Are Torrents Legal and Safe?

The legality of torrenting excessively complicated. Peer-to-peer services aren’t illegal on their own. This means that sharing files on the internet with other users theoretically is legal.

However, it gets complicated once copyrighted material is involved. Therefore, if sharing such files is illegal, both the provider of the services and the users can get fined or even be sentenced to jail. The legality of torrenting varies and changes in countries across the globe.

At the time of writing, according to

  • downloading copyrighted content for personal use is permitted in Spain, Poland, and Switzerland;
  • overlooked in Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, the Netherlands, Denmark, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Greece, Iran, India, Philippines, Egypt;
  • Fined in Finland, Germany, France, Great Britain;
  • torrenting sites are shut down in the USA, Latvia, Portugal, Italy, Russia, China, Australia, and South Africa.

Hence, if you’re a German and decided to download a movie, you’ll probably be asked to pay a fine. There are cases when users received bills as big as € 5 000. If you’re an Australian, you’ll probably won’t access any P2P site at all as it’ll be blocked (or if it’s available today, it may not be so tomorrow).

However, we advise you to stay out of trouble and opt for legal streaming services.

How Can a VPN Benefit Torrenting

Our product is designed to allow users to access any content they want. Our apps are P2P-friendly – if you decided to download or share anything,

With Surfshark you can access any website:

  • ThePirateBay
  • 1337X
  • TorrentDownloads
  • LimeTorrents
  • & many more

Or app:

  • µTorrent
  • BitTorrent
  • qBittorrent
  • Vuze
  • Deluge
  • & many more

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A VPN, or a Virtual Private Network, like Surfshark, encrypts all traffic – thus, your data is secured. Neither your ISP nor any third-party snoopers can see what you’re up to while surfing the net. Usually, people get VPNs to access desired websites, or just stay private when downloading or seeding torrents.

Usually, the ISP can see that someone is using a VPN, but can’t look at the contents, because they’re encrypted. Surfshark’s servers are obfuscated by default, this means, that traffic is “camouflaged” to not look like VPN traffic. It stops your ISP from knowing you’re decided to protect your privacy by using a VPN.

On top of that, Surfshark’s Kill Switch will disable the internet connection if your VPN connection drops. Surfshark is also compatible with all P2P clients.

On top of that, torrenting sites can be full of malicious files that can infect your device with, for instance, malware. So be cautious when clicking on links and downloading files. Surfshark protects from malware in websites, but caution still is prudent. Our feature CleanWeb(™) protects from phishing, malware and blocks ads.

How to Access Torrents Privately and Securely in 3 Steps

  1. Get Surfshark VPN

Simply Sign up for just $1.99/mo. Download & install our app on any platform (Windows, iOS, Android, macOS, Linux manual configuration (app coming soon), on as many devices as you wish. Plus, free 7-day trials for iOS and Android apps, and a 30-day money-back guarantee for every user.

  1. Connect to a preferred location

Select a location from our servers list. Our whole product is P2P-friendly. This means you can select ANY location and access any website you want.

  1. Enjoy unlimited P2P

Our servers are fast and modern protocols don’t slow down your internet speed. We don’t limit bandwidth.

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