While file sharing is controversial and often accused of being “music piracy,” millions of internet users continue to share their files and download files from others, and thousands of new torrent users are added every day.
Before getting started, install reliable anti-virus software on your computer to thwart any viruses you may get while torrenting. Then, read the articles below in order from top to bottom.
Important Reminder About the Legality of Torrents
In short: not all torrents are legal, and you could be reprimanded for downloading illegal content.
There are lots of illegal files floating around through torrents. It’s important to remind yourself that just because the torrent downloads themselves are free, it does not mean that the torrent data you’re downloading is free from copyright. Some countries have laws protecting copyright holders, so that should be considered before downloading torrents.
Not all torrents infringe on copyright laws; there are tons of free images, movies, music and documents that you can share with an unlimited number of people for free. However, it’s also really easy to share and download other data too, which might be considered illegal.
If you are new to torrent downloading, then you will definitely want to read about how the system works.
Torrents (.TORRENT files and magnet links) are pointer files that help torrent software locate the computers of other users who are sharing that specific file or group of files that you’re wanting to download.
With the torrent file, you can then tell the software to connect to those private computers for copying their music, movies, documents etc, to your own computer.
Torrent downloading requires special software that can read the .TORRENT file or magnet link. These torrent software products also need to provide management control over download and upload speeds, priorities, and cataloging.
Torrent programs aren’t just downloadable tools that work from your desktop. You can also download torrents through your web browser so that you can access the files anywhere and sometimes even stream media files without downloading them.
Once you understand torrent swarming and have the right torrent software or online service necessary for using the torrent data, it’s time to find the right pointer files that will get you the files you’re after.
Nearly all torrent sites are easy enough to use because you can search through their database pretty quickly or browse relevant categories, though some might be littered with advertisements. Other torrent sites are much cleaner private communities that closely guard their catalog of torrents.
Sadly, there are vandals, thieves and scammers out there who use phony torrent files to put malware on your computer. By disguising their nasty software as attractive movies and music downloads, these scammers seek to deceive you into installing their stuff.