Want to watch the latest Marvel movie? Download World of Warcraft? You can do so through torrenting – BUT…
Torrenting is a method of downloading large files through a peer-to-peer (p2p) network with no centralized server. Unlike traditional downloading, which relies on a central server and has a single point of failure, torrenting allows users to connect to many different servers across the p2p network, simultaneously downloading different parts of the file at once.
There are a number of advantages to torrenting, specifically that it doesn’t rely on a single point of failure and is a fast and efficient way to download extremely large files that would normally take up a lot of bandwidth, like music or movies. It’s also free and, thanks to popular torrent sites, it’s often easy to find the download you’re looking for.
There’s a downside to torrenting, however, namely that the legality of downloading torrents is often murky. Specifically, if you’re downloading a piece of content that’s copyrighted — say, the new Deadpool — you may be accessing it illegally. Other downloads might be completely legal: for example, Blizzard Entertainment uses its own BitTorrent client to download Diablo III and other popular games.
So, how do you keep yourself safe while torrenting? To answer this question, TheBestVPN put together a beginner’s guide to safe torrenting. Check it out below to learn more about the basics of how to download torrents safely and how to use a VPN while torrenting so that you don’t get in trouble with your internet service provider — or worse.