Does NordVPN Work With uTorrent?

Updated on: 4 February 2019
Updated on: 4 February 2019

Damn right it is. How could the most performant and efficient VPN on the market not work with uTorrent?

We might as well say that NordVPN is specially handcrafted and focused on giving you the best torrenting experience, with the best speeds, all under the cover of their high-security shields.

The Panama-based online security provider permits P2P activities on a large range of P2P servers. With locations in around 60 countries, you’ll find it very easy to spoof your location pretty much anywhere on the planet, even in the frozen icy wastes of the North Pole.

A large server database increases the chances of there being one close to you, and this, in turn, increases the download speed and overall performance when torrenting.

Moreover, NordVPN has a DNS leak protection and a kill-switch, both of them specially implemented to prevent any data leaks of any sorts. What this means is that you can download anything without fear of being caught red-handed.

However, for those of you who think the NSA is watching your every move, there’s the double-hop encryption feature, which can be combined with the obfuscated servers.

This year, they’ve added even more servers, devised some new security features, changed what was necessary, and added a new look to the client.

Let’s take a closer look and see why NordVPN is the absolute best when it comes to torrenting.

1. Safety and Privacy

The first thing that people look for in a VPN is its jurisdiction and location. This is a type of make-it-or-break-it factor that needs to be addressed.

Fortunately, NordVPN is based in Panama, a country which is entirely out of the Fourteen Eyes Alliance. It’s out of range of anything resembling user surveillance, and it doesn’t even know the concept of data retention laws.

They don’t have to keep any data nor work with any governmental agency. This helps them maintain a strict secure schedule around the user’s data.

The second most important factor that can take down a VPN is whether it keeps logs. A feature that’s that much more important when talking about a torrenting VPN. No one knows what you’re doing on the internet. Not even NordVPN itself. And this is how it should be.

Here’s what they’re saying next to this – “NordVPN never logs where you go on the internet. If anyone asks, the best we can do is shrug our shoulders. And we like it that way”.

With respect to the encryption, it varies depending on what protocol you’re using. With OpenVPN, you get to witness the digital phenomenon that is the AES-256-CBC, encrypted with a 2048-bit strength SSL key.

L2TP makes use of the AES-256bit encryption, and PPTP is run on the MPPE-128bit encryption.

Yet another incredibly assuring feature is represented by the shared IP addresses. All users use the same IPs. This means that one IP can’t be associated with one user at any given time.

In simpler terms, your torrenting activities will be free of any tracking, and you get to keep your anonymity.

2. Ease of use and client interface

Like I said in the beginning, NordVPN has been making changes to the client, and it can only get better. They’ve added a new option to “quick connect” to the most suited server that fits your needs.

The system takes your location and connection into account to take out the server that best suits your needs. And all you have to do is make a single click on one of the server options.

NordVPN Interface

In this image, you can see how choosing the P2P option will automatically connect you to the best server for torrenting. And all you did was click on an option.

While this makes everything simpler and faster, you can still do the things the old fashioned way. If you want to connect to a specific server, you can do so. Just press on the drop-down menu that appears when you hover over certain server options like P2P.

From there, you’ll have access to all the available options, and you can select any one of them.

The same goes for the countries as well. Clicking on one of them will automatically connect you to the best server in that location, while clicking on the drop-down menu will show you a complete list of all the servers available.

3. Features and settings

NordVPN prides itself on having the very best features an online security provider should have. A kill-switch is among the most important, and there’s a fully functional one in effect here.

This will automatically cut off your internet connection when the VPN stops working. It does this so your IP address doesn’t get leaked during that time.

But NordVPN doesn’t just have a kill-switch, it has two kill-switches:

  • An internet kill-switch that kills off the internet when the VPN isn’t working. This is the normal feature that most other quality VPNs have
  • An app kill-switch that can shut-down any application you want when the VPN stops working. You can add the program by clicking on the “Add more applications” option.

For example, you can set the client to automatically close off uTorrent when the VPN connection falters. That way, there won’t be any leaks, and your IP won’t be exposed.

Scroll down at the bottom and you’ll see the “Advanced Options” section. This will show you, well, the advanced options. Things like the protocols you can switch between, DNS Leak Protection, and so on.

The DNS Leak Protection, in particular, has been a joy to test out, seeing as there were no leaks whatsoever.

Some servers come with other, even nicer features:

  • Anti DDoS
  • Dedicated IP Addresses
  • Double VPN
  • Tor over VPN

4. Servers

With more than 5200 servers located in 62 countries, NordVPN is the single largest online security provider on the market. It’s as simple as that.

And most of these servers support P2P. And just to add a little more safety, they’ve restricted torrenting connections in countries known to monitor the user traffic.

But for the servers that support torrenting, they do so with speed, grace, and absolute efficiency. They can be said to be optimized for such tasks. This is one of the recent additions that NordVPN has come up with, enlarging their P2P-server database.

These are all the locations that support P2P torrenting:

  • Americas – the US, Brazil, Canada
  • Asia Pacific – Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore
  • Europe – UK, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Norway, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, Luxembourg, Austria, Finland, Ireland, Russia, Iceland, Romania, Latvia, Portugal, Slovakia, Croatia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Hungary
  • Africa, Middle East, India – South Africa, India, Turkey, Israel

Even though this should be common knowledge, I’ll say it nonetheless. You don’t have to actually reside in any of those countries to connect to any of those servers. If anything, it would be better to connect to a country different than yours.

This way, anyone who wants to track down your activities, they’ll have to go through two jurisdictions, and that’s something that the average hacker won’t be able to do.

5. Compatibility

The NordVPN client software is available on pretty much all platforms, from Windows and Mac OS, iOS, and Linux, to Android and some routers as well.

Also, all the applications and features that are present on the Windows will also make an appearance on the iOS and Android.

Moreover, NordVPN will give you 6 simultaneous connections to use as you see fit. This is a no other VPN in the industry has managed to replicate.

6. Speed tests

This section is one of the most important things they’ve been working on this year. Until now, NordVPN has had quite a few problems with speed, but that’s now a thing of the past.

These results are exemplary, I think, to paint a portrait of NordVPN that we’ve wanted to see for so long.

7. Pricing

Like with other VPN providers, the longer the subscription, the lesser you pay.

The 1-year plan comes with a discount of 41%, leading up to a fairly low price from its original price. And this isn’t that often seen on the market. Looking at all the security features and overall performance, I’d say that $6.99 is more than worth it.

They also provide you with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you have enough time to test things out. You don’t have to hurry in judging that NordVPN is a god-sent. You have 30 days for that.

You can pay with all major credit and debit cards, PayPal, and even Bitcoin.

8. NordVPN – the way torrenting is mean to be done

I’ve summed up all the main points that will directly impact your torrenting experience in the best way possible:

  • No logs kept
  • Located in Panama, hence no data retention laws in effect
  • Impregnable AES-256-CBC encryption
  • DNS Leak Protection
  • Two types of kill-switches
  • Shared IP Addresses
  • Plenty of P2P-optimized servers
  • Automatic or manual server selection
  • 6 simultaneous connections
  • 30-days money-back guarantee, which you won’t need anyway. But it’s there, just in case
  • Regular software updates

In the end, there’s nothing else to be said that I haven’t already emphasized – Torrenting can be done one way and one way only – with NordVPN. Once you go NordVPN, you won’t go back to anything less.

Written by: Bogdan Patru

Author, creative writer, and tech-geek. Bogdan has followed his passion for the digital world ever since he got his hands of his first pc. After years of accumulating knowledge and experience, the good Samaritan in him whispered him one day about the virtue of sharing that knowledge with those who needed it. It was 2014 when that idea would grow into a life-defining passion. One that keeps driving him to this day.

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