My OS and apps are on a SSD, data files are on HDD.

Does it make sense to set up up a torrent client in a vm, and configure it to always run via a vpn: the intention is to be able to run torrents encrypted for privacy, and the other software in the clear.

Should I install the VM on the SSD, and would this generate excessive disk writes? Any suggestions?

  • Why would you need to "run torrents encrypted"?
    – user201262
    Sep 11 '13 at 13:26
  • for privacy. However running all soft through vpn creates issues, such as: outgoing STMP email does not work + my clear" logins are logged from the VPN server, which I want to avoid
    – user253227
    Sep 11 '13 at 13:30
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    torrents and privacy is nearly an oxymoron. I do hope you don't plan to download data you don't have the rights to.
    – Ramhound
    Sep 11 '13 at 13:30
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    I think we can assume what the answer is. So why bother asking. I would just "assume" it is for something legitimate and answer.
    – Keltari
    Sep 11 '13 at 13:31

Yes, this is a sensible approach if you want to ensure that your torrent traffic is all routed via a VPN while allowing the rest of your internet traffic to go directly.

Unfortunately there don't seem to be torrent clients that have inbuilt VPN support. You might want to check out tribler as it does this, although I can't say how reliable or secure the VPN part is.


I dont think thats necessary. Many of the major torrent applications have encryption built in, such as uTorrent and Transmission. You can even require encryption in their settings. Setting up a VM and a VPN is extra overhead that is not necessary.

  • inasfar as I understand it from security forums, the torrent client encryption you mention (which I use) is not sufficient for teal privacy
    – user253227
    Sep 11 '13 at 16:07
  • Encryption does not stop your IP being visible to the other peers on the swarm. This is really bad advice.
    – chmac
    Mar 14 '19 at 17:20
  • @chmac Your comment has nothing to do with the question being asked or the answer that was given.
    – Keltari
    Mar 14 '19 at 21:32
  • @Keltari Sorry, I was reading between the lines that the question asks how to hide their IP from the torrent swarm, and that the use of the word encryption was slightly misleading. The suggestion to use a VPN inside the virtual machine leads me to believe that the intent is to hide the IP address. Encryption in the torrent client will not achieve this.
    – chmac
    Mar 16 '19 at 9:39

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