5 Ways To Bypass Torrent Connection Blocking
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There’s a worldwide war against torrents right now. Content-makers and copyright holders are trying their best to shut down access to torrent hosting websites. Some ISPs (Internet Service Providers) are under pressure to block all torrenting activity. But there are still some ways you can bypass these torrent blocking efforts.

In a world where you don’t need to be a pirate any more 4 Reasons You Don't Need to Be a Pirate Anymore 4 Reasons You Don't Need to Be a Pirate Anymore While some people are always going to pirate, for most, there is now less reason than ever to do so. Read More , blocking the illegal download of copyrighted works should no doubt be stopped. But blocking the act of torrenting, which can also have legitimate purposes, isn’t the right way to go about it.

That hasn’t stopped some over-zealous authorities from issuing blanket bans. But the situation is like the Hydra, where cutting off one head only results in two more appearing in its place. So, here’s how you can bypass all those torrent connection blocking initiatives.

MakeUseOf does not condone using torrents to illegally obtain content. Using the following sites for illegal purposes is done entirely at your own risk. MakeUseOf takes no responsibility for any legal problems you encounter.

A Simple Hack: Start on a Different Connection

The first workaround for blocked torrent connections is a simple hack. You’ll find yourself saying, “Why didn’t I think of this first?”

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A lot of ISPs and network firewalls (like those at offices or universities) apply only basic blocks. This basic block is restricting the first point of connection to a site or torrent. So, to bypass it start your torrent on a different connection, like by tethering to your phone’s internet data Tethering: How To Use Mobile Internet On Your PC Tethering: How To Use Mobile Internet On Your PC Want to share your phone's data connection with your computer? Here's exactly how to do it, how fast you can expect it to be, and how it will affect your battery life. Read More . Once the torrent starts downloading, switch back to the “blocked” Wi-Fi and it will continue downloading.

This method doesn’t work if the firewall is a little more advanced, but you’ll be surprised how often that’s not the case. Try it out, you might have the easiest workaround with this hack.

Change the DNS Server to Unblock Websites

Often, the only block that your ISP implements is at the DNS level. The DNS, or Domain Name System, translates IP address numbers into website names. By default, you are using the DNS server controlled by your ISP. If you switch that to a public DNS, you will solve your problem.

The most popular free public DNS servers are:

  • Google DNS: 8.8.8.8 | 8.8.4.4
  • OpenDNS: 208.67.222.222 | 208.67.220.220
  • Comodo DNS: 8.26.56.26 | 8.20.247.20

You can change your DNS server in network settings 4 Reasons Why Using Third-Party DNS Servers Is More Secure 4 Reasons Why Using Third-Party DNS Servers Is More Secure Why is changing your DNS a good idea? What security benefits does it bring? Can it really make your online activities more secure? Read More , and you’ll soon be able to access all those blocked websites.

  • On Windows: Go to Network Device and right-click > Click Properties > IPv4 Properties, and then change the DNS servers and click OK.
  • On macOS: Go to System Preferences > Network > Advanced > DNS, and add the new DNS servers, and click OK.
  • On Linux: Click the Network applet > Edit Connections > Edit > IPv4 Settings > Automatic (DHCP) addresses only > DNS Servers, and add each new address separated by a comma.

Use a Free VPN to Unblock Websites

If you aren’t comfortable messing around with network settings, an alternative method to unblock websites is to use a VPN. A VPN, or virtual private network, masks your IP address’ origin. Basically, you are shown as accessing the internet from a different country, where that site isn’t blocked. And so you can see it.

For this, you can use a few reliable free VPN services 7 Completely Free VPN Services to Protect Your Privacy 7 Completely Free VPN Services to Protect Your Privacy If you're looking for a free VPN, the choices are currently limited, with many services switching to a paid model. These free virtual private networks can be used to avoid region blocking and more. Read More , but they limit the monthly data download. Remember, we are only using this VPN to access blocked sites and download torrent files or magnet links. You shouldn’t actually download the whole torrent over such free VPNs.

I would recommend using Windscribe or Hide.me, both of which get the job done. Hide.me is the more secure of the two, since the company does not store any logs of what its users access, and is transparent about data-sharing requests from companies. And there’s also the Opera browser and its built-in free VPN.

Use a Premium VPN to Download Torrents

Unblocking a website is the easy part. But some ISPs or institutional firewalls are more devious in their blocks. Your torrents simply won’t start on such networks. That’s when you need to bring out the big guns and use a paid VPN service.

Paid VPNs have fewer restrictions 4 Reasons a Paid VPN Is Better Than Free Ones 4 Reasons a Paid VPN Is Better Than Free Ones I used to be big fan of free VPNs. Why pay when free alternatives exist, right? But it turns out they're selling you short. So here's why paid VPNs always beat free VPNs. Read More and will usually encrypt your data too. They also don’t log your activity on the network. Set it up on your computer or on your router, and you can access and download torrents easily.

As usual, we recommend ExpressVPN, a tried-and-tested service that serves all your torrenting needs. But there are plenty of other great VPN services The Best VPN Services The Best VPN Services We've compiled a list of what we consider to be the best Virtual Private Network (VPN) service providers, grouped by premium, free, and torrent-friendly. Read More too.

Use ZbigZ or a Premium Seedbox

Seedboxes are the new big thing in the world of torrents. A Seedbox is a virtual server that lets you upload and download torrents. You can then download or upload torrents to your seedbox from your computer. Think of it as Dropbox for torrents.

Why are seedboxes popular? Seedboxes transfer data to your computer using the same method that any website transfers data to your computer. This means a network administrator cannot block a seedbox, since that would mean blocking all web access.

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Seedboxes are usually paid, but there is one popular free app called ZbigZ. The free account has some restrictions, like a 150 KBps download limit, 1GB maximum file size, two files in storage at any time, and a seven-day expiry.

Go to: ZbigZ

Paid seedboxes do away with most of these limitations, or give different limits based on your plan. The easiest torrent-oriented seedboxes are Bitport, Seedr, and Filestream. If you’re comfortable setting up your own virtual private server or VPS What Is A Virtual Server, And What Can You Do With One? What Is A Virtual Server, And What Can You Do With One? Virtual machines and virtual servers — what are they and how do they differ? Read More , Online.net and Kimsufi are the recommended options.

Use Port 80 (But It’s Slow)

Unfortunately, some ISPs block ports and port-forwarding What Is Port Forwarding & How Can It Help Me? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is Port Forwarding & How Can It Help Me? [MakeUseOf Explains] Do you cry a little inside when someone tells you there’s a port forwarding problem and that’s why your shiny new app won’t work? Your Xbox won’t let you play games, your torrent downloads refuse... Read More used by common torrent applications. If you don’t want to pay for a seedbox, you can use the same idea for free.

Port 80 is the default port for all HTTP data transfer, so it’s never blocked by network admins. All you need to do is set up your torrent application to use port 80 only.

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Go to the application’s network preferences, and uncheck “Random Ports” first. Then set Port 80 as the port, and test to make sure it works. Finally, uncheck the boxes for UPnP and NAT-PMP, and you’re good to go.

Be warned, this will slow down torrent speeds drastically. It’s the slowest of all the options here, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers.

Do You Use Torrents Legally or For Piracy?

The six strikes anti-piracy initiative is dead The Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Initiative Is Dead The Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Initiative Is Dead The Copyright Alert System, better known as the "six strikes and you're out" program, is dead. The Center for Copyright Information killed it while maintaining it was a success. Read More , but that doesn’t mean piracy has won. It’s still illegal, and we don’t condone it. And torrenting has always gone hand-in-hand with piracy, so we are curious about your thoughts on the subject.

Do you use torrents to illegally pirate content, or do you use it for legitimate purposes?

Originally written by Jeffry Thurana on February 13, 2009

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  1. Meeps
    August 24, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Tons of solution none which need you to fork over money.

    1. Tor for finding onion sites for torrents.

    2. Firefox with a free vpn + torrent tornado plugin.

    3. CyberGhost VPN service, preferably the paid version.

    4. Tribler, just make sure to disable disk sharing.

    5. Android ;-)

    6. Open VPN + a free service.

    7. Ethersoft, just be weary of installation and setup and choice of servers.

    8. All the above in a VM!

  2. Shawn
    July 13, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I'm sorry, this sounds like an ad for express vpn.

  3. Wedgr
    January 7, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Linksnappy.Com, but it is not free.

    25gb storage. Download 10 torrents at the same time.

    Downloading the finished torrents from the site is slow though.

  4. Joss
    November 28, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Thanks, good to know!

  5. Joss
    November 28, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Thanks! I was about to try that one!

  6. Basith Paykat
    August 25, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    hello there , Nice article .
    i am in a totally different situation now.
    i can't torrent with my normal IP , so i used Softether to change the VPN and the problem gone. but ive got only few data left and by using this VPN method, data consumes much faster and am getting only half of the download traffic.
    ( if my pc gets 200 kb/s , softether uses 100 kb/s and torrent uses 100 kb/s )

    why can't i download with my normal IP ? , why do i need to change to different IP in other country ?
    is it because my service provider blocking me ? if so
    is there any work around for not loosing too much data with the VPN method

  7. Naman
    June 13, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I made a video demonstrating how to run torrents anonymously . It will work even if torrents are banned by your ISP.
    Please note that it only supports HTTP trackers so none of your UDP trackers would work. What it does is basically route all your torrent traffic through the TOR network (which is so secure that even the NSA hasn’t been able to crack it. )
    Have a look (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6L3gXPFQkI) .

  8. Anonymous
    July 27, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Hey guys, if you have problem with Chrome block or some other block screen try site filespook dot com and you will be able to download w/o issues and everywhere

    • Anonymous
      August 25, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks Jay your your idea worked icredibly thanks

  9. Govind
    February 25, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I think the best one right now is filestream.me. Though it gives you only 1GB per torrent(still its enough) ,it downloads super-fast and has no blocking or throttling.

    P.S Sorry for my English.