data or targeting you with intrusive ads.
Doesn’t protect your privacy: The entire reason for using a VPN for torrenting is to protect your privacy. Most totally free VPNs aren’t known for their privacy features and have data leaks or stores user logs. Therefore it has no real value, and instead of helping you, it’s really harming you.
Slow speeds: One of the advantages of a premium VPN is that it has no speed limits. Free VPNs are known to actively slow down your internet speed due to low-quality servers, or the slowdown is caused by overcrowded servers.
For all these reasons and others that I probably haven’t thought of or experienced, it’s worth your time and security to invest in a premium VPN.
If you’re really strapped for cash, you can take advantage of money-back guarantees offered by most VPN vendors. For example, get an annual subscription to CyberGhost and then make a refund request before the 45-day money guarantee expires.
Glossary: Understanding Important Torrenting Terms
Seeders: These are the people are who share the file. They will leave the complete file in their BitTorrent client so others can download it. Torrents with a lot of seeders typically download faster.
Peers: A user that is downloading a file but doesn’t have the full file yet.
Leecher: There are two types of leechers. When talking about the Seeder/Lecher ratio, the Leecher is the same as a peer. It represents the number of people downloading the file. A file with more leechers than seeders will take longer to download. Leecher also describes a peer who only downloads files but rarely or never uploads or shares any files.
Swarm: The total number of seeders and leechers on a specific torrent.
Tracker: The server that tracks who is in the swarm. It connects the users and helps facilitate the download.
Magnet Link: A typical torrent file contains metadata that it uses to search for matching files needed to download the file. The Magnet Link gets rid of the metadata, instead, it uses a hash code and finds seeders sharing the file. It’s a faster and more convenient way of torrenting.
Mirror Sites: Nearly identical copies of websites, not only in terms of design but content as well. These are popular in torrenting to protect a site if the government shuts it down.
These are the best VPBs in 2021
10 Best Torrent Sites (TV, Movies & More) + 5 Torrent Sites to Avoid
After an exhaustive review of torrent sites, I found that the best overall torrent site is still The Pirate Bay. It has everything that I needed, from a huge selection of torrents to fast speeds, and it categorizes the torrents by the uploader, which helps find real torrents that aren’t infected with malware. RARBG and 1337x are close contenders for the top spots, as they carry a wide range of torrents.
If you’re looking for the best torrent site for a specific niche, check out this list:
Best Torrent Site for Movies: YTS by YIFY only focuses on movies. You can download everything from new releases to classic films, with different choices in quality and subtitles where available.
Best Torrent Site for TV: EZTV is the unquestioned leader when it comes to downloading TV torrents. The torrents are organized by the day the show aired, making it easy to find all the newest episodes, or you can search by the show’s name.
Best Torrent Sites for Music: Using the Torrentz2 search engine brings back an unbelievable selection of music torrents. You can download entire albums or even the entire library for an artist.
Best Torrent Sites for Games: You can go to Zoogle and find a great selection of games of PC and console games
What is the best client for torrenting?
I recommend uTorrent as my torrent client of choice. It’s secure, fast, and runs in the background without slowing down your system too much. Another benefit of uTorrent is that you can start streaming the torrents before the download is complete if you download the web client.
Do I need a VPN when torrenting?
While you don’t need a VPN for torrenting, it’s certainly recommended. The VPN can bypass firewalls by your ISP that might block a torrent site and hide your IP address from anyone tracking torrenters. Additionally, the VPN will secure your data from bad torrents that attempt to give hackers and scammers access to your private data.