It is possible to use a SOCKS proxy with Vuze for downloading BitTorrent files anonymously. It also works for sharing. This is important for keeping your IP address from being displayed to hosts who monitor and track connections. It can make downloading safer than it is to begin with.
Here are the instructions for Vuze proxy configuration:
- Click ‘Tool’s from the menu.
- Click ‘Options…’
- Click the box next to where it says ‘Connection’ in the menu on the left side. This will open more options.
- Underneath that, click ‘Proxy Options’.
- Tick the box that says ‘Enable proxying of tracker communications [restart required].
- Tick the box that says ‘I have a SOCKS proxy’.
- Where it says ‘Host’, enter the hostname or IP address of your proxy service. If you’re not sure, contact your provider.
- Where it says ‘Port’, enter the port. If you’re not sure, contact your provider.
- Where it says ‘Username’, enter your username if you have one. Not all do.
- Where it says ‘Password’, enter your password if you have one. Not all require this unless there is also a username.
- Tick the box that says ‘Enable proxying of peer communications (outgoing connections only) [restart required]‘
- Tick the box that says ‘Inform tracker of limitation’ if it is not already selected.
- Where it says ‘SOCKS version, select V4 or V5 depending on which one is being used. If you’re not sure, contact your provider.
- Tick the box that says ‘Use same proxy settings for tracker and peer communications proxy’. Optionally, don’t do this if a different one is being used for outgoing connections. In that case you would un-tick it and enter the proper settings in the boxes below.
- Click ‘File’ from the menu on the top left.
- Click ‘Restart Vuze’. Wait for it and test the connection. If there are problems, un-tick the boxes in instructions 6 and 11 to disable the Vuze proxy and go back to normal.