Written by: Bogdan Patru
Yes, you can. The issue is not necessarily that the ISP has a beef with VPNs per se.
The problem is often torrenting through the vpn when connected to mediacom network. This what many users still have problems with.
We’ve heard stories from customers whose internet speed gets throttled excessively if they have an active torrent download.
This could only lead one think that Mediacom tracks your traffic knows what you’re doing online at all times.
Something that all VPN users fear – DNS leaks!
An incorrectly configured VPN connection can reveal your true IP.
This is especially worrying for Mediacom customers.
Why? Because of their “three-strikes policy” on torrents:
While this sounds inconvenient and a bit oppressive, many users have reported that it’s not enforced. Some have even claimed that they received five notices in the span of a few months with nothing happening.
It may be just a scare tactic that they use to prevent users from torrenting. Either way, Mediacom does receive many DMCA notices from copyright holders, pinpointing certain IP addresses that have downloaded their materials.
As such, some users have received notices from Mediacom insisting that they would terminate the users’ services for “copyright infringement”, even when those users had been using a VPN that should have protected them.
The only reasonable and plausible theory for why the speed would be plummeting when using a VPN with Mediacom or why you receive notices is that the VPN itself is to blame.
I’m uncertain whether Mediacom is actively throttling the speed of VPN users, but considering that there are a lot of companies that use VPNs and have no problems, the problem seems to be elsewhere entirely.
As such, we should talk about how you can manage your VPN to get rid of any leaks, and how you can prevent Mediacom from sending you any notices.
No one, not even your ISP, should be able to decrypt and see what you do on the internet when you’re using a VPN. Although your ISP may be able to see patterns in your internet traffic that point to torrent sharing.
As such, here are a few tips and tricks that you can use to build an impenetrable digital shield around you:
This will stop your computer sending any traffic out through any ports not secured by the VPN, and ensures all your internet use is encrypted. See our guide to VPN routers for more information.
Go to DNSleaktest.com, and see whether the IP you get is that of the VPN or your actual one.
If it’s your real IP, then you have a problem. Try deactivating WebRTC in your browser. Chrome, Firefox, and Opera all have this option activated by default.
Make sure the kill-switch feature is enabled, just in case the VPN stops working out of the blue. Some users had a better idea – setting up your Firewall to only allow internet traffic if the VPN is functioning properly.
If, for some reason, the VPN stops working, the firewalls cuts of the internet connection immediately.
NordVPN provides several specialty servers. One of which can help you with the Mediacom issue.
Obfuscated servers disguise your VPN traffic as normal encrypted internet traffic, meaning that if Mediacom does in fact monitor and throttle torrent traffic, they won’t even detect it.
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