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PSA for big file sharers and movie downloaders: These are the best VPNs for torrenting

Leah Stodart
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File sharing has come a long way since Napster — but users of torrenting sites may still have security and privacy fears.

This is where VPNs — which encrypt data leaving your computer and make it impossible for others to see what you’re downloading — come in handy. To the uninitiated, these virtual private networks assign a virtual IP address to obscure your real location from others, which is important when sharing snippets of files with other users of a torrenting client, especially if what you’re sharing is copyrighted material. (This is of course illegal and we do not condone it!)

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BEST GENERAL VPN FOR SECURITY

NordVPN

With security features and options that aren't available from most VPNs, as well as unlimited bandwidth and universal unblocking, NordVPN is the security-focused user's choice.

  • Price (3-year): $2.99/month
  • Price (2-year): $3.99/month
  • Price (1-year): $6.99/month
  • Price (Monthly) : $11.95
  • Netflix?: Yes
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BEST VALUE FOR THE MONEY

PIA

PIA is a great monthly value for users who don't mind a USA-based VPN.

  • Price (Monthly) : $6.95/month
  • Price (2 years) : $2.91/month
  • Netflix?: Some users say no
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BEST FOR A SIMPLE, ONE-TIER OFFERING

IPVanish

If you don't need a VPN for Netflix or TOR, IPVanish offers lots of good features.

  • Price (monthly): $10.00/month
  • Price (1 year): $6.49/month
  • Netflix?: No
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BEST FOR LOADS OF FEATURES

PureVPN

PureVPN has been around a while and has tons of features, and might be the best choice for the average user who isn't planning to do anything illegal.

  • Price (monthly) : $11.95/month
  • Price (3 years): $1.92/month
  • Netflix? : Yes
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BEST FOR NEWBIES

CyberGhost

CyberGhost is a great pick if you need someone to walk you through the basics.

  • Price (monthly): $12.99/month
  • Price (3 years): $2.50/month
  • Netflix?: Yes
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BEST ALL-AROUND PICK

ExpressVPN

Offers fast download speeds, great security, has great global reach, and is easy to use for beginners.

  • Price (monthly): $12.95
  • Price (12 months): $8.32/month
  • Netflix?: Yes