Protect Your Privacy

VPN stands for a Virtual Private Network. It is a way to secure (encrypt) communication between two or more devices in order to protect it from snooping, censorship or other unwanted interference. VPNs can also serve as a proxy masking user’s IP address providing anonymity and letting the user surf the web and download without fear of being watched.




Do I need a VPN to download with FrostWire?

Using a VPN to download with FrostWire is not required, but very, very strongly recommended in order to:

  • Ensure your privacy and anonymity to prevent any outside party from monitoring what you download
  • Prevent ISPs (Internet Service Providers) from throttling or blocking connection to the BitTorrent network
  • Bypass content filters and firewalls
  • Unblock YouTube content not otherwise available in your country

Using a VPN service whenever connected to the internet also will:

  • Encrypt your data so you don’t have to worry about your passwords or other sensitive information being intercepted (especially important when connected to a public Wi-fi network)
  • Make it harder for third parties to track your online activities and prevent them from charging you different prices and displaying intrusive advertising based on your IP address’ browsing history
  • Allow you to select entry servers in different countries to tailor web content to a location of your choosing

Convinced? We’ve done some testing, shopping around and here three providers we can recommend:


PIA ExpressVPN NordVPN
Pricing Options $6.95 monthly
$39.95 yearly ($3.33/month)
$69.95 for 2 years ($2.91/month)
$12.95 monthly
$59.95 1/2 year ($9.99/month)
$99.95 yearly ($8.32/month)
$11.95 monthly
$69 yearly ($5.75/month)
$79 for 2 years ($3.29/month)
Guarantee 7 days money back 30 days money back 30 days money back
# of devices Up to 5 Up to 3 Up to 6
# of servers 3,059 Servers in 28 Countries 1,500 Servers in 94 countries 3,300 servers 60 countries
Support Options Knowledge Base
Email
Knowledge Base
Email
Chat
Knowledge Base
Email
Chat
Jurisdiction USA
No activity logs. No connection logs
British Virgin Islands: No data retention laws.
No activity logs. No connection logs
Panama: No data retention laws.
No activity logs. No connection logs
Comments More complex interface
Best for advanced users
Easy user interface
Best for US users
3 Months Free!
Pleasant and easy interface
Kill switch
Best for European Users


All VPNs we recommend:

  • Have apps for multiple operating systems, including Android
  • Work well with FrostWire VPN drop protection feature
  • Provide full encryption
  • Do not log activity
  • Are BitTorrent friendly
  • Have no bandwidth or download speed limits
  • Accept multiple payment options and money back guarantees
  • Allow you to cancel any time

Here are some other ones we’ve tested and were happy with:

What happens if I download or browse the web without a VPN service:

  • The websites you visit can uniquely identify you by your IP address and location information
  • Your ISP, the government and other third parties can monitor what websites and services you're using and what files you download
  • Hackers and other malicious parties can intercept your data (passwords) and hack into your accounts (especially important if you bank online or use cryptocurrencies)

In general:

  • Stay away from free VPN options - they don’t provide you with nearly as good of a reliability and privacy the proper services do
  • Don’t trust sites that rank VPNs - most of them are set up to collect affiliate commissions and will feature best paying provider as ‘The Best’
  • Don’t be afraid to test several providers and ask for money back at the end of your period
  • Test multiple servers to find the once that work best for you
  • Contact their tech support with issues or optimization questions

Disclosure: Whenever you purchase a subscription from any of the services we recommend for FrostWire, we earn a small commission, which helps us keep FrostWire free for all users.