I have NordVPN which I use with qbittorrent - it has worked well. however, in the midst of using them recently I was notified by Nord that a new version was available to install. I updated the VPNs but the qbittorrent remained active (presumably without an active VPN during the install). About an hour later I got an email from Xfinity (my internet provider)
" This is an alert under our DMCA repeat infringer policy
This alert is to let you know we’ve received a notification of alleged copyright infringement associated with your Xfinity Internet account. That means your Internet service may have been used to copy or share a movie, show, song, game, or other copyrighted content without any required permission…"
It directed me to https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/comcast-dmca-compliance-policy
which is a monthly escalating policy, possibly resulting in termination of my Xfinity service.
That threat is real since there are no other internet providers in my area.
Did the Xfinity email resulted from the temporary lapse in the VPN, or might prior unnotified tracking have occurred? In other words, if I am more careful, is it safe to resume (next month) using qbittorrent + a VPN