Welcome to the exciting world of bittorrent downloading! While file sharing is controversial and often accused of being ‘music piracy’, millions of users continue to share their files, and thousands of new torrent users are added every day.
To get you started, here are 5 quick tutorials for beginning torrent users. We recommend that you read the following articles in order. We also recommend that you install reliable antivirus software before you actually start downloading.
Happy reading, and enjoy your new torrent download experience!
If you are new to torrent downloading, then you will definitely want to read about how the system works. Torrents, aka ‘bittorrents’, are pointer files that help you locate dozens of other users’ computers. You then connect to those private computers with your special torrent software, and copy their music and movie files to your own computer.
Use a VPN Connection to Cloak Your File Sharing Signal
By subscribing to a virtual private network service, you can mask your connection and identity as you share files. Your VPN connection will cipher your connection so that eavesdroppers will only see illegible data when they try to view your downloads. Simultaneously, a VPN will bounce your signal off multiple servers, making your physically very difficult to trace.
Torrent downloading requires special software that can read .torrent files. These torrent software products also need to provide management control over download and upload speeds, priorities, and cataloging.
Once you understand torrent ‘swarming’ and have the torrent software installed, now it’s time to find the .torrent pointer files that get you the music and movies you want. Many torrent sites offer searching services for free (but with the annoyance of banner advertising). Some torrent sites are private communities that closely guard their catalog of torrents.
Sadly, there are vandals, thieves, and scammers out there who will 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. RAR files, WMV files, password-protected files: these are just some of the ways torrent files are faked.
Protect Yourself from Bad Torrents with Antivirus
There are many good antivirus products to choose from. But when it comes to free antivirus tools, there is one product that really stands out: Avira. In repeated tests by several computer professionals, Avira consistently caught more malware infections than its competition.