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Basic Things to Know About Torrenting - Lewis Robinson - Blog

Basic Things to Know About Torrenting

Undiscovered music. Short films. Open source software. You can find practically anything when you search for it using torrenting. Torrents get a bad reputation as being illegal, time-consuming, and often confusing, but they are actually quite legal and easy to use once you get the hang of it. If you'd like to find new media for yourself or your family, this guide will help you get started in the world of torrenting.


Basic Torrenting Terms

Before you start the torrenting life, it's important to understand the terms. A torrent itself is the file that you search for when you want to download something. The file typically has a descriptive name, but keep in mind that the .torrent is not the entire file. In fact, it just has information. You'll search an index for the list of files. To download a torrent, you'll need a BitTorrent client, a type of software that allows you to turn the .torrent file into an actual download. There are a range of clients available for most platforms. When you download, you're a leecher, which means you do not yet have the full file and are downloading it. Seeders are people who have the entire file and are sharing it on the network. Together, you make a swarm.


Understanding the Legalities

People mistakenly believe that all torrents are illegal, but that isn't the case. Peer-to-peer file sharing is legal, as long as you aren't downloading copyrighted content. Your federal and local laws could make a difference as well. For example, some countries allow you to download copyrighted content for personal use, but sharing it with others is illegal. Learn about the copyright laws you must follow before torrenting. Of course, even when downloading legally, you'll want to protect yourself with a Virtual Private Network. A VPN allows you to keep your IP address safe from hackers by showing only the server's IP address. It also encrypts the connection to keep all the data on your computer safe. Finally, it unblocks sites that are blocked from internet service providers who simply block torrenting sites rather than take time to see which seeders and leechers are following the law. When it comes to which VPN to use when torrenting, the answer is simply whichever one you like the most.

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Downloading Your Software

After deciding which torrent client to use, you'll need to download and install it. Some clients are ad-supported with pro versions, so keep that in mind as you search. Once you find and download one you like, you'll need to install it. For example, if you're using BitTorrent's free version (the most popular one available), you can simply follow the setup wizard. After doing so, optimize your speed settings in the options menu, and then you're ready to download your first torrent.


Searching for Your First Torrent

To search for torrents, you'll need to find a trustworthy site that hosts clean content and works hard to prevent hackers or others from trying to upload malware. Zoogle is a popular one that has millions of verified torrents, and Torlock's site claims to have 100% verified links. Other options include SeedPeer and Demonoid, although the latter is a private community that requires you to apply when registration is open. Once you choose a site, search your keywords and find one that has a large swarm, as these will typically download the fastest. Save the link, and then open it in your client to begin the download process. Remember, most downloads begin very slowly but will pick up the pace quickly, so don't worry if it seems to be slow upon opening.

Remember, the availability of torrents relies on you and your peers, which means you'll need to follow etiquette to become a respected member of the community. This means using a VPN, avoiding malware and fake torrents, downloading during off times (such as the middle of the night) whenever possible, and keeping your torrent files available for seeding for as long as possible. After all, if everybody deleted their torrent files as soon as they downloaded what they wanted, nobody would find anything in the first place. By keeping these tips, tricks, and the etiquette rules in mind, you're sure to become a torrenting pro.

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