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!



Torrents 101: Understand How Bittorrent File Sharing Works

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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.

Read more about how torrent downloading works


Use a VPN Connection to Cloak Your File Sharing Signal

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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.

Here are some very good choices for a VPN privacy service


The Best Torrent Software

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.

Here are several torrent software products that About.com readers recommend.


Best Torrent Download Sites: How to Find Torrent Movies and Music

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.

Read about the best torrent sites for beginners here


Warning: How to Spot Fake Torrent Files

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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.

Read more about spotting fake torrent files here


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.

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