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Introduction

Since its inauspicious public appearance just under 12 years ago  bittorrent has become one of the major download formats. With good reason too: it's fast, equitable and efficient. For the downloader, bittorrent offers an uncorrupted copy of the original with the option to stop the download at any time and re-start from where the download left off (very useful for those on shaky internet connections)
f you haven't yet installed a Bittorrent client on your PC, you should as there are some great freeware clients available.   In Bittorrent the best clients are free.  (In fact, if a client costs money, it is most likely a scam).

This article is part of a series of articles on bittorrent here at Gizmo's Freeware.  If you are not familiar with bittorrent, then before using this article you should read this:

There are setup guides here at Gizmo's Freeware for each of these suggested free bittorrent clients.  Links to the guides are with the product description in the Quick Selection Guide at the end of the review.

This review was prepared on February 8, 2013, and the testing was conducted in the two weeks before that date and used the latest versions of the clients at that time.

Testing

Anyone with knowledge of bittorrent knows that it is nearly impossible to have a testing procedure that is foolproof in measuring small differentials in speed among bittorrent clients.  This is due to the fact that your download speed depends on the upload of other active users and there is no control over their actions while testing.  However, I have been testing clients for this category for several years and am convinced that the better clients can be separated from the others.

There were 7 rounds of testing to boil down the 17 clients tested to the 7 in the review.    Six torrents and three magnet links were used in this part of the testing.  I then conducted several tests in two rounds of testing to determine the Top Pick.  I did post pdf copies of my notes for each round of testing:  Bittorrent Testing 2013 Notes

All of the clients listed in the review had excellent performance on all of the testing, so all are superior bittorrent clients.  The speed performance on the testing was a factor.  Even though the speed differences were small, some consistently performed slightly better.  Features and support were also factors.  CPU and RAM mattered in that a client without many features that had high CPU or RAM use would fall to one with low CPU/RAM use.  Toolbars and addons in the installation process were a slight factor.

Testing was performed on Windows 7 64bit.

About Me

I am not a technical expert, but I  have been using bittorrent since 2003.  Before coming to Gizmo's I was the Administrator at a general bittorrent forum site, giving assistance on a variety of clients, and a moderator at the Vuze fora.  I still view a number of bittorrent fora and the fora of the various bittorrent clients.  This gives me a good idea of what the average user is looking for in a bittorrent client.

Ranking

All of these clients have the basic bittorrent features like DHT, PEX, encryption and UPnP. 

All seven of the bittorrent clients listed here performed excellently on all test torrents.  Speed and performance was a factor, but features and support facilities were major considerations.  A clean installation (without toolbars or ads) was a plus.

Most people just want a client to download torrents, but there are some features that a number of users like to use, such as a built in IP Filter, use of RSS feeds, proxy support, a scheduler and a web interface.

I will make note of those that have installs or other changes to your system that are not necessary for the proper function of the bittorrent client.   I strongly suggest that if you choose a bittorrent client that has these unnecessary add ons, to not accept those changes or add ons.  I have put up guides to help with the installation of the three clients that have these unnecessary steps in the installation process.

 
Discussion

 All seven of these clients performed excellently on all the test torrents and any one of them will meet your needs as a bittorrent client.  There was some slight download speed differentials, but nothing too significant.

tixati-main-screen-thumbTixati is the top pick this year as it runs fast, offers a lot of information and has the most appealing interface in a very efficient package, RAM and CPU wise. 
Tixati always seems to be in active development and the developers are receptive to users input.  The wide variety of layout options are indicative of their responsiveness to users.  Tixati has all the features that an average user wants.
Their help facilities have grown, but have gotten a bit out of date..  Their forums are responsive,
I was surprised to find that Tixati does not support web seeds.  Generally not an issue, but there will be an issue with the 3 million torrents at Archive.org as many of those are seeded by web seeds. 
Many users will like the colored display and the many options for display as well as the vast amount of information offered within a program that uses relatively little system resources.  The clean install will appeal to all.

Pros:  Stable and efficient with a good variety of options.  Developers are active and responsive to user requests.  Attractive interface.  Good help resources.  Clean install.

Cons:   Help resource, though very good, could use some updates.  No support for web seeds.

qbittorrent-main-screen-thumbqBittorrent is the choice for those users that just want to download torrents and are not interested in graphs, extra information and display.  qBittorrent tested slightly faster on the test torrents consistently.  Its RAM and CPU use make it the most efficient client here.
It has all the features that an ordinary user would want. Their built in search runs quick and has a good number of sites included at default.  I am usually not a big fan of built in searches, but this one is superior to the rest.  Plugins for additional sites are available.   
The Wiki  has improved, but is not among the best..  The situation at the forums is good.   Response at their bugs page is excellent and the responses are from the developer.  
qBittorrent has been the Top Pick here at TSA for a few years and was only a sliver behind Tixati this year.  This is an excellent client that is fast with all the features an average user needs with small CPU and RAM use and a clean install.

 Pros:  Low and stable RAM and CPU with all the necessary features.  Fastest performance on torrents.  Development still seems to be very active and responsive to users.  Clean install, no addons etc.  Cross platform client.

Cons:  Support has improved, but could be better.   Not that well known and not accepted at many private torrent sites (though the situation is improving).

These next three clients include the Spigot Toolbar along with home page and search engine changes in their installation.  The Spigot toolbar is considered malware by many and their site has a red (high risk) warning from WOT.  2 also have Open Candy software suggestions during install and 1 has software suggestions that may be Open Candy, but I cannot confirm. 

I suggest that you decline all such offers.  Since I have seen so many users complain of the toolbars and changes taking effect after installation, I have put up installation guides (see Quick Selection Guide)  to help avoid these unnecessary extras,

I had considered removing these three from the suggested list because of the Spigot toolbar.  However, since I am going to start re-testing (and re-writing this review) soon, I will leave as is for now.

I strongly suggest that you use one of the other 4 clients suggested here.

vuze-main-screen-thumbVuze  is a good choice for those users that utilize a VPN or proxy, due to its options that can stop all activity off the VPN or proxy (useful if the VPN/Proxy goes down) and its option to disable IPv6 support (for VPNs that have an IPv6 leak.
Vuze is still an excellent client with a wide variety of plugins  and options and information.   They were the first bittorrent client to add streaming capabiities.
Their help resources (Vuze-Wiki and Vuze forums) have taken a step back, but the Wiki is still an excellent source of information and the fora does provide decent support. 
Although the client has improved its RAM use greatly since the Azureus model, it still is the big RAM user here, though this is really not an issue in this day and age.
Their install includes a toolbar and home and search page changes enabled at default.  There is also a software install offered  and it also has advertisements in the Vuze portion of the client (can be avoided by  using the "Classic" interface).
Many users like the intricate details this program provides, its streaming capabilities and its VPN and Proxy support is superior to other bittorrent clients.

Pros: There is a wide variety of options and information within the program and an impressive array of plugins to satisfy any need.  Support for VPN  and Proxy use is superior.   Streaming capability.  Cross platform. 

Cons:  Toolbar install and home page change enabled at default on install.  Advertisements within free version of Vuze interface (can be avoided by using Classic interface).  Highest RAM use of the clients here. Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes.  Software offers similar to Open Candy.

utorrent-main-screen-thumbµTorrent has been top pick here in the past and is still a superior bittorrent client.
With the excellent results on the test torrents, the fact that it is a stable and low resource using client and the vast amount of features packed into this tiny program, this is a top flight bittorrent program.  
The support provided by  µTorrent's FAQs, guides and forums is excellent, though it has diminished a bit from past years. 
Streaming to devices capability has been added in recent releases.
µTorrent does try to foist a toolbar, home page change, search engine change and a software download during install.     Recent versions of µTorrent have been in disfavor at many private sites, supposedly for reporting to the tracker issues.
µTorrent has become by far and away the most popular bittorrent client due to its small, efficient, feature filled package.

Pros:  Excellent speeds on torrents, efficient and stable client with a large amount of features packed into a tiny package.  Excellent help resources. Streaming capability.

Cons:  Has had critical security alerts at Secunia. (though none on this version).  Toolbar install (not necessary for program) and search/home page change enabled at default on install.  Unnecessary software offered during install.   Recent versions of µTorrent have been in disfavor at many private sites, supposedly for reporting to the tracker issues.  Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes.  Software offers from Open Candy.

bittorrent-main-screen-thumbBitTorrent.  Everything I said about µTorrent, above applies to BitTorrent as the two are identical in their options and engine.  Both are owned by BitTorrent, Inc., and are developed by the same development team.  If you prefer the name BitTorrent and its purple color over the µTorrent name and its green color, then that would be the only reason to choose this client over µTorrent.

Even though the two clients are the same, BitTorrent is still banned at most private torrent sites (even though they accept µTorrent). 

Like µTorrent, BitTorrent is a small and efficient bittorrent client with a great deal of features and will appeal to many despite the "extras" in the installation.

Bittorrent:  Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes.  Software offers from Open Candy.

These last two clients offer a clean installation and performed excellently on the test torrents.  Their lack of support and some features is the reason they are last on this review.

Transmission-QT (Windows) is a basic bittorrent client that runs fast and has a simple interface.  It is missing some features and does not have much support.
This is not an "official" release of the Transmission team, but has been touted in their forums for years and now has its own site at Sourceforge.
Not quite as efficient, RAM and CPU wise as some of the other offerings here that have more features.
The clean install and basic interface will appeal to those who just want to download torrents and do not need any bells and whistles.  This Windows port of Transmission will give you speed with the best.

Pros:  Efficient and stable with excellent speeds.  Simple interface.  Clean install, no addons etc.

Cons:  Not an "official" release of the Transmission team and is lacking help resources.  Missing some features

halite-screenshot-thumbHalite has the smallest RAM use of the seven clients.  It is a clean, small and fast bittorrent client, but lacks some features and has almost no support facilities.  If you just want to download torrents on a client with a simple interface, the Halite is a nice choice.
Halite was off this list in last review as it had not been updated within a year.  The version tested here was released just prior to the testing for this review.  So, there is some uncertainty for continued updates. 
This is a good client for those who want a simple, no frills bittorrent client.

Pros:  Small, efficient and fast bittorrent client.  Lowest RAM use of the suggested clients.

Cons:  Missing some features.  Support is weak.  Releases have been sporadic.

 
Related Products and Links

  A full listing of the bittorrent help pages here at Gizmo's Freeware is now at

There are also links to the guides for each suggested bittorrent client in the Quick Selection Guide below.

Tixati
4.5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Stable and efficient with a good variety of options. Developers are active and responsive to user requests. Attractive interface. Good help resources. Clean install.
Help resource, though very good, could use some updates. Does not support web seeds.
http://tixati.com/
1.96
10.1 MB (32bit) 11.1 MB (64bit)
32 and 64 bit versions available
Free for private use only
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows 7 & 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 Linux
qBittorrent
4.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Low and stable RAM and CPU with all the necessary features. Fastest performance on torrents. Development still seems to be very active and responsive to users. Clean install, no addons etc. Cross platform client.
Support has improved, but could be better. Not that well known and not accepted at many private torrent sites (though the situation is improving).
3.0.10
12.5 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available but not from the developer.
Windows XP/Vista/7/8 Linux Mac
Vuze
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
There is a wide variety of options and information within the program and an impressive array of plugins to satisfy any need. Support for VPN and Proxy use is superior. Streaming capability. Cross platform.
Highest RAM use of the clients here. Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes. Software offers similar to Open Candy. Advertisements within free version of Vuze interface (can be avoided by using Classic interface).
http://www.vuze.com/
5.0.0.0
9.1MB (32bit) 9.0MB (64bit)
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Java support /Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/NT/8, Linux, Mac
µTorrent
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Excellent speeds on torrents, efficient and stable client with a large amount of features packed into a tiny package. Excellent help resources. Streaming capability.
Has had critical security alerts at Secunia. (though none on this version). Recent versions of µTorrent have been in disfavor at many private sites, supposedly for reporting to the tracker issues. Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes. Software offers from Open Candy.
http://www.utorrent.com/
3,3.1
1.07MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Free for private use only
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Wine Mac Linux (Alpha)
BitTorrent
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Same as µTorrent above as they are identical bittorrent clients. Excellent speeds on torrents, efficient and stable client with a large amount of features packed into a tiny package. Excellent help resources. Streaming capability
Same µTorrent above, except that BitTorrent is not accepted at most private torrent sites. Has had critical security alerts at Secunia. (though none on this version). Recent versions of µTorrent have been in disfavor at many private sites, supposedly for reporting to the tracker issues. Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes. Software offers from Open Candy.
http://www.bittorrent.com/
7.8.1
1.07 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Free for private use only
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Wine Mac Linux
Transmission-QT (Windows)
3.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Efficient and stable with excellent speeds. Simple interface. Clean install, no addons etc.
Not an "official" release of the Transmission team and is lacking help resources. Missing some features
2..8.0
15.7 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Halite
3.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Small, efficient and fast bittorrent client. Lowest RAM use of the suggested clients.
Missing some features. Support is weak. Releases have been sporadic.
0.3.4
2.8 MB (32bit) 3.4 MB (64bit)
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/NT/8

 

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Comments

by mr6n8 on 4. July 2013 - 15:18  (108970)

You did not give any information on how you set up Tixati or uTorrent, so I will have to guess why.

My guess is that you did not follow the guide here on Optimizing Tixati for Speed (and probably did not for uTorrent either).

A difference between the two is that uTorrent has an option (enabled at default) to automatically set an exception in the Windows firewall and Tixati does not have such an option.

I believe that if you had followed the guide for Tixati, then you would have found the speeds right there with uTorrent.

On the "highly rated", the article is clear that the top echelon of picks are essentially equal speed wise. The differentials are the look and info that Tixati gives as well as its lack of ads and addons in the install process that uTorrent and BitTorrent have.

Steve

by JJames on 3. July 2013 - 12:03  (108943)

I tried utorrent, it was the first program I tried for downloading. I find it generally easier to download directly from my web browser though, so I use the torch browser when I want to download. I don't think there's another one that does the same thing...

by mrjohncool32 on 4. July 2013 - 14:46  (108968)

uTorrent and Bittorent are pretty close to the same in features. The looks are similar as well. I have used both and they are great programs.

by mr6n8 on 4. July 2013 - 15:19  (108971)

uTorrent and BitTorrent are identical except for name and color. They are both built by the same release team and about the only real difference is that the uTorrent updates are released slightly before the BitTorrent update.

Steve

by mr6n8 on 3. July 2013 - 12:31  (108945)

Opera does have a built in bittorrent client and there may be some others. I did test Opera and Torch and Torch performed much better than Opera.

Torch did just as well speed wise as these clients. The reason it was not included was due to the lack of options and the RAM and CPU use was higher than using one of these separate clients. (Vuze used more RAM, but it does have many more options and addons)

Torch is not a bad option, just not as good as these.

My bottom line was that a user could have all the options available with a separate client and still use less RAM and CPU than Torch.

Steve

by shanemorales on 10. June 2013 - 18:01  (108445)

I've recently reinstalled uTorrent and tried Tixati. Both of these clients want to communicate with, and receive communication from, over 100 sites (I stopped counting at 100, but there were plenty more after that). What's the deal with that? I find this very intrusive and concerning.

Is there a torrent client that doesn't try to talk to the entire internet, only the site I'm downloading something from?

by mr6n8 on 11. June 2013 - 6:26  (108456)

What software gives you the warning they are trying to communicate to sites?

Bittorrent clients generally communicate with a large number of other users as that is how content is distributed in bittorrent, through the upload of active users.

Steve

by shanemorales on 12. June 2013 - 0:07  (108472)

My ESET Firewall. I understand how bittorrent works (multiple users, etc), but I don't understand why these clients need to talk to 100+ sites during installation and when they're running, but not downloading anything. I never got to the point of actually downloading a torrent.

by mr6n8 on 29. June 2013 - 18:32  (108820)

As MrWhite has said below, the clients are not connecting to sites. Your firewall is misinterpreting the communications.

The reason there is connections made when not torrents are downloading (or uploading I assume), is that communications are made on the DHT network and also to the trackers on the active torrents. There may also be some communications to peers that had been connected to previously on a torrent.

Sorry for the delay in getting back on this, but I was on the road with bad or no internet and also had some computer crashes.

Steve

by MrWhite on 27. June 2013 - 17:46  (108759)

There is nothing wrong with any of the clients you mentioned, and they're not connecting to any "site".

As you've already been explained by Steve, bittorrent works by connecting your client to the clients of other users on their end (not "sites", there aren't any "sites" involved other than maybe each torrent's tracker), from whom you'll be uploading or downloading files. It connects not only to active downloaders or uploaders with whom you're transferring files at any given moment, but to other users connected to the same torrents. It must communicate with them first, even before an active transfer takes place. Which is exactly as most other P2P networks work and have always worked as well, even before bittorrent existed.

Of course that your firewall software will show those connections, and of course they're normal and necessary for you to be able to transfer any files. This is the standard behaviour both with the clients you mention and any other bittorrent client, since is how the bittorrent protocol works.

I would like to suggest the mods to either remove or lock topics such as this one, since it only displays lack of knowledge of the theme subject, and it would only serve to give readers of this site the wrong idea about the clients mentioned here.

by mr6n8 on 29. June 2013 - 18:35  (108821)

Thanks for your answer on this. As I stated above, I had some issues that prevented me from completing my answer.

As to removing these posts, it is quite possible that other users (particularly those with the same firewall) may get the same issue and this would help explain.

Unfortunately, I was not able to complete my answer timely, but yours would help any such user.

Steve

by MidnightCowboy on 27. June 2013 - 23:03  (108763)

You can also argue that knowledge is best improved when comment replies such as yours are shared with a wide audience. This is why we prefer to keep such topics published in the hope that responses will benefit others. MC - Site Manager.

by Joe A.TT on 28. June 2013 - 0:49  (108765)

I agree that locking a topic just because someone doesn't understand how a program works would be rather harsh.

Persons of all levels frequent this site, and it's all about helping one another. We should remember we were once beginners too. For that matter, I continue to learn a lot from this site, including through comments made by others. Discouraging a person because they don't know enough is not something I'd like to see on this site.

by Belle98 on 23. May 2013 - 12:56  (107988)

I hope you can help me.

My OS is Windows 8. Whenever I download a torrent, my system almost comes to a stand still and I cannot get access to any websites. What am I doing wrong? I had Utorrent which I have since deleted and my system is working fine. The exact same thing happened with Bit Torrent.

Any suggestion would be grateful.

Thanks,
Joanne

by mr6n8 on 23. May 2013 - 13:17  (107989)

uTorrent and BitTorrent are identical clients, except for name and color. So if you have an issue with one, it is almost certain you will have the same issue with the other.

I am not aware of any specific issues with Windows 8. It may be your security software causing the issue.

In any event, I would suggest trying Tixati (it is Windows 8 compatible) and see if you still have the issue. Also, use the optimizing guide for Tixati here at Gizmo's Freeware (linked above) as that should help.

Steve

by Zima on 23. May 2013 - 10:46  (107985)

1. I use qBittorrent. It's really a good torrent client but needs more features. Very efficient, fast, and high performance client for downloading and seeding.

2. You may need to have uTorrent or Vuze, because some trackers, private trackers and private torrent websites still does not support and accept clients like qBittorrent or Tixati.

3. All of these 4 clients (qBittorrent, Tixati, Vuze and uTorrent) are good.

So I suggest:

Use qBittorrent or Tixati as your primary client and Vuze or uTorrent as your secondary client.

I have qBittorrent and Vuze.

by mr6n8 on 23. May 2013 - 13:19  (107990)

Good points. Although qBittorrent is gaining acceptance at more private sites. Unfortunately, Tixati has not been as widely accepted.

Also, uTorrent's latest versions have been rejected by a good number of sites, so Vuze is probably a better choice if one uses a private site that does not accept qBittorrent.

Steve

by Zima on 23. May 2013 - 16:26  (107994)

I agree with you, Steve. That's the reason why I don't use Tixati. Tixati is a good client but not popular. I compared Tixati to qB (qBittorrent) by downloading same torrents. Some of the trackers does not accept Tixati and reject connections from this client but accept qB. I don't know why they reject Tixati. Not good to see the good Tixati is treated like a bad and poor client.

I was an uT user for years but I don't like it anymore due to its changes. So I've replaced it with qB. qB works well and I don't use uT anymore. uT is good but not as good as old uT in previous years.

Also Vuze is much better than uTorrent. Maybe it's complicated a bit, but if someone use it as her/his main and primary client, I think he/she will like it. Vuze is a feature-rich client. Very good for people who want something more than just downloading and seeding. I use Vuze for creating new torrents and much more.

So using a simple but powerful client like qBittorrent (qB) plus an advanced, popular and well-accepted client like Vuze is my recommendation.

by supanut on 20. May 2013 - 13:00  (107891)

What about Bitcomet? I had not tried it, but it seems to be a clean install without toolbars, according to my latest install in Sandboxie.

by mr6n8 on 21. May 2013 - 11:51  (107929)

BitComet did clean up its install. Other than toolbar integration which is kind of sneaked in, it is clean now.

BitComet has been suggested here in the past. However, this time it fell out when it failed on one of the torrent tests. On the Damn Small Linux torrent and magnet tests, which has all bad trackers and relies on DHT and PEX only, BitComet failed to get started at all while other clients finished quickly.

Steve

by supanut on 21. May 2013 - 23:46  (107943)

Oh I see.

by George.J on 10. May 2013 - 3:49  (107620)

BitTorrent Testing 2013

Gives some information and stats on various torrent clients.

The links at the end of the page shows the results of the final showdown on the 2 top best picks: Tixati and qBittorrent

by George.J on 28. April 2013 - 14:59  (107367)

Just downloaded Tixati and should say it's a very informative torrent client. How do I stop auto-downloading torrents after adding the magnet link?

by George.J on 10. May 2013 - 6:34  (107625)

Allright found it out. Go to Settinsgs->Transfers->General and uncheck the option "Start New Transfers" under Auto-Start

by mr6n8 on 21. May 2013 - 11:52  (107930)

Sorry I was out of town when you posted and could not get back to you on this.

Glad you found it. That is probably the most asked question on any bittorrent client and I will add your info in to a new help article for Tixati.

Thanks

Steve

by Mullins on 31. March 2013 - 4:33  (106688)

Hey Mr6N8, how come you didn't include Deluge in your comparison?

http://deluge-torrent.org/

by mr6n8 on 31. March 2013 - 11:10  (106690)

Deluge was tested and had been a suggested client for several years.

This time, Deluge failed on the test torrent (and magnet link) with all dead trackers. Deluge failed to even get started (0%) while other clients were completing the torrent easily. You can look at the test notes here (and the torrent links):
https://sites.google.com/site/bittorrenttesting2013/home/bittorent-testi...

I do note that they came out with an update on February 25, 2013, a month after the review. I have no idea how this version performs. Prior to that Deluge had not been updated since April, 2012, which had some people wondering if they were even still developing.

Steve

by Mullins on 12. April 2013 - 7:38  (107010)

In that case, please be sure to include Deluge in your next review, as the 1.3.6 release was heavy on the Windows fixes, along with a brand new UI. I'd personally say that 1.3.6 is the release that Windows users should have had all along.

by freestuffrocks on 26. March 2013 - 12:17  (106555)

Noticed this as a possible free VPN solution. Haven't used it yet but wondered if anyone else had.
https://torrentfreak.com/free-access-to-dozens-of-anonymous-vpns-via-new...

by mr6n8 on 26. March 2013 - 16:25  (106562)

I did see that article. I like the project, but I do not think it should be used for bittorrent.

These are volunteers offering up their connection. A lot of the servers I looked at had relatively low speeds to support bittorrent and other users. I have a feeling that if bittorrent got going on there, they would soon have to ban it as it uses too much bandwidth.

I know that TorrentFreak used some for small torrents and got through. But if a lot of users signed on and used torrents, I think speeds and connections would suffer.

I am also concerned about the logging. While many of the volunteers hold logs for 2 weeks, the main link is in Japan where the laws are more stringent. I am not sure how much information they keep.

That is a great project to help people in firewalled countries to get to information. Which is why I would shy away from using it for torrents.

I have been checking around in my spare time. So far I have found one that is really free and has no issues with torrents, but I am only getting about 125kBps.

Steve

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