BTGuard

User Rating Average: BTGuard Review, 4.8 out of 10 based on 67 ratings (see user reviews):


BTGuardWebsite: www.btguard.com
Price: $9.95 / Month
Our Rating: – 65%
Protection: 4/5
Software / GUI:
3/5
Features:
3/5
Speed:
2.5/5
Ease of Use:
5/5
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Service: BTGuard comes in two flavors (and prices):-

As a Bittorrent Proxy – BTGuard’s paid proxy service ($6.95 / Month), through which you pass your download traffic, hides the IP-addresses of its users from the public and any tracking will see the BTGuard IP address rather than your own and therefore your identity effectively stays hidden from view.

As a VPN Service – BTGuard’s VPN service ($9.95 / Month), operates much like any other VPN, securing your internet connection and rendering your web browsing and other net services anonymous. The server network is limited to Canada, Netherlands(EU) and Singapore so pick the nearest server to your location, P2P downloads should then be at least reliable and secure.

Privacy: BTGuard does not log customer IP addresses or customer usage. See their Policy/Terms/FAQ

Our Thoughts: We tested the VPN service (not the proxy service) and it’s a basic, no frills affair. Set-up is easy and BTGuard works via the standard OpenVPN GUI. However, we found connecting via PPTP instead slightly increased the server speeds. We also found the Canada server very overloaded and slow at times and experienced more consistent results connecting via the EU server.

If only occasional/light P2P file sharing is your thing the EU server should work ok. However, if you are looking for more, you may find the limited server network restricting (For example, it’s no good for US or UK online TV network streaming).

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BTGuard Speed Test

Below you can see our testing results for BTGuard. For more details of how we conduct our speed tests go to VPN Speed Tests.

Test PC #1 – United States – OS (Mac OSX) – ISP (Cox)

SpeedTest.net (Chromium) Location Ping Download Upload
Not Using VPN United States 24 22.53 7.2
PPTP EU 166 4.14 2.99
PPTP Canada 101 1.24 1.33
Download Test (Curl) Location File Size Av. Speed/sec Time/mins
Not Using VPN United States 620M 1841K 05:44
PPTP EU 620M 520K 20:19
P2P Test (Transmission) Location File Size Av. Speed/sec Time/mins
Not Using VPN United States 729.1Mb 1.58Mb 07:41
PPTP EU 729.1Mb 0.73Mb 16:20
PPTP Canada 729.1Mb 0.27Mb 45:09

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Test PC #2 – United Kingdom – OS (Win 7) – ISP (Sky)

SpeedTest.net (Firefox) Location Ping Download Upload
Not Using VPN United Kingdom 32 10.56 0.94
OpenVPN EU 41 9.94 0.84
Download Test (Curl) Location File Size Av. Speed/sec Time/mins
Not Using VPN United Kingdom 620M 1241k 09:00
OpenVPN EU 620M 1174k 12:01
P2P Test (uTorrent) Location File Size Av. Speed/sec Time/mins
Not Using VPN United Kingdom 695Mb 1.1Mb 10:22
OpenVPN EU 695Mb 1.0Mb 11:05

Tips: If you’re having trouble with connecting, but not actually seeing your IP address change, try checking the option in your VPN settings to “use the VPN for all traffic” (or similar wording). That isn’t specified in some of the instructions and we had this trouble in a couple instances with PPTP connections. Checking that solved the problem.

The Canada server seems to be under heavy load and a bit slow.

PPTP via their EU server seems to have the best and most consistent speeds, especially from the US. We found that OpenVPN seems to sacrifice performance quite a bit when connecting from the US. In Europe though, OpenVPN still seems to provide great speeds when connecting to the EU server.

Note: The handshake protocol (MSCHAP_V2) used by many PPTP connections has been cracked and therefore PPTP could now be considered unencrypted. For maximum security use OpenVPN or L2TP.
https://www.cloudcracker.com/blog/2012/07/29/cracking-ms-chap-v2/

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Article last updated: April 15, 2014 by vpnadmin

75 Responses to “BTGuard Review”

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    Great value, decent speeds most of the time and hides my IP address. Interface is slick and easy to use so what more could you want except for a few more server locations. That said it meets my needs.

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    Decided to go for the full VPN package and am more than happy. Slows down a bit at night but thats to be expected. I always download during the day anyway and speeds are close to normal ISP. Very easy to use and set-up.

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    Good enough service from my end. Speeds tend to drop at peak times and you need look for torrents with the most seeds. Pretty much what you’d expect for chump change every month.

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  4. I have been using btguard in Australia for about a year. Service is awesome and it’s good quality for the price.

    (User did not complete star ratings – vpnadmin)

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    This is a Great Service. Easy and quick to set up et also very reliable. I am using it every day… And I am fully happy with it.

    Merci BT Guard.

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    So far so good.

    Only tried it with uTorrent though. I used to like Vuze but it’s a memory hog and grinds my shitty laptop to a halt.

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    This is a great service for only $6.95 a month. Set up was pretty smooth except for a small issue on my end with network settings and I’ve not had a problem yet with downtimes or speed issues.

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    Gday from Aussie land. Tried this a couple of months back and although the speed was ok i had a couple of dropped connections mid download which hacked me off big time. Support weren’t much help either. Canned it gonna try a full vpn next month

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    Been with BT Guard for a while now, at least 6 months, can’t quite remember. Sometimes speed can be slow but i’ve had 450kbs at times. Being anonymous is what counts for me. I’ve had no notices while using the software so far and it does the job for me

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    Iv’e been using BTGaurd for a few months now and it works pretty well for me. Every now and again speeds are a bit slower but that’s to be expected with torrent downloads. Make sure you have it properly configured before using it.

    I’ve recieved bad speeds ioccasionally but that is a torrent download that dosen’t have that plenty of seed items.

    It did get bad write-ups in the past but they seem to have gotten their act together more. Customer support still isnt the best though but for the price and overall its good for me.

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