Written by: Alex Popa
Whatever you do on the internet is directly linked to your IP.
When torrenting, your IP lights up like a Christmas tree. There will lead to leaks or even attract some unwanted visitors, and I assume you don’t want no spies in your cyber-backyard. To avoid any unnecessary complications, it would be a good idea to secure it because the BitTorrent clients don’t do that automatically.
Today’s article is about checking your IP, and encrypting it using a VPN.
The check-out procedure is quite simple. A couple of clicks here and there, and any redneck can become a digital ghost almost overnight.
All you have to do is to download a Magnet link from either one of the following four sites: CBCDN – IPMagnet, DoILeak, AirVPN, or TorGuard. We’ll talk about them later on.
Open the link with a torrent client and, in a matter of seconds, your torrent and browser IP will both show up on the webpage. Also, to avoid wasting time in the future, just keep the tracking link in the download list.
If you ever want to check your torrent IP again, just go in the Trackers section of your torrenting client.
That wasn’t so hard now, was it?
Now that you’re one step ahead in the race for impeccable security and top privacy, let’s see what those four websites are all about.
This website is run by a college student who does this out of pure pleasure and genuine interest. So, you shouldn’t worry about intrusive ads, malware or even viruses – it would be counter-intuitive for him to screw over his own clients. Even more, IPMagnet’s code is also available on GitHub where it can be audited and checked for any inconsistencies.
The steps are basically the same. Click on the download link, and then just check for your IP either on the webpage itself or in the torrent client. It’s also good to know that nothing will be downloaded per se, for those of you who were still suspicious.
What’s great about CBCDN is that, when checking your IP on the website, you’ll also gain access to a precise history of your IP. This way, you can look up any problems, issues, any differences in the code, or, why not, if your VPN has suffered any malfunctions.
Fun fact – IPMagnet will also see what torrent client you’re using.
AirVPN is another great choice if you want to check your IP quickly and without problems. The procedure is identical to IPMagnet’s, so I’ll skip the explanations for this one.
After clicking on the download link though, you’ll get a notification about the port you’re using. Moreover, there is a lot of information about the exact details that other websites can dig up on you, from the basic IP to possible DNS leaks, and more.
However, the downside is that AirVPN is not open-source. Talking from experience, this is often the point where most people will frown upon. Admittedly, it would be a lot more comfortable to know what you’re dealing with from the very beginning, to be certain that there is no hidden agenda in the making behind the curtains.
But then again, there have been no complaints until now, so I think it’s safe to assume that it’s reliable and trustworthy.
The name speaks for itself.
This website will check for potential leaks when browsing. It’s also compatible with phones, and this is quite an advantage for a lot of people. Leaks are generally the traces you leave after visiting web pages, breadcrumbs that can be picked up by anyone with an internet connection and the sufficient know-how.
It performs constant check-ups and tests to notice if there are any leaks, and, if there are, it will cough up a few pieces of advice on how to deal with them. Really handy, right?
Hold on, it doesn’t stop there.
The report is made up of:
And there are various other details that will surely come in handy.
Out of all four websites I’ve told you about in the very beginning of this article, TorGuard has to be the “alternative” you come to when all else fails.
There’s no difference in how you check your IP, but, compared to the other three, TorGuard doesn’t give you any IP history to investigate, and there are no innovative functions or specific details.
Most importantly, it’s overflowing with advertisements that’ll give you a headache right away.
In the end, we’ve come to this – the most important step on your journey toward absolute online protection and digital security – hiding your IP.
Can you achieve this in a straightforward and safe manner?
Absolutely you can – with the help of a VPN.
Before we get to the advantages of using a VPN, let me reiterate that the safest and easiest way to check your IP and avoid any complications whatsoever is by using the aforementioned method.
Privacy and personal anonymity will always be essential, and those tools help achieve that.
Moving on, there are plenty of reasons why you should stop what you’re doing and sign a contract with a VPN.
The top ones out there, like NordVPN, ExpressVPN, CyberGhost, PrivateVPN all agree on some basic principles and guidelines. These are also the things you should be looking for in a trustworthy VPN:
It’s redundant to stress the importance and applicability of a VPN when torrenting and using the internet in general. It keeps your activities stored away, hidden from the public eye, and most importantly, it hides your IP.
Not even your ISP will be able to check up on you and see what you’ve been doing. Everything is kept at ground level for as long as you’re using the VPN. The no-logs policies that most respectable VPNs use are just one way of making sure that no one will ever access the user’s confidential data.
Many countries have strict copyright laws and torrenting these materials is forbidden. To make sure you’re in the safe zone, cut off all links to the outside world when browsing the internet with a VPN.
Like I said, if any two-digit IQ redneck can do it, it should be a walk in the park for you.