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You are not necessarily a pirate if you torrent.

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Torrenting is not illegal if you are not downloading or distributing copyrighted content. With all the riot about banning torrent sites, we forget that torrents have more legal uses than illegal ones.

Still not convinced?

  • Head over to BitTorrent Now to see how creatives have used torrent files to distribute their work to you.
  • Amazon S3 supports the Bit Torrent protocol, so developers can save costs when they want to transfer large amounts of data.
  • Sites like Academic Torrents and even the Internet Archive use the BitTorrent protocol to help you download study and history files.

Like cars or your butter, wild boar torrents are easy to use. How you use them is your responsibility.

Although it's pretty easy, many people have difficulty getting started. Even those who describe themselves as "advanced users" often don't even know half of what is possible.

This guide is meant to walk you through getting started and also show you some cool tricks so that even seasoned users can get their fair value.

BitTorrent: Just an Easy Way to Share Files

Most of us are more familiar with traditional forms of file sharing such as email and FTP. BitTorrent is just another file sharing method we can use.

BitTorrent introduces a big difference. While email and FTP rely on one computer to host the file and transfer it to connected computers, BitTorrent files are distributed across many computers using peer-to-peer technology. How P2P (Peer to Peer) Works How P2P (Peer to Peer) File Sharing Works There has always been a dark side to the internet, and piracy has been rampant from the start. It started with message boards even before the traditional "internet" as we know it was even born ... Read More BitTorrent allows you to share or download any type of file: EXE, MP3, AVI, JPG, DOCX, etc.

Let's use the book sharing analogy to illustrate how BitTorrent works.

There is a book you want to read, but you only have one chapter with you. You look around and find a friend who has a few more chapters. It's still not a complete book, so the two of you are looking for a few more people who might have the remaining pages. There are a lot of people and even though no one has the full book yet, you can share the chapters among yourself until you all get copies of the full book one by one.

On the Internet, the "book" becomes the file that you want to download. The file is broken up into small pieces or bits. Each of you has at least one piece, so start downloading and sharing these "bits" until everyone has the entire file. Any piece that you (or someone else) downloads is available to everyone else. At the same time you are downloading some pieces while you are uploading others.

So instead of putting the file on a computer to host and distribute the file, you can share them all.

Understand common BitTorrent terms

These key terms further explain how each part of the protocol works.

Torrent: At the beginning of all of this, the torrent file is itself. This is the file you are looking for when you want to download something. Usually the name of the torrent file is descriptive enough. For example, a version of Ubuntu can have this filename: ubuntu-17.10-desktop-amd64.iso.torrent

Remember that the .torrent file is not the entire file. It's extremely small and only contains the information that points to the actual file and the people who are sharing it. It's like a card that the BitTorrent client uses to put all the pieces together.

BitTorrent client: A BitTorrent Client These Are The Best Free Mac BitTorrent Clients These Are The Best Free Mac BitTorrent Clients BitTorrent is one of the most efficient ways to share files on the internet, and the best Mac clients are all free! Read More It is the software that reads the .torrent file, reads the information it contains, and starts the download. Torrent clients are available for all platforms, including Android and iOS. On the iOS, you may need to jailbreak the phone.

Peer: A peer is any computer that is involved in downloading and uploading a torrent file.

Seeder: A seed (or seeder) is anyone who has a complete copy of the file that is shared on the torrent network.

Leecher: A leech (or leecher) is the person who doesn't have the full file yet but has joined the network to download it. A leecher becomes a seeder when they download the entire file and then share it on the network.

Swarm: The swarm is the sum of all leechers and seeders (i.e. all computers) participating in the torrenting process.

Index: An index, as the name suggests, is a searchable list of .torrent files hosted on a website.

Share ratio: The ratio is the amount of data a user has uploaded divided by the amount of data they have downloaded for a given torrent (UL ÷ DL). A Share ratio greater than 1 has a positive effect on the reputation of the user because the user has sent more data to other users than he has received. The opposite has an effect Equity quota below 1 negative.

Tracker: The tracker is a server that has information about who has which files and who needs which and thus acts as a bridge between seed drills and leachers. Some trackers are private and require registration, with most being public.

Before we get into the process and get our hands dirty, let's pause and double-check the legality of the torrents. While the torrent protocol is technically legal, its abuse is at the center of the fight against digital piracy. What motivates people to record and upload pirated movies and music? What motivates people to record and upload pirated copies and music? What are Release Group members doing uploading the latest episode of Game of Thrones? We talked to a few and found out. Continue reading . Big Brother is watching your every move, so stay vigilant and stay clean.

Bit torrent isn't illegal: understand copyright laws

"The seventh season of Game of Thrones exceeded a billion illegal downloads on September 3, 2017 and is on piracy channels."
- MUSO.com

Peer-to-peer file sharing is perfectly legal, but using copyrighted content is not. If you depend on downloads for your creative work or education, take the time to understand copyright laws. These online resources can be confusing when it comes to copyright law? These online resources can help. It's a confusing subject, yes, but it is important that you take care of it. If you're involved in any creative work, these resources will help you with it. Continue reading .

In some countries it is okay to download (use) materials for personal use, but distribution is a criminal offense. Torrenting makes the water a little muddy because the protocol makes everyone both a downloader and a distributor.

There have been numerous cases where torrent trackers indexing the torrents available have been shut down due to violations of the laws of some countries. Organizations like that Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) took action against many of them because they were a source of piracy.

Remember that downloaders can be identified by their IP addresses, so the cloak of anonymity cannot hide behind them.

The safest thing to do is to comply with applicable copyright laws. Click the link for the copyright policy of the specific tracker website. the better ones have it.

Getting started with torrents

A torrent client is software designed for peer-to-peer file sharing using the BitTorrent protocol. A good torrent client should be safe, reliable, and easy to use. Here's how easy it is to get a solid torrent client, set it up, and download our first file.

Find the right torrent software

A simple Google search will bring up some popular names. BitTorrent was the first torrent client that is still running well after 16 years of solid service. However, you may want to look at the bigger box and a few more options for your operating systems.

A good place to get familiar with all of the shebang is Wikipedia's comparison of BitTorrent clients. Or check out our articles on The Best Torrent Clients For Windows The 4+ Best BitTorrent Clients To Get The Most Of Your Downloads The 4 Best BitTorrent Clients To Get The Most Of Your Downloads BitTorrent is still reliable and pretty fast Ability to download large files. It may not be the best method, but sometimes it sure is the easiest. The clients are simple enough and ... Read More the internet The best Mac customers are all free! Read More And The Best Torrent Clients For Linux 5 Modern Linux Torrent Clients For Fast Downloads 5 Modern Linux Torrent Clients For Fast Downloads There are several high quality torrent clients available for Linux users. After a few days of research, I am confident that I have found the perfect one. Do you use it Continue reading . Chromebook users can try tools like JSTorrent and Bitford Downloading torrents on a Chromebook Downloading torrents on a Chromebook Has the Chrome OS finally managed to outperform its competing operating systems and provide a high quality BitTorrent client? MakeUseOf investigates ... Read More

There is plenty of free and lightweight software available. Some customers are ad sponsored (including the official BitTorrent customer) and you will have to pay to remove the ads.

Install the torrent client

The download is small at 2.74 MB for the Windows version of BitTorrent Free. If this is your first time installing BitTorrent, just follow the screenshots. The installations of the other BitTorrent clients are also similar.

Optimize your torrent client for speed

A torrent client is no different from any other software. You can take it out "straight from the box" and run it. Or you could tweak something here and there to make it run more smoothly.

BitTorrent contains a Setup manualwhich allows you to test your bandwidth and configure the client for maximum performance. Go to Options> Setup Guide (or use Ctrl + G). BitTorrent recommends that you follow the steps in order.

The setup manual runs two tests:

It tests your bandwidth for upload speeds. BitTorrent will try to upload at your maximum speed so you need to find out how much it is and put a certain limit on it to avoid stifling your connection. Select the closest location from the drop-down menu.

It tests and verifies your router settings. The first time BitTorrent is run, it will automatically choose a port for you. A port is the place where your computer receives communication signals from the external network. This test checks if the port is open to traffic or if there is a configuration problem.

Later in the guide we'll look at the screen Focus attitudes and optimize your BitTorrent for speed and performance.

Download your first torrent

Search engines are eager to advertise torrent links on the search results page. This is another front in the fight against copyright infringement. In early 2017, Google and other search engines were working on a voluntary anti-piracy code. The police have tightened as search engines and ISPs honor real takedown requests.

The discussion is not against torrents, but against piracy sites. Google and other Internet service providers continue to suspend the search from the search results. SEO traffic to dubious sites is cut off and torrent sites generally do not find a place in search results.

For example, The Pirate Bay is banned in the UK and India among other countries, although these torrent sites and meta search engines also contain legal content (e.g. LibreOffice and various Linux distributions).

Which torrent sites should you go to? If you are offended with the Pirate Bay closure, here are some reliable Pirate Bay alternatives Replace Pirate Bay with These Torrent Alternatives Replace Pirate Bay with These Torrent Alternatives The Pirate Bay Shut Shop. But there are plenty of alternatives out there. You just need to know where to look. Here are the top six torrent sites besides The Pirate Bay. Continue reading .

Going to a trusted torrent site also helps us avoid the dangers of downloading a damaged file or even a malicious virus. A good torrent website will filter the unwanted ones and host clean .torrents. Here are a few more recommended ones:

SkyTorrents: A clean, privacy-conscious torrent site with no ads.

Zooqle: A clean interface with nearly three million verified torrents and counters. You can log in to manage your torrent downloads on the website.

Torlock: A torrent download site with 100% verified torrents. Torlock pays its users $ 1 for every fake torrent they discover, but I was unable to independently verify this claim.

SeedPeer: A fast and clean site with a large catalog of three million verified torrents.

RarBG: The trusted site is popular with the torrent community and another alternative for PirateBay buffs.

Demonoid: A household name that survived the emigration. The only downside is that Demonoid is a private torrenting community and you need to register when slots become available.

How to find torrents to download

1. Go to one of the torrent sites and find your desired torrent file. For example, the following screenshot is from Sky Torrents. Enter your keyword.

Remember that a torrent file is nothing more than a small 15-100KB file that points to the contents of the entire file and the people in the swarm. These .torrent files are uploaded on the Internet by torrent sharers.

2. Select a healthy torrent link to download. Usually it will be one that has a large number of seeders and peers. Some torrent sites also display an icon indicating that the community has confirmed the verification as "clean". It's always a good idea to read comments from the community at the link.

3. Click the torrent link. The small ". Torrent" file will be downloaded to your desktop in a few seconds. You can also click on the icon of a magnet that is a magnet for the torrent. A Magnetic connection is a serverless method of downloading the torrent information. Instead of a torrent file sitting somewhere on a server, download it directly from a peer.

Most torrent websites include both options. Many sites have switched to magnet links only because you can then download the torrent even if the original tracker is down or closed.

4. Navigate to your saved .torrent file and double-click it to open the file with your torrent client. You can also use the software's menu to add the .torrent file for download. Or drag and drop the .torrent file into your software window.

With a magnetic link, the torrent client automatically starts the torrent client.Now your software will start downloading by first connecting to the tracker server to find out who else is downloading the same file and what bits they have.

5. The tracker server identifies the users involved in the share and marks them as seeders or leechers. Look for a torrent with a higher number of seeders. The The ratio of seeders to leechers is the equity quota and a higher number makes for a healthier (and faster) stream.

6. The download will begin, but if it starts slowly you shouldn't be alarmed. Gradually the speed increases as the swarm increases.

The time it takes to complete the download depends on the file size, the speed of your connection, and the quality of the swarm. After the download is complete, you can enjoy the file that you just received. Well, after all that hard work, if you are thinking of deleting the leftover .torrent file and closing the client software, just take a break here. This single selfish act is known in the torrent community as " Hit and run " (HnR or H & R) known and a cardinal sin of the torrent world.

How to become a good member of the torrent community

Hit-and-runners are called "leechers" by the torrent community. Strictly speaking, a leecher is someone who doesn't yet have a full copy of a particular file. A leecher only becomes a seeder when it shares its finished copy with the rest of the swarm.

Unfortunately, the term has also symbolized those users who download without uploading (i.e. take but not back to the swarm). Follow this basic rule to avoid this name:

"Let your torrent client software run for at least three hours after the download, or until you've uploaded as much as you downloaded (a 1: 1 ratio). Sometimes it may not be possible to follow this rule, but it's important to stick to it. "

Tip: Download at night so that after you've downloaded your file and you've uploaded your share too, you've downloaded your file.

Torrent Safety Rules: Be Careful What You Download

At first you may feel like a kid in a chocolate shop, but be careful because there are a lot of fake torrents out there. Most of them are vicious. Here are five golden rules of internet safety that have never let me down:

  1. Make it a habit to check for comments left by previous downloaders regarding the quality of torrents.
  2. Download torrents from a reputable website or join a private tracker. Private tracker moderate the quality vigorously, but then they are just as strict with their rules.
  3. Avoid downloading files that have been split into several kilobyte files and zipped. Usually these are fake torrents.
  4. Always read the rules and copyright policy of the website you are downloading from.
  5. Don't Download Pirated Software or Computer Game Files From Unsafe Public Torrent Sites 10 Easy Ways To Never Get A Virus 10 Easy Ways To Never Get A Virus With a little basic training, you can completely avoid the problem of viruses and malware on your computers and mobile devices. Now you can calm down and enjoy the internet! Continue reading .

The best software for torrenting

You started with an idea about torrents, a torrent client, and a network connection. With the help of some search engines, you came across your first .torrent file and successfully downloaded your first file.

Well, just like a good handyman, going from a novice torrent to a torrent ninja is what you need to find the best software for your operating system.

Security software: Your Firewall and Anti-Virus Software The 10 Best Free Anti-Virus Programs The 10 Best Free Anti-Virus Programs Now you need to know: You need antivirus protection. Macs, Windows and Linux PCs need it. You really have no excuse. So grab one of these ten and start protecting your computer! Read More

Archiving program: Many files are compressed before they are uploaded. You will need fast extraction software to decompress these. WinRAR and WinZip are common, but I would recommend that you consider 7-Zip an excellent free alternative along with PeaZip and Zipware.

Media Player: Torrents are often the best way to share movies and audio files that are open to the public. Any good media file installed on your system can handle diversity if they have the right codecs installed. VLC Media Player is still the best open source media player out there.

Also, check out this picklist of the best media players for Windows and the best media players for Mac. VLC is common on both lists.

Codecs for playback support: When you can't play a video or audio file, the problem is often with a missing codec. A codec is a piece of code that is behind the compression and decompression of data. Download the correct codec and it will solve your problems. Codec download sources include:

  • Codecs.com
  • Codecguide.com
  • Combined community codec package
  • X codec package
  • FourCC.org

How to Speed ​​Up Your Torrent Downloads

What's the point of the torrent protocol when the download speed is like a turtle in a sack race? The download speed depends on a few factors, some of which you can control. Let's see how you can tweak your torrent client with a few nips and tweak the settings.

The screenshots below are from BitTorrent on Windows 10. But torrent clients share common settings and it won't be difficult for you to get under the hood.

1. Check your bandwidth

In order to optimize your torrent download speed, you need to know your maximum download and upload limits. You also need to find out if your ISP is restricting torrenting in any way. There are several ways that you can check that you are getting the bandwidth that you paid for. Are you getting the broadband speed you pay for? Are you getting the broadband speed you pay for? How fast is your internet connection really? Your ISP tells you the speed, but how do you know if you are actually getting the speed you are paying for? You can find out with one of the ... Read More It is now more important to measure the health of the internet as net neutrality restrictions are being phased out in some countries.

Make a note of the download and upload speeds. This will be important shortly.

The Battle for the Net Internet Health Test is a bookmarked website to measure your bandwidth and report if you encounter any problems. The speed test takes less than a minute.

If you are in Europe, visit Respect My Net, a platform for reporting violations of net neutrality in the EU. Alternative speed test tools like Speedtest are also available.

Your own computer can snack on your bandwidth. If you're seeing a consistent drop and the fault isn't with your ISP then check out these reasons for your internet speed dropping. Find out who is taking your bandwidth with these tips. .waiting. Click .... wait. Click .... ARG! Does that sound familiar to you? It's you when you run out of internet bandwidth! Let's find out what your internet connection is and how to get it back. Continue reading .

TCP Optimizer 4 is a small free program that can optimize your Internet connection. The FAQ can be found on the linked page.

2. Use the correct torrent client

Some clients come with features while some are as simple as possible. You may also prefer a cross-platform torrent client that you can easily configure on all of your machines. BitTorrent and uTorrent have been around for a long time, but now they're loaded with ads, so I prefer light torrent clients Beat the Bloat! Try these lightweight BitTorrent clients! Try These Lightweight BitTorrent Clients Guns Do Not Share Illegal Files. People share illegal files. Or, wait, how's it going again? What I'm saying is that BitTorrent shouldn't be dissed because of its piracy potential. Continue reading .

For Windows: Check out Tixati or qBitTorrent which are open source software and have all the essentials. I haven't tried it yet, but there are some sophisticated clients like FrostWire and BitLord to check out too.

For Mac OS: Broadcast was the best torrent client for Mac OS, but it was hit with a couple of security issues. Alternatives to Transmission 4 Transmission Alternatives for Mac BitTorrent Users 4 Transmission Alternatives for Mac BitTorrent Users The transmission was infected with malware twice in a year. Hence, you should consider a new Mac torrent app. Read More

For Linux: Ubuntu is preinstalled with Transmission. There are a number of good torrent clients out there. qBitTorrent takes the top spot again. Take a look at the other modern torrent clients for Linux 5 Modern Linux torrent clients for fast downloads 5 Modern Linux torrent clients for fast downloads There are several high quality torrent clients available for Linux users. After a few days of research, I am confident that I have found the perfect one. Do you use it Continue reading .

Torrent clients in the cloud: Cloud torrents are now safe, anonymous and fast. You can access your files from anywhere. Offcloud, Bitport.io, Put.io and Seedr.cc offer comprehensive services.

3. Choose Healthy Torrents

A good torrent is one in which the number of seed drills is greater than the number of leechers. The more seed drills, the more is healthier your torrent, so choose a torrent, the seeder-leecher ratio is high . You can find them on many websites with a green badge, which usually signals that it is being reviewed by the community as well.

4. Allow torrents through the firewall

Firewall software hates torrent connections and often blocks them. You can also block the torrent client from downloading itself.

The first step is to add an exclusion to Windows Defender or any other security software you have installed.

Next, go to your torrent client and select the option that allows an exception to be added to Windows Firewall automatically:

Go to Options> Settings> Connection> Windows Firewall exception Add . click on Apply and up OK .

Never shut down your antivirus and firewall as this is your first line of defense against malicious downloads.

5. Change the default port

BitTorrent uses the standard ports 6881 to 6999. Because torrent connections generate a lot of traffic, ISPs try to throttle the bandwidth on these ports. Good torrent clients allow you to change the ports so that connections are not restricted. Change it to a different area or randomize it every time.

Only at Options> Settings> Connection to go. Activate the following under the settings of the listening port:

  • Enable the UPnP port mapping
  • Enable the NAT-PMP port mapping
  • Randomize the port for each start

Aside from those required for essential tasks like email and browsing, most ports are blocked by routers by default to prevent malicious connections. If the home computer is behind a router, the ports must be opened using the port forwarding function. What is port forwarding and how can it help me? [MakeUseOf Explained] What is Port Forwarding & How can it help me? [MakeUseOf Explains] Do you cry a little inside when someone tells you there is a port forwarding problem and that is why your new app is not working? Your Xbox won't let you play games, refuse your torrent downloads ... Read more to allow torrent traffic.

Our Short Tutorial On How To Increase Your Torrent Download Speed ​​5 Ways To Increase Your Torrent Download Speed ​​5 Ways To Increase Your Torrent Download Speed ​​For many people, peer-to-peer distributed downloading is power of torrents isn't all that it takes to be. When you've drowned yourself in fake files, choked on the ISP speed throttling, and tired of being told that you are written the easy way with proper port management.

6. Do not complete your maximum upload or download speeds

Think of your bandwidth as a freeway trying to handle rush hour traffic in both directions. If you have a reason to limit your maximum download and upload rates, do this. For example when you are streaming or playing online. But don't set it too low as it will throttle your own download rate.

TorrentFreak recommends a simple calculation. But you can only bet a lower percentage than your maximum and experiment.

  • Maximum upload speed: 80 percent of the maximum upload speed
  • Maximum download speed: 95 percent of your maximum download speed

You can see the setting if you go to Go to Options> Settings> Bandwidth> Global Upload Rate Limit / Global Download Rate Limit.

In order to achieve the maximum speeds, you should set both values ​​to "0". This is the unlimited or maximum allowable rate allowed by your ISP. The BitTorrent protocol, which is based on the value of "fairness", identifies you to the swarm according to the quality of your bandwidth.

If your speed is too slow, you will be automatically grouped with similar peers on slow connections. In short, you get back what you put into the crush. I'm not worried about upload speeds, I'm working with a small batch (queue) of active torrents to improve overall health.

Note: BitTorrent asks under "Maximum upload and download rate" for Kbps and not for Mbps. Use a bandwidth conversion tool like ToolStudio or use the Google search bar trick to convert.

7. Set the number of connections

The number of connections is the essential part of a BitTorrent optimization. These can be found under Options> Preferences> Bandwidth can be set .

The global maximum number of connections specifies the maximum number of connections a BitTorrent client can establish for a P2P exchange. Settings too high do not mean higher speeds . Too high a setting would consume useless bandwidth, and too low a number would skip peers.

The maximum number of connected peers per torrent specifies the maximum number of peers that a BitTorrent client can connect to for any P2P exchange.

Number of upload slots per torrent specifies the maximum number of peers that your client will upload for a P2P exchange. These upload slots are sent to peers that are missing part of the download. Too low and the download speed will also be affected.

Use additional upload slots if the upload speed is <90%. Check this box for healthy uploads.

Since most of us (likely) work at speeds above 1 Mbps, the default settings are recommended for all users: one 200/50/4 Configuration for about 8 active torrents (those in section Queuing can be configured).

I don't want to set a higher number for the maximum number of active torrents and active downloads as it also increases the hard drive read / write while I am working on other tasks.

Fiddling with the settings. Torrent downloads are dependent on your bandwidth and peer network. So, there is no size for everyone. The worst that can happen is that your torrent speed will slow down, but you will get an idea of ​​what is working for your bandwidth.

8. Prioritizing certain torrents

This method is useful when you have multiple simultaneous downloads and you want to speed up one of them.It is also helpful to free some space if the maximum number of active downloads is limited.

Right click on the torrent download you want to prioritize. Go to Bandwidth Allocation and choose your priority level (ex High ).

Remember, this won't help if torrent health is poor. It doesn't help if you put all of your downloads on high priority either.

9. Update Torrent Tracker

Try updating torrent trackers and see if the number of peers and seeders increases. More peers help increase the speed. Torrent trackers do this by publicly disclosing the IP address of all peers sharing the file. Additional peers can come from other torrent trackers on the Internet. And you can add them to your current tracker list.

Right click on the active download torrent and click Update tracker . You can also find other tracker lists on the internet. Then right click on the download torrent. Go to Properties> General tab . Add the tracker URLs to the end of the existing tracker list box.

10. Use the scheduler to manage your torrent downloads

For example, let's say you want to keep the torrent running at full speed when no one in the family is using the internet. Most torrent clients also have a scheduler that allows you to set a speed limit, cancel the speed limits, just set a start value, or pause torrents at certain times of the day.

  1. Go to Options> Settings> Scheduler .
  2. Check the box for Activate the scheduler . A grid of green boxes changes from gray to green. The grid has one box per hour and covers Monday to Sunday, midnight to midnight.
  3. The labels below the grid indicate the status, which you can apply to each hour by clicking the grid boxes. For example show light green boxes limited download and upload rates. You can click the boxes to cover the specific time slots and limit your connection during those hours.

11. Get a good stock ratio

Torrents rely on the community and healthy file sharing. As a responsible member, you should give back as much as you take. A torrent client can help you do this automatically, by setting a share ratio . Promote private torrent sites a share ratio of 1: 1, which means you downloaded the exact same amount of data that you uploaded.

You can automatically stop sharing in this particular ratio. You can save bandwidth and time instead of constantly checking your uploaded share.

  1. Go to Options> Preferences> Queues> Defaults .
  2. Imagine that Minimum ratio to 100% (which corresponds to a release factor of 1: 1).
  3. Alternatively, you can use a minimal sowing time set in minutes.
  4. Specify the action when BitTorrent hits the seeding target . A value of "0" automatically stops sowing when the share ratio is reached.

12. Prevent ISPs from throttling your traffic

ISPs often limit bandwidth in order to overcome congestion peaks at certain times of the day (usually weekends and evenings). A simple setting called Protocol encryption in most torrent clients helps to override this bandwidth shaping. With protocol encryption, it is difficult, if not impossible, for ISPs to detect that the traffic is coming from BitTorrent.

Go to Options> Preferences> BitTorrent> Protocol Encryption> Enabled .

Experiment with the Enabled, Disabled, and Forced options as you might get better speeds with encryption disabled. It can also reduce the total number of available peers and even make some downloads impossible.

The BitTorrent protocol uses the RC4 encryption method, which is very weak, but sufficient to pass an in-depth packet check by ISPs. Protocol encryption won't hide your IP address either. To do this, you'll need to use a VPN that uses industry standard AES encryption to cover your tracks and route traffic through another remote server.

13. Use a VPN to stay safe

A virtual private network encrypts all your traffic, not just that of torrents. The strong AES encryption cannot be easily decrypted by your ISP or other snoops. There is also no need to change your torrent client's settings. All you have to do is install a VPN client and there are many cheap but secure VPN solutions around the world. Be sure to check out our list of the best VPNs for torrenting The Best VPN for Torrenting: ExpressVPN vs. CyberGhost vs. Mullvad The Best VPN for Torrenting: ExpressVPN vs. CyberGhost vs. Mullvad With hundreds of VPN providers out there, it can be tricky to find the right one for your needs. For torrenting, you'll want to stick with one of these. Continue reading .

A Seedbox is another alternative to bypassing torrent connection blocks 5 Ways to Bypass Torrent Connection Blocking 5 Ways to Bypass Torrent Connection Blocking ISPs (Internet Service Providers) are under pressure to block all torrenting activity. But there are still a few ways you can bypass these torrent blocking efforts and download legitimate torrents. Continue reading . These are dedicated virtual servers that are also encrypted. A seedbox manages your torrent downloads and then transfers the downloads to your computer via a normal download. We also mentioned a few seedboxes in an earlier section.

How to create and share your own torrents

There is a community behind this file sharing protocol. And it's not a one-way street. To be a true peer-to-peer member, you should be sharing your own torrents. It's easy with the help of the same torrent client you use to download any torrent.

Again, remember that this is not about legalizing illegal content. It's just a useful way to share a large digital file. The 15 Best Ways to Share Files with Anyone on the Web The 15 Best Ways to Share Files with Anyone on the Web There are many ways to share files between people and devices share. With these 15 tools, you can quickly share files without app downloads, account registrations, or cloud storage setups. Read More

  1. Open BitTorrent (or any torrent client). Look for the menu button Create New Torrent (or go to File> Create New Torrent ).
  2. The field Create a new torrent will be opened. To upload a single file, click Add file and to upload multiple files to a folder, click Add directory . Find the location of the files (or folder) to upload. Add these as your source files.
  3. Fill in the tracker Taking Torrent Properties is an important step towards completing your torrent upload. You just have to copy a list of trackers (more precisely the Announcement urls ) and these are available on some reliable websites. For example, TorrentFreak has a list of trackers that you can use. GitHub also has a regularly updated list of public trackers. Doing a Google search will bring you many more benefits.
  4. If you list more than one want, put a blank line between each URL by adding the Enter key twice to press . Check the box begin and click on Create . You cannot enable this if you do not want to sow immediately.
  5. Select the Preserve file order option if you want to preserve the folder structure for the downloaders. Don't choose that Private torrent Box (unless you are using a private tracker).
  6. Save the torrent file with a nice descriptive name. Once you save your torrent file, it will be added to your active list in BitTorrent and the status should " Seeding " or " Finished "read, if you start seeding right away.
  7. Upload the .torrent file to a tracker website like Piratebay (although the site is legally frowned upon) or a legal torrent site 11 Online Sources to Find Legal Torrents In recent events, well-known torrent directories like BTJunkie have been found When they close their doors or are threatened with closure, many people wonder about the legality of torrents and which directories are still open to find them ... Read More like Legit Torrents or GameUpdates. All tracker websites have an upload link or button. Usually they need a login to access their upload page. Please read the rules and copyright policy before uploading your .torrent file.
  8. Share the link with your family, friends, or the community.

You can also Create your own private torrent and only share it with friends and family. But this involves a few more steps and is now outside the scope of this basic beginner's guide.

Conclusion: The miracles of peer-to-peer sharing

The peer-to-peer network is growing without limits as every new player not only uses the network, but also gives something back.

Today we see how the protocol evolved into blockchain. How does Bitcoin work? How does Bitcoin work? About a year ago, when the bitcoin train was starting to pick up steam, a friend turned to me and asked, "Why can't you just copy a bitcoin?" Read More What are decentralized apps and what can they do? Everything you need to know about decentralized applications, how they relate to blockchain technology and what they can do. Continue reading . These technologies not only offer us a wealth of digital content, they are also fundamentally changing the world. As part of the crush, it is up to us to follow the rules of the game.