This blog will explore PIA’s torrenting potential and its security levels for torrenting. So, if P2P sharing is something you use on a daily basis, stick around and discover whether PIA offers what you’re looking for.
P2P File Sharing
In order to use your VPN for torrenting, you have to make sure it allows P2P traffic in the first place. If it doesn’t, you won’t be able to use BitTorrent-based apps, which renders all uTorrents and other clients rather useless.
Luckily for us, PIA does allow P2P, so we can continue with our security exploration. Note that PIA insists that all downloads follow the letter of the law, but we couldn’t find any mechanisms that would indicate if somebody’s doing something illegal.
PIA offers a very strong encryption package. It supports PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, and OpenVPN. As always, we recommend going with OpenVPN, as it is by far the best option.
PIA uses AES-256 cipher, which is an industry standard used by the military. SHA-256 is used for authentication, alongside RSA-4096 handshake. Arguably, the handshake option could even be weaker than this and still provide perfect online security.
This VPN also comes with a kill switch feature, meaning your Internet connection will be “killed” the moment your VPN is disabled for whatever reason.
PIA is based in the US, specifically in Indiana, which makes it subject to its state laws. This is far from ideal, considering potential warrants and gag orders, not to mention that CIA and NSA are located in the US. Furthermore, the US is a member of the Five Eyes surveillance treaty.
The company does, however, mitigate these concerns by keeping no relevant user logs. So, even if PIA was served a warrant, it wouldn’t have any damaging data to hand over.