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5 ways to bypass torrent connection blocking

Right now there is a worldwide war on torrents. Content developers and copyright owners try to block access to torrent hosting websites. Some ISPs (Internet Service Providers) are under pressure to block all torrenting activities.

In a world where you no longer have to be a pirate, illegal downloading of copyrighted works should be blocked. However, blocking torrenting, which can also have legitimate purposes, is not the way to go. This will allow you to bypass any torrent connection blocking initiative.

Note: MakeUseOf does not condone the illegal use of torrents. Use of the following websites for illegal purposes is entirely at your own risk. We are not responsible for any legal problems.

One simple hack: start another connection

The first workaround for blocked torrent connections is a simple hack. You will say to yourself, "Why didn't I think of this first?"

Many ISPs and network firewalls (like those in offices or universities) only use basic blocks. This basic block constrains the first connection point to a site or torrent. To work around this, start your torrent for a different connection, e.g. B. by connecting to the Internet data of your phone computer? Here's exactly how to do it, how fast to assume, and how it will affect your battery life. Continue reading . After the torrent is downloaded, switch back to the “congested” Wi-Fi and it will continue downloading.

This method will not work if the firewall is a little more advanced. However, you will be surprised how often this is not the case. Give it a try, maybe this hack is the easiest workaround for you.

1. Change the DNS server to "Unblock Websites"

Often times, the only block your ISP implements is at the DNS level. The DNS (Domain Name System) translates IP address numbers into website names. By default, you use the DNS server controlled by your ISP. Switching this to a public DNS will solve your problem.

The most popular free public DNS servers are:

  • Google DNS: |
  • OpenDNS: |
  • Comodo DNS: |

You can change your DNS server in the network settings and access all of these blocked websites soon.

  • 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 settings > network > Extended > DNSand add the new DNS servers and click OK.
  • On Linux: Press the Network applet > Edit connections > To edit > IPv4 settings > Automatic (DHCP) addresses only > DNS server, and add each new address separated by a comma.

2. Use a free VPN to unblock websites

If you don't want to mess with network settings, you can unblock websites by using a VPN. A VPN or virtual private network masks the origin of your IP address. Basically it shows that you are accessing the internet from another country where this site is not blocked. And this is how you can see it.

To do this, you can use some reliable free VPN services. 7 Completely Free VPN Services To Protect Your Privacy 7 Completely Free VPN Services To Protect Your Privacy Is It Possible To Find A Reliable Free VPN That Will Protect Your Privacy? Check out these free VPN services. Read More There are a few other unlimited free VPNs The Best Unlimited Free VPN Services (and Their Hidden Costs) The Best Unlimited Free VPN Services (and Their Hidden Costs) Are you looking for an unlimited free VPN? Here are your desktop and mobile options, as well as their hidden costs. Read More Remember, we only use this VPN to access blocked websites and download torrent files or magnet links. You shouldn't actually be downloading the entire torrent through such free VPNs.

I would recommend using ProtonVPN because the company doesn't keep logs of what its users access and is transparent about what data is asking of companies.

3. Use a premium VPN to download torrents

Unblocking a website is the easy part. However, some ISPs or institutional firewalls are more rogue in their blocks. Your torrents just won't start on such networks. Then you need to bring out the big guns and use a paid VPN service for torrenting.

Paid VPNs are less restricted and usually encrypt your data as well. They also do not log your activities on the network. Set it up on your computer or router and you will be able to access and download torrents with ease.

We recommend ExpressVPN and CyberGhost, both proven services that are great for torrenting. Use this link to get three months free when you sign up for ExpressVPN for a year.

4. Use ZbigZ or a premium seedbox

Seed boxes are the new big thing in the torrenting world. A seedbox is a virtual server that you can use to upload and download torrents. You can then download or upload torrents from your computer to your seedbox. Think of it as a dropbox for torrenting.

Why are seed boxes so popular? Seedboxes transfer data to your computer in the same way that any website transfers data to your computer. This means that a network administrator cannot block a seedbox as it would block all web access.

Seedboxes are usually paid for, but there is a popular free app called ZbigZ. There are some restrictions on the free account, such as: For example, a download limit of 150 KBps, a maximum file size of 1 GB, two files in memory at any one time, and an expiration of seven days.

Paid seed containers remove most of these restrictions or provide different limits depending on the plan. The simplest torrent-oriented seed boxes are RapidSeedbox and Seedbox.io. If you are familiar with setting up your own virtual private server, or VPS, what is a virtual server and what can you do with a server? What is a virtual server and what can you do with a server? Virtual machines and virtual servers - what are they and how do they differ? Read More

5. Use port 80 (but it's slow)

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Port 80 is the standard port for all HTTP data transmission. Therefore, it is never blocked by network administrators. All you need to do is set up your torrent application to only use port 80.

Go to the application's network settings and uncheck the “Random Ports” box first. Then set port 80 as the port and test if it works. Finally, uncheck the boxes for UPnP and NAT-PMP. Now you're ready to go.

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

Your choice of torrent client is important

Torrents get a bad rap for being closely linked to piracy. However, there are several legal uses of BitTorrent, from downloading ISOs of new operating systems to major video game updates.

But even if you are using torrents legally, you still need a good customer. And no, that doesn't mean uTorrent. In fact, uTorrent has had a wide variety of issues over the past few years, including security vulnerabilities, bloatware, and advertisements. Instead, choose one of these best torrent clients to replace uTorrent. The best torrent clients to replace uTorrent. The best torrent clients to replace uTorrent. Are you still using uTorrent? It's time to switch to a cleaner, more trustworthy BitTorrent client. Here are the best uTorrent alternatives for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Continue reading .

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