Setting up a VPN in 4 steps

You want to download torrents but you’re worried about getting tracked? What you want is a VPN (Virtual Private Network). A VPN anonymises your computer’s address (or IP) by encrypting and rerouting your data through a network. Sounds hard? It isn’t. Here are the 4 steps to get one running.

1 – Get Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access(PIA) are a VPN service provider. These guys are solid and I’ve used them for quite some time. It’s $40 a year and they are top rated for both service and protecting user data.

Get it here

2 – Download and install the PIA client

This is the program that PIA provide that lets you log in to your PIA account and connects your computer to the VPN. They have Mac, PC and mobile phone clients, which means you can install, login and run the VPN on multiple devices with very little set up.

Download the client

3 – Get your login details from your email

They will send you a link to your email which will contain your username (which will be different from your email address) and your password. If you do get stuck they’ve got great support.

Get help

4 – Open the PIA client and log in

Simply open the PIA client you downloaded and input your username and password. When you see the little black robot in your task bar you’ll know your IP is obscured and you can download all the torrents you want. Now I’m gonna go watch Game of Thrones.

Click here for more in depth tips on how to avoid meta data tracking and some analysis of the tensions around the issue.