Most likely both from what I can see. Anonymous VPN service will anonymizes your IP address. I'm more than certain TPB's VPN will also anonymize your entire traffic.
Previously you could do both of the above with add-ons to your torrent client like BTGuard or TorrentPrivacy, but it's just nice that the tracker is providing this to lay-users.
Try using a private torrent service that creates SSL encryption tunnels, such as TorrentPrivacy.
Disclaimer: I am in no way supporting piracy, merely supporting bypassing ISP-based censorship where a person has been imprisoned (data-wise) without a trial or a court.
It's a proxy service which means that your ddownloads go through their service. In other words, the public wont see your home IP-address but that of TorrentPrivacy.
It works as advertised, but depending on your connection speed you may get a slight slowdown in download speeds (<10%). If your ISP throttles your connection, it will on the other hand increase download speeds.
More anonymous BitTorrent stuff here.
You could build a server that offers "internet privacy" of a sort. Kind of like "" except yours would actually work.
You have a server that accepts VPN connections from your paying clients. This server just forwards all the packets from your paying clients out into the Internet, and sends responses back to your paying clients.
Privacy comes from the fact that no one knows who downloaded which webpages or which torrents. There would at least be reasonable doubt about who downloaded what in the eyes of Big Brother. The more customers you have the greater the doubt about who downloaded what.
An even better way to go (after your IPO) would be to put your servers in some banana republic with a great internet connection ... even harder for Big Brother to snoop.
FYI TorrentPrivacy charges about $12/month per user for a service that is purported to do this although their latest version is a piece of $h!t.
If you really want to be protected, get a vpn (virtual private network) or a different torrent IP address. I get mine through TorrentPrivacy. As for a program, uTorrent is probably the best out there. If you're on Windows though, Vuze is pretty good. As for making sure that you're absolutely not being watched, I'm not too sure on that.. just get a vpn and you should be fine.
Well, I found out I got caught when comcast shut off my internet. They had sent me an email, but it was to the comcast email address I never used.
I agreed to get rid of all the infringing material, and they hooked me back up. Then I subscribed to TorrentPrivacy, it cost $10 (us) a month, and everything's been fine for 16 months now.
i just tried out TorrentPrivacy's VPN, since i have an account with them that ends in a month.
In the middle of the night, their VPN software disconnected and didnt reconnect and my torrent kept downloading.
Didn't you say you also route through your webhost when that's an issue? Couldn't you also get a subscription to one of those VPN farm services (IPredator, TorrentPrivacy, if you're really desperate HotSpot Shield is free) so that even if they knew where you were connecting to they wouldn't know which outgoing IP to sniff? And most of the good ones don't keep logs, so they wouldn't be able to tell a government authority if the wanted to.
Also, if you guys use peerblock soft where to block untrusted connections, you will notice alot less block attempts, so it seems like the torrents might be lest tracked the on TPB, TPB is pretty much where all the Anti torrent company's go. Im not 100% sure tho.
Also if you can afford it , get a PVN, a good one is BTguard, this make your downloads 100% Anonymous also,TorrentPrivacy has a free trial for there vpn service, which is really good.
I live off-campus (thank god), but honestly between Netflix and Spotify I rarely torrent anything. If you haven't already, just invest in a monthly subscription to both services and steal someone's WiFi or go to Starbucks if you need to torrent something.
If you're really hellbent on torrenting on campus, download TorrentPrivacy. You have to pay for it, but there's a free trial. I've never used it, so do so at your own risk.
As a sidenote, as hardcore as reddit is about torrenting/open internet, I'm surprised people aren't more helpful. Maybe look for some torrent-related subreddits and see if they can help you to not get caught.
You should just check in with TorrentPrivacy's support. Or check in at /r/VPN.
I don't know anything about them, but offhand does their VPN application have a kill switch option? You should definitely have that enabled if their VPN connection is that flaky.
Outside of that, not sure, maybe their VPN service just isn't that stable?