While a VPN is a secured connection, a proxy is not. There are ways for a website to still see your location using a proxy. Worse a Proxy leaves you open to all types of security issues and prying eyes. A VPN on the other hand will maintain your privacy and offer some security as well.
Using A VPN to Unblock 1337x
We recommend using a VPN to unblcok a torrent site and because we’re fans of playing it safe a VPN offers some protection from others seeing what your downloading. Three services we recommend are ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and IPVanish. Each is a good for torrenting. ExpressVPN has a good reputation for speed but keeps some connection logs, which privacy fanatics might not like. NordVPN might not be as fast as ExpressVPN, but keeps no logs, has a kill switch for OS X and Windows clients, and is cheaper than the other two services. IPVanish has a kill switch on the same clients as NordVPN, but is more expensive and also has reported speed issues. The best choice for you depends on what you are willing to sacrifice.
Once you choose a service and are logged in to a P2P-capable server (the way to discover these also varies by service), download Torrent software, and then log on to 1337x and search for your desired torrent. You then download the file and open it in the Torrent client to start downloading the content. The speed of the download varies based on how many people are sharing the content and type of content. Keep your VPN on at least until the content is downloaded and enable the kill-switch if it’s available. This will ensure the most protection when downloading.
Secure Access to 1337x: Is A Proxy Safe?
The short answer to the question in this subheading is “no.” While a proxy may successfully get 1337x unblocked, it can potentially expose the visitor in the process. While a proxy does hide your IP address and re-route your traffic through an isolated server in the country of your choice, it does not encrypt your data to hide it from third-party “eyes” in the process. This means it is possible that your internet service provider may be able to see what you are up to.
So what if they can see the activity, they won’t know where it’s coming from, right? Wrong. Since proxies don’t encrypt data, there is a strong possibility that your location will leak. If you decide to use a proxy, whether free or paid, check a site like whatismyipaddress.com or ipleak.net before visiting 1337x to ensure your IP address is truly masked.
If you’re scared to use a proxy now, you should be. But don’t worry, we have a solution. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) will give you peace of mind. Much like proxies, VPNs also hide your location by accessing a remote server, but it also encrypts your data along the way. Your ISP will have no idea what you are doing. Encryption scrambles your traffic beyond recognition, they won’t be able to decipher it. High encryption strength (256-bit) and more secure protocols than proxies (which use HTTP) mean that any leaks, including ones that expose your location, are rare while using a VPN.
The risks of torrenting are real, especially for frequent flyers. ISPs will not only send warnings, they will eventually slow down your internet, fine you, or worst case, throw you in jail. We think the price of a VPN is worth it to reduce all of those risks.
When KickAssTorrents went offline in July 2016, other torrent sites stepped in to fill our file sharing needs. As of April 5, 2016 1337x is one of the top torrenting websites (ranked according to Alexa traffic).