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How to make torrents more secure.


To make things easier in Windows you can rename the TAP interface.

  1. Open Control panel
  2. Click on View network status and tasks
  3. Click on change adapter settings
  4. Right-click on the adapter that contains "TAP-Windows Adapter V9" and select rename and enter Mullvad.
  5. Click on Tools
  6. Click on Options
  7. Click on Advanced
  8. Change Network Interface to Mullvad
  9. Click on OK and restart qbittorrent.


Qbittorrent (Linux / MacOs / Windows )

  1. Click on Tools
  2. Click on Options
  3. Click on BitTorrent
  4. Enable (Check) Enable anonymous mode
  5. Disable (Uncheck) Enable DHT
  6. Disable (Uncheck) Enable PeX
  7. Disable (Uncheck) Enable Local peer discovery
  8. Click on Connection
  9. For Enabled Protocol : Use the drop-down menu and select TCP
  10. Find Proxy Server and change the type to SOCKS5
  11. Change the Host: to
  12. Change the port: to 1080
  13. Enable (check) Use proxy for peer connections
  14. Enable(check) Disable connections not supported by proxies
  15. Disable (Uncheck) Use PNP / NAT - PMP



Q. Why don't you have instructions for other bittorrent clients like µTorrent, Vuze or bitcomet  ?
A. They are not open source, are adware, bundle junkware, or they just don't have as good privacy settings as qBittorrent.

Q. When I have enabled the SOCKS5 proxy it shows the torrent as offline.
A. Keep in mind that SOCKS5 protocol does not support port forwarding, thus if you use trackerless torrents, you might need to have DHT enabled. Or you might have to disable the use of the the SOCKS5 proxy.