How to Completely Anonymize Your BitTorrent Traffic with BTGuard

How to Set Up BTGuard

BTGuard has a one-click install process, but we’re going to show you how to do it the manual way, since it works in any BitTorrent client that supports SOCKS5 Proxy—not just the ones supported by BTGuard’s installer. It’ll also give you a better sense of what exactly BTGuard does, so if you run into problems, you’ll have a better idea of how to fix it.

Step One: Sign Up for BTGuard

First, sign up for an account over at BTGuard.com. It’ll just take a minute, and then you can get to configuring your client. Their BitTorrent proxy service costs $6.95 a month, but you can get discounts by buying multiple months at a time (up to a year’s service for $59.95). Once you’re done, you should receive an email telling you that BTGuard is ready to go.

Step Two: Configure Your Client

Next, open up your torrent client of choice and find the proxy settings within its preferences. In uTorrent, for example, this is under Preferences > Connection. Your client may have them in a different place (Google around to find out where), but no matter your client, your settings should look like this:

  • Proxy Type: Socks v5
  • Proxy Host: proxy.btguard.com
  • Proxy Port: 1025
  • Username: Your BTGuard username
  • Password: Your BTGuard password

Step Four (Optional): Enable Encryption

If you want extra security (or if you’re trying to protect your connection from being throttled), you’ll also want to encrypt all that traffic. Many clients have this feature built-in. In uTorrent, for example, just head to Preferences > BitTorrent and look for the “Protocol Encryption” section. Change your outgoing connection to Forced encryption, and uncheck the “Allow incoming legacy connections” box. From there, you should be good—your ISP shouldn’t throttle your connection after this is enabled.

If your client doesn’t support encryption, or you want a more powerful encryption behind your torrenting, BTGuard offers an encryption service as well. Just head to their Encryption page, download the software, and install it to C:\BTGUARD (this is very important; don’t change the installation directory). Then, start the BTGuard Encryption program (accessible from the Start menu), and open up your BitTorrent client. Change your proxy server from proxy.btguard.com to 127.0.0.1, restart your client, and you’re golden. Again, this isn’t necessary if your client already supports encryption, but it is an extra layer of protection if you really want to keep everything private.

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