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Dewey Banks

Upnp ... port forwarding from router / qbitorrent / airvpn

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I use qbittorrent and read it is safer to untick the "upnp... port forwarding from router" box in qbittorrent options.  I know people do this for safety reasons but exactly how does it enhance security?

I usually have this unticke.  However, I just recently reinstalled windows, etc. and ran qbitorrent for a night with the option accidentally left ticked. What kind of exposure am I potentially looking at here?


Was I still protected? 


(note:  I use btguard proxy in addition to airvpn and have the proxy set up inside the qbitorrent options )




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The problem is that UPnP can bypass the VPN/proxy so it's safer to untick it.

During that time, your IP address may have leaked unless you used the network lock or any firewall rules restricting traffic to/from the VPN.

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