Torrenting can be a great way to get content from the internet with users able to download files directly from other users.

There has been huge growth in the popularity of torrenting however there are so many users sharing files through torrents, it can be hard to know which ones are legitimate and which ones are not.

Files are being shared between all of these users, it can be difficult to keep track of where they are and how much of them you have downloaded. This can lead to people accidentally downloading infected or corrupt files.

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Torrenting also has its detractors due to it living in a grey area. For original content, torrenting is a great way for it reach a new audience however the darker sides of torrenting include pirated, illegal material and potential prosections.

We break down the key information in our articles:

🧠 Understanding Torrenting

Torrenting is a way of downloading content from the internet using a peer-to-peer network. This type of network allows users to share files with each other directly, rather than through a central server. This can be done by using a torrent client, which allows users to connect to a swarm of peers who are sharing the desired content.

When you open a torrent file, the client will connect to other users who are sharing that file, and download pieces of it from them. As the file is downloaded, it is also uploaded to other users in the swarm, so that they can download it as well.

🛡️ Torrenting Protection

Within the convenience of torrenting there also lies its downfall. With that said, there are some things you can do to protect yourself while you are engaging in torrenting either uploading or downloading:

  • Always use a VPN
  • Make use of an adblock
  • Install a good anti-virus
  • Use trusted torrent sites only
  • Always be careful what you click on

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