David Balaban is a computer security researcher with over 15 years of experience in malware analysis and antivirus software evaluation. He has published his articles on such online media as Hackernoon, Tripwire, Infosecinstitute, and Cybrary.
Torrenting, or P2P file sharing, has already become very popular among internet users. Indeed, five in ten people almost every day take advantage of torrent sites to download and share web content.
- Bittorrent: Who invented? And when?
- P2P and Bittorrent: are they the same?
- What makes a good torrent tracker popular on the Internet?
- Top 7 Really Popular Torrent Trackers, 2019
- How do torrent clients work?
- Comprehensible torrenting with the most trustworthy tracker and client
- 5 best torrent search sites, 2019
- What is the most popular content for torrenting in 2019?
- Torrent websites are exposed to shutdown
- In which states torrents are restricted?
- What to do when torrent websites are blocked?
- Basic Tips for newcomers into the world of Torrent websites
- On a final note
A year or so ago certain changes related to torrenting took place. One of the prominent ones occurred when the authorities shut down KickassTorrents which was believed to be the most frequently-used torrent site. It got worse: the next modifying was not long in going. A huge torrent search engine Torrentz close down as the abovementioned KickassTorrents.
It has passed a long way before it became one of the most mainstream file-sharing technologies, and, at the same time, it is in the centre of controversial discussions related to copyright violation. In spite of the facts, millions of people make use of this file-sharing technology.
Why is it so popular among internet users? These are top 3 reasons to use torrents:
- Public torrent networks are free of charge which means people don’t have to pay for the service.
- Torrent websites are full of movies, music, games, shows, applications and other goodies.
- Torrenting is a fast way of downloading the content of any type and size.
Bittorrent: Who invented? And when?
In 2001 Bram Cohen, Python-language programmer, invented Torrent technology with the purpose of sharing it with others. Indeed, it has become very popular since 2005, and 4 years later millions of internet users shared web content with the help of this game-changing technology. Since most of the torrent files are downloaded free of ads and spyware, at fast speeds, they are getting more and more popular nowadays. By the way, bittorrenting is believed to be the most popular activity on the Internet.
P2P and Bittorrent: are they the same?
Almost everyone has heard at least one such words as P2P and bittorrent. But every user can hardly explain how they are different or in what way they are similar. If you are curious in the issue, you have the chance to find a comprehensible answer to the question. Though, it is not so really simple to distinct them as there is almost ‘’invisible’’ difference.
Both technologies are used for downloading and sharing files between internet users. All the personal computers involved into the process of sharing are collected together in the network.
When files are shared by means of bittorrent protocol, any separate file is divided into pieces or chunks and passed from several computers. The receiver gets the file piece by piece from multiple sources, which may also make use of it at the same period of time. The process becomes even faster when the content is cut into pieces and distributed by parts and not from the one host. When the content reaches the destination, all the chunks are collected together, and the user is ready to take use of it. This type of file sharing is more private as you never know where the chunks were sent from.
Read more about Bittorrent sharing in our Guide for torrent beginners.
If you pass the file by means of P2P protocol, the file won’t be distributed in parts. On the contrary, the whole file will be passed to the receiver. It means that the content is transferred between 2 computers. A real advantage of P2P is that you may have more information about the source where the content was sent from. Though, the internet connection speed is getting much slower.
What makes a good torrent tracker popular on the Internet?
If you are not a beginner in using torrent trackers, you probably know that since bittorrent technology has been invented, dozens of torrents appeared in the virtual space. All of them have similar features, but at the same time it is hard to choose between them and find the one which perfectly suits you in one or another way.
We understand that the best torrent sites should meet any particular user’s requirements, among which are torrent of extremely high quality and a fair, even huge number of seeders available.
The internet space is filled with numerous torrent trackers having similar features and content. What is more essential for torrent users when they decide on what torrent tracker is better for them? What does a common user might take into consideration taking advantage of torrent trackers?
The content is the first thing every user pay attention to when makes up his mind to take use of torrent trackers. Various torrenting websites offer different content for downloading: movies, music, games, software, books and others. The amount of the torrent material uploaded and downloaded within the websites also varies from website to website. While the torrents with the huge database may offer up to millions of files from multiple categories, the others are not so rich in torrent links. It is natural that user would select those with more torrent files to choose. That is why the torrent amount is of high value for a good torrent tracker. If a torrent tracker offers a vast choice of content, it may be hard enough to find the file you are looking for to download. The torrent tracker which allows you only to browse through the files without filtering the search, won’t be probably as popular as the one with a structured database. Most frequently-used torrent search engines arrange the file into categories and subcategories for easy browsing. One may open Movies, for instance, to search for the necessary one, or Software - if the application is in demand. Many torrent trackers allow their users to filter when they search for torrents to download.
The interface is the way of communication between a user and a system. It is always more pleasant and convenient to make use of the website if the interface is user-friendly. The usability of the website includes an eye-attracting design, but not too much colorful, a good structure of the main pages and easy-to-use navigation around the site. If the torrent website is widely-visited by torrent user, it means that they are satisfied with its interface.
The list of the top torrent trackers for the spring of 2019 include not only the ones of universal appeal, but some brand - new faces have come to the scene.
It should be noted that Legaltorrents does not justify illegal file sharing and copyright infringement.
Are you interested in the most popular torrent trackers for the current year? What are they?
We are glad to provide you with 7 really popular torrent sites. But be sure you that you download torrents via VPN services. Why? Keep on reading and you’ll know it.
Top 7 Really Popular Torrent Trackers, 2019
TPB is believed to be the oldest king of torrent trackers as it has been operating long ago. Certain torrent sites have appeared and disappeared, but TPB has gained popularity over the network. The Pirate Bay has proved its reliability by the number of TPB’s users. It has avoided various closedowns that affected similar torrent trackers. A user-friendly interface and a multiple assortment of torrents make The Pirate Bay a competent player on the torrent scene. TPB can be called an alternative successor of KickassTorrents!
Apart from numerous facilities, The Pirate Bay provides its users, the platform struggles against illegal file sharing. Thus, in the year of 2009 TPB owners supported the idea of Hans Pandeya to transform The Pirate Bay into a platform where the content providers (ordinary users) make money by means of uploading files. Rightholders would also benefit from it and will be given the piece of cake. Another fact that shows the intentions of TPB owners to work legally is the statement that the equipment of TPB service will be located on a pilotless vehicle in the neutral waters. TPB owners proposed to do it to host the Pirate Bay out of the jurisdiction of any country all over the world. These facts prove the idea that the Pirate Bay does its best to function legally around the globe.
Being added into the top 2000 of global websites according to Alexa reports, RarBG can play second fiddle after TPB. The website has been providing about 300 000 users a day with numerous torrent files and links. RarBG is considered to be one of the easiest torrent sites to operate even for non-technical individuals. The torrent tracker is fulfilled with quality media-content and would be excellent for those to enjoy torrents of high quality. Despite the fact that in some countries, such as Italy, France, the UK, Denmark, Portugal and India, RarBG is banned, there is a lifebuoy to access this torrent tracker via VPN.
It is one more torrent tracker that deserves positive remarks from its users. The number of torrents that the website contains can’t be compared to a wide range of similar torrent trackers. Every user, even the one with a sophisticated taste, will be able to find a torrent that suits him or her. The LimeTorrents’ website is not difficult for navigating with easy-to-understand configurations. The tracker’s users can benefit from fast enough speeds in comparison with numerous torrent sites lagging this prominent advantage. All in all, it is believed to be a decent representative of torrent trackers on the network.
Having been launched in 2003 as a search engine for torrent files LimeTorrents was redesigned and improved its technical characteristics in the year of 2007. LimeTorrents creators keep working on this torrent tracker on a regular basis, improving it for the users. During LimeTorrents history millions of torrent files were shared by users. Meta-search engine for torrent files is available from any single corner of the world. The process of files search is very simple as it is allowed to look for torrent files by means of two methods: keywords and filtering. To take advantage of the first way, a person is to think over keywords connected with the content he wants to find. For example, it is possible to type in the word ‘love’ to find romantic movies, or the name of a singer to find his songs. The second way is filtering. By means of LimeTorrents it is possible to apply search filters and the process of searching will satisfy even the most rigorous users. The process of file sharing by means of LimeTorrents is really beneficial and fast.
#4 YTS. ag
The next torrent tracker in our rating is going to be YTS.ag with its pros and cons. It should be noted that it possesses more advantages than disadvantages. YTS.ag torrent site offers only movies for seeding and leeching. So, if you are looking for the tracker to torrent music or games, for example, you will have to benefit from another torrent tracker. As YTS.ag is specialized in film torrents, it can provide its users with a rich number of movies accessible. Its happy users also have a good opportunity to choose the quality of movies they torrent: 720p, 1080 and 3D. As far as the interface of YTS.ag is concerned, it is so magnificent that one can’t take eyes off. Thus, the YTS.ag is a perfect torrent tracker for film-lovers.
The description of a movie together with its trailer will help to choose the most appropriate for a user product of modern cinematography. Movies on this website are accompanied by a synopsis, director, starring actors and actresses, runtime, comments to a movie and some technical information. Torrent tracker YTS operates since 2015 on the basis of YTS.to website. Nevertheless, it is not the same but a copycat of the former popular website YTS.to. This torrent tracker is used for peer-to-peer file sharing among movie connoisseurs. Among the most profitable peculiarities of this website is the facility to exchange torrent files of tiny size. YTS functions on the basis of EZTV website (website for torrenting TV shows) so many users are erroneous to assume that YTS.to contains only TV shows for torrenting. Thus, some users prefer not to use it for torrenting. But those who gave preference to YTS.to benefit from the high quality of numerous movies and TV shows.
#5 TORRENTPROJECT currently unavailable
Though the interface of TORRENTPROJECT does not seem to be as impressive as of the torrent websites mentioned above, the tracker may appeal by a number of torrents it offers. One may download not only movies but also games, applications, music, and other pretty useful torrent files. There are nearly 10 million torrents in the TORRENTPROJECT database. Besides, it would not be difficult for a torrent beginner to operate on the website, as the search engine is simple. It is worth taking advantage of TORRENTPROJECT tracker.
Being a torrent search engine TORRENTPROJECT verifies data from over three hundred websites for torrenting files, among them are The Pirate Bay, RarBG and others. The database of TORRENTPROJECT gets renewed daily, new torrent files appear, while those with ‘zero’ seeders are deleted. This technology allows providing TORRENTPROJECT users with files of current importance. The application programming interface of this website serves to make navigation more understandable for a naive user. Moreover, the creators of TORRENTPROJECT managed to improve the speed by means of trackers compilation.
TORRENTPROJECT website succeeds in renowned search engines for torrent files Torrentz and KickassTorrents. TORRENTPROJECT allows anonymous peer-to-peer file sharing which separates it from a number of unsafe torrent trackers as anonymity in this sphere gains its popularity. All in all with TORRENTPROGECT you will experience really fast downloading of captivating movies and famous TV shows.
Our number 6 in the rating is 1337x. After a serious adaptation of the website, its traffic has been increased a lot. To make use of 1337x, you will have to register on the website. The registration process is not complicated, you just need to create a username, strong password and provide any e-mail you currently use. The number of torrent categories may impress its users. Among commonly-offered movies, one may find such sorts of torrents as television, games, anime, documentaries, and others. 1337x has a great brand-new interface that contributes to easy torrenting.
1337x is among the most frequently used websites for torrenting. It impresses users by its library, easy interface and speed, but the weak point of this torrent tracker is that it is available only in four countries of the world: the UK, Canada, Japan, and Singapore. The Google search engine doesn’t show this website. That is why 1337x takes only the sixth position of our rating. In spite of these facts, 1337x becomes more and more popular during the last two years, when KickassTorrent ceased to exist.
Nowadays, 1337x is recognized as the best alternative for KickassTorrent. Torrent files on this website are accompanied by the information on seeders, leeches, duration, size, and uploaders.
All pluses of 1337x overshadow the weak points of the website, making it trendy among computer users.
The last but not the least in our list of popular torrent trackers is Torrent Downloads. What we’d like to notify that browsing the website is a great pleasure because of the user-friendly structure. The developers have thought through any detail of the website. Creditable interface! One may appreciate its rich database of quality torrents. A great number of torrent categories are viewed on the Torrent Downloads website. Though it has appeared on the torrent scene not long ago, it is worth giving a chance to become one of the most popular torrent sites. Still, it is actively blocked in a number of countries, but the boundaries can be bypassed with VPN connecting.
In this case TV shows, movies, music, games, software, anime, books and other files for successful torrenting will be at users’ disposal. For a long period of time Torrent Downloads was first-rate media player among torrent lovers and it continues to confirm this status uploading the latest products of contemporary cinematography, TV shows, X-box games and so on. The list of Torrent Download advantages is huge and it is possible to estimate its work to the full extent only after its use. Once trying, it will be not an easy task to stop using it. Torrent Downloads attracts the users by refreshing torrent files on a regular basis, interface comprehensible for an average user and the facility to identify the speed of downloading a file (with the help of information about a file). To conclude, Torrent Download is in our rating not accidentally, as it gives users unlimited facilities in torrenting.
Torrents are a great way to download quite large files like movies, TV shows and games. They turn user’s computer into part of a network where digital data is shared as it is downloaded, so while a user is downloading content from other netizens he is also helping others to receive the bits he has already got. This is a way to receive huge files relatively fast and reliably.
Beyond all doubts, torrent files are incredibly useful, but in order to use them, internet surfers should install the right software called torrent clients.
How do torrent clients work?
Torrent clients are computer programs designed for P2P file-sharing using BitTorrent protocol. The protocol controls file transfer among peers connected in a swarm. Torrent clients allow users to exchange information as a peer in one and even more swarms.
There are dozens of torrent clients on the Internet to download and install, many of them are open-sources, while the others are freeware, adware or shareware.
Leading P2P public file-sharing software in 2018
The BitTorrent company has established P2P file-sharing protocol that bears its name and designed its own client with wed-based seeding, user comments, and content overview.
The interface and feature set of BitTorrent clients remind uTorrent, that is because they are near-identical pieces of software. What is more, BitTorrent has purchased uTorrent and used it as the basis of its official program.
However, even though the clients are supplied with identical functionality, there is a fine line between them. BitTorrent allows for using private trackers that do not provide by the uTorrent client.
The free BitTorrent client is feature-packed, while the premium package removes ads, allows for streaming playback of files being downloaded and is supplied with some extra features such as virus scanning and file format conversion.
uTorrent has been designed in 2005 and since is one of the most widely used clients for free. The client supports ads and requires careful installation from reliable web resources.
The internet community prefers this torrent client for its usability and effective operation, which is extremely easy to set up and offers various configuration and performance options. Having subscribed for a premium version, users receive ad-free software with additional features including HD streaming and virus scanning.
When some torrent clients are provided with every conceivable configuration, the others keep things as simple as possible. qBittorent gets in the middle, being designed for meeting the needs of average costumers while operating with as little CPY and memory as possible. In such a manner, the client is featured as the lightweight and open source software with crapware-free installation.
qBittorent is an ad-free equivalent to uTorrent. The client is also supplied with an integrated search engine, media player, data encryption, IP filtering.
Deluge is another open-source and cross-platform BitTorrent software. It is known as the oldest torrent client, but also as the most lightweight one. As compared with qBittorrent, Deluge is built on a plug-in system to provide advanced features users need.
Deluge relies on a client-server architecture that allows for running as a daemon or service in the background. In other words, the client can be running on a remote system and managing via user’s desktop. So, the client functions like a usual desktop application by default.
The client is completely free and provides such useful features as encrypted downloading, private torrenting, password protection, bandwidth scheduling and throttling, proxy and third-party plug-ins support.
The software-company has developed two clients for their customers: the full-fledged Vuze and Vuze Leap. Both apps come up with torrent downloading, media playback, while also supporting magnet file links.
Vuze is an all-in-one torrent client and media management program that is also improved with torrent files searching, built-in HD playback and media trans-coding for various consoles and devices. Besides, the developments have added up-to-date features to the Vuze client such as supporting of the new WebTorrent protocol.
Vuze Leap is a leaner version of the Vuze client, which is focused on torrent searching, download managing and minor media playback. The client has extremely limited configuration possibilities that are usually preferred by not tech-savvy internet users.
This is a relatively new torrent client that is featured with a user-friendly interface, port forwarding, magnet links support, IP filtering, event scheduling and quick installation.
Tribler is well known for adding a security layer to the fast but public BitTorrent network by routing both seeding and downloading traffic via proxies reminding the Tor network operation. Apart from the privacy features, Tribler offers torrents searching and a media player that supports streaming of downloaded files.
BitLord users are provided with a possibility to download torrent files from the web through a simple user-friendly client. It also includes a torrent search engine, built-in video player and makes it possible to stream media files to an Apple TV or Chromecast.
BitComet is a stable and reliable torrent client that definitely meets all users’ requirements. The software operates with magnet links, P2P file sharing and bandwidth management settings.
Comprehensible torrenting with the most trustworthy tracker and client
People know lots of variants to download media via the Internet, but torrenting is considered to be the most popular for over 10 years. Torrenting gains its popularity driving out streaming platforms step by step as it provides people with free products of high quality.
To download a cherished movie a user is to follow several easy steps, which are described below. These tips will definitely simplify the process of torrenting on your PC.
The first thing one should do is to find a reliable torrent tracker. Tracker is a server which allows exchanging files by means of P2P system. To make the right choice it is necessary to learn more about them. To begin with, there are two variants of torrent trackers: open and private. Open (or public) torrent trackers are available for any person on the Internet. They are free and a user will not face difficulties to access them. As for private trackers, they are not accessible for everyone. To start using private tracker it is necessary to ‘be invited’ by a private tracker user. What is more private trackers are called so not by chance as they can regulate their users.
The next step is to choose a torrent client. All the clients for torrenting are known under a general name BitTorrent as they use BitTorrent protocol for file sharing.
As an example we decided to use BitTorrent client. Visit the official website of BitTorrent client and download it there.
The process of downloading and installation doesn’t take up much time.
After downloading BitTorrent client it is high time to look for a desired file. We have chosen The Pirate Bay for this purpose. Type in a necessary combination into an entry line and tick off near the category.
Then you will see the search results for your request.
Now it is requisite to download a torrent. To turn aside problems with quality we recommend users to download the most popular torrent files. To identify such torrents, pay attention to the files with a big number of seeders.
The number of leechers influences the speed as a leecher is a person who managed to download the torrenting file but didn’t share it by means of P2P yet. In this connection you will experience a good speed for torrenting.
Prefer the torrent files of big size. It is essential for both video and audio files. Reading users’ comment will also help you to identify the quality of the file you are about to download.
Use magnet links to download necessary torrent files, which simplify the process of their downloading.
This step is of high importance as downloaded files sometimes contain malicious software and viruses. In this regard it is required to scan the torrent files by means of an antivirus system installed on a device.
- After successful downloading a torrent file on your device it is necessary not to exit the client. The reason for it is your status. Having downloaded a file, a user becomes a seeder. This status makes the files one has downloaded available for other users of this BitTorrent client. Thus, it is recommended to seed at least for some period of time in order for other users could download the same file.
- Try to upload as many files as you download. It makes your speed faster. In case you want only to download, the process of downloading will be extremely time-consuming.
- Torrent client developers also advise to run the client as a background as it doesn’t influence your Internet activity. It is connected with the fact that the speed of uploading is usually slower than the speed of downloading. In this connection it is essential not to exit the client in order other seeders could download the files.
- Don’t start using files until the process of downloading is finished. It may lead to problems with play after the downloading. In other words, it is forbidden to start watching a movie or listening to a song if half of its data is downloaded (many people like to do it).
- Some people prefer storing torrent files on DVD because of the limited free space on a hard drive of a device. In this connection, one more very essential rule is not to delete files one has downloaded as after such actions you stop being a seeder and the file will not be available for other users.
- Sometimes it happens that even such featured torrent trackers as The Pirate Bay lack some files. A good way-out will be to add to the torrent client more torrent websites dealing with torrenting.
To sum up, it is vivid that the combination of the best torrent tracker The Pirate Bay and the most powerful torrent client BitTorrent is a great way to download successfully from the network. The only difficulty one can face is malware. Therefore it is indispensable to undertake precautions to prevent it. First of all pay attention to the information about torrenting files and comments of users who have already tested these files. Also, it is possible to use a VPN to block the downloading malware and viruses. In this case, a user doesn’t have to pay attention to comments and other information about a torrenting file. Thus, the process of torrenting will not take up much time and energy.
Top Really Popular films, 2019
5 best torrent search sites, 2019
Torrent search engines are becoming as popular as torrent sites. They are like linking parts between the torrent sites that exist in the virtual space. They help users in torrent search and make it easier to find a necessary torrent within the suggested alternatives.
It is dead obvious that torrent search engines are of vital importance and gain increasing popularity. Here you can find 5 top torrent search engines for 2019:
Torrentz is a decent representative among the ‘’army’’ of huge torrent search engines. The service attracts potential visitors because of its simple and user-friendly interface. One won’t have any difficulties with searching for torrents. Torrentz, like many other torrent search engines, consolidates the links to torrents from various pirate sites. Unfortunately, it is currently unavailable for use. Nevertheless, the followers of Torrentz hope that it will restart its work again. We hope so as well!
Toorgle definitely deserves the second position after Torrentz. The torrent search engine allows you to search torrents from more than 450 torrent sites without browsing them all on the network. You simply need to enter the title you would like to find and get a wide range of search results at one place. Isn’t it comfortable? What is more Toorgle has an easy-to-use interface without annoying details that can be on some other less popular torrent search engines.
Another representative of torrent search engines is iDope, and it is ranked to be on the third position owing to its stylish interface (to be honest, it reminds Google a little) and the opportunities it gives to its visitors. iDope provides direct magnet links to torrents and mainstream comments. Recent and most popular torrent links can be viewed on separate pages. A combination of design and torrent search characteristics makes it an excellent torrent search engine.
The aim of Skytorrents is privacy and no-tracking policy and non-advertising, which is quite important for torrent users. As far as its interface is concerned it is fairly usable and convenient for search. In comparison with the other torrent search engines, it offers not only torrent links, but one can view torrent statistics and positive or negative comments upon the torrents.
The last, but not the least in our rating of torrent search engines is Seedpeer. It has been known as Meganova first, but the name was changed into Seedpeer. It proposes verified torrent links for any kind of them in a special section on the website. One may search whether in the search on the main page or browse in categories. A pleasant design and good opportunities are the key features for being popular among torrent search engines.
Torrents are downloaded by millions of people. It is a widespread activity of sharing legal things by means of peer-to-peer file-sharing.
The act of file-sharing is legal in its nature, but as for the files the situation is not so evident. From time to time, copyright-protected products are loaded by means of torrent technology. And it is uneasy to identify what kind of material you download: legal or not.
Fortunately, nowadays there are services that allow being protected against possible troubles connected with torrenting. These services are called VPNs – Virtual Private Networks.
These networks are used to hide users from ISP and make your torrenting anonymous.
What facilities will you possess using the best VPN for torrenting?
There is no doubt, that the functions of VPNs for torrenting can hardly be overestimated. They are great helpers for torrent lovers.
If you still don’t know why, read the reasons:
- Access to top torrent sites.
Torrent sites undergo shutdowns from time to time. The well-known example is ExtraTorrent shutdown at the end of the spring 2017. Thus, it may happen that your favorite torrent site doesn’t function anymore. And you are to find the alternatives to it. VPNs simplify this process, as they allow visiting any torrent site you like.
- No fines, no penalties.
As user’s IP-address is masked, the local authorities will never find him. Moreover, they will never know who is that person torrenting the last episode of ‘The Game of Thrones’ or the last album of ‘Sting’.
How to torrent music?
The overwhelming majority of internet users are in low spirits because of the limited access to music. Some years ago it wasn’t a problem to listen to the song online or download it on the net. Not long ago, it was even possible to create a playlist of your favorite songs and download them directly from your page in a social network. But currently it is a problem.
The number of music torrents decreased by 11% in the United Kingdom, for example, as compared to the year of 2012. But on a global scale the figures are even more impressive.
Apart from the limited number of services to listen to music online, it is possible to infect your device with the malware while trying to load an album or a song. It was always the reason to torrent music files instead of downloading them from streaming sites.
The torrent sites used to load audio files by means of BitTorrent technology undergo the shutdowns regularly.
Besides, search engines like Google simply don’t show the results with the possible music torrents sites. So, people don’t know what sites do exist. In this case one may use torrent search engines. But it’s necessary to know their domain.
But how to music it if you are a beginner in torrenting? The answer to this question you’ll find here.
What is the most popular content for torrenting in 2019?
Most internet users never think about the war raging to keep copyrighted content off the global network. Nevertheless, file-sharing websites have grown more popular since 2011, thus makingthefurther struggle with torrent sites harder.
BitTorrent is one of the most popular torrenting sites that allow visitors to download and watch desired content free of charge. The ability to watch, listen, read and use anything you like on the Internet for free has become a norm that average netizens are unpleasantly surprised if they can’t find the desired material that they are searching for.
Many people considered torrenting just a serious problem the online community has faced. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop them from downloading necessary content via torrent clients and use it for personal purposes. The following results will show you the most popular torrent files that are downloaded over the past few years.
The most popular downloaded albums and MP3 singles in 2019
The rise of media streaming services such as Spotify or Pandora has changed the way people listen to music over the past few years. Nevertheless, the music industry continues to suffer from stream ripping that means saving MP3 singles while streaming them.
Just a few years ago, downloading music from torrent websites was the most common way of the file recording. Nowadays, netizens prefer to use YouTube or similar platforms that offer multiple MP3 files to suit all tastes. The graph below indicates the globaldownward trend in use of torrent websites while downloading audio files.
The most popular online services used to download or stream music in 2019
Torrent websites are exposed to shutdown
It is not a secret that the websites aimed at file sharing are down from time to time. Thus, a user can start downloading but not manage to finish it because of an unexpected shutdown. Nobody knows what torrent tracker or torrent search engine will be closed tomorrow. It is impossible to guess beforehand. The reasons of such shutdowns stay unexposed for users. We know that torrent websites operate legally, otherwise, they wouldn’t exist, so why are they closed periodically?
The reasons to fold torrenting websites
We may only suspect why this or that torrenting website was closed as their owners don’t give any explanations. Having studied some material we can come to the conclusion, that the reasons may be the following:
We are saddened by the fact that money runs the world. But it is true even in the sphere of torrenting. Torrenting is a barrier for streaming platforms to earn money. There are a lot of websites like Netflix, Pandora or hulu, which supply people all over the world with the entertaining content. To get access to the libraries of such websites it is obligatory to subscribe and pay. Let us have a look at plans for such platforms.
Copyright-protected products are available on some torrent trackers, but not all the material downloading and uploading by means of torrenting is pirate. That is why a user is to be very attentive while file sharing with the help of torrenting. Moreover, the protectors of websites for file sharing state that such platforms don’t break the law of Digital Millennium Copyright.(Hulu plans)
From these tables, it is vividly seen that the more a person pays, the more functions are available. In this connection, free torrent websites are the major threat for these paid platforms as they offer the same content for free. This is the reason why they are closed at regular intervals. Until people are ready to pay for streaming services, the problems with torrenting will be of current importance.
The content of some websites for torrenting doesn’t correspond to the policy of particular districts. In this case, the torrent platform will be closed (only in case if it is hosted on the territory of a country with such policy). For example, German websites don’t contain any information about national socialists (Nazi). That is why any torrenting website that gives access to the videos or TV shows about Nazi will be closed in the near future.
Copyright-protected products are available on some torrent trackers, but not all the material downloading and uploading by means of torrenting is pirate. That is why a user is to be very attentive while file sharing with the help of torrenting. Moreover, the protectors of websites for file sharing state that such platforms don’t break the law of Digital Millennium Copyright.
People tend to complain about the weather, traffic jams, escalating prices and to everybody's surprise torrenting. Therefore one of the reasons to stop the existence of a torrent tracker or a torrent search engine is user’s complaint.
These reasons are not presented on torrenting websites as official ones after their shutdowns, but they really lead to folding torrenting sites.
How do they come to the conclusion to close the website?
The decision to shut down this or that website targeted at a reliable peer-to-peer file sharing is connected with the complaints from users. There is no such service responsible for torrent trackers and torrent search engine identification. Therefore, the sites are closed by the government after a complaint. The mechanism of the shutdown is the following: after a user’s complaint is accepted, the government blocks access to torrenting website domain names. After such actions, a user sees the note “err_name_not_reserved”. The real reason is not announced, but we know what can lead to it.
Shutdown of torrent websites
The Internet users point out that torrent search engines and torrent trackers are closed from time to time. But the authorities can’t close all existing torrent websites as the majority of them don’t distribute copyright-protected products, but offer magnet links, which allow torrenting.
Among the websites provided the Internet users with torrents for years were kat.cr and torrentz.eu.
Kat.cr better-known as Kickass Torrents (torrent search engine) was launched in 2008 and functioned until 2016 when its owner ArtyomVaulin was arrested. To overcome the difficulties connected with website shutdown, torrent websites owners use other domain names and the platform continues working. In such a way, kat.cr has an alternative katcr.co, which even looks the same. Torrentz.eu was also closed one year ago without any explanations. Everything Torrentz developers left was the note “Torrentz will always love you. Farewell” on its main page. Torrentz users are still in the hope of the platform coming back. To continue the existence torrent websites change their domain names from time to time. When the government blocks access to the domain, torrent website owners create another one, similar to its previous. Sometimes domain names differ only in one or two letters. And this couple of letters becomes salutary. What is more, it is not difficult to find the torrenting website even without knowing of its new domain.
Best alternatives for closed torrenting sites
To keep torrenting it is possible to use alternatives for closed websites. The Pirate Bay is supposed to be among the best alternatives for a great number of closed torrenting platforms because of its numerous facilities, unlimited content and legal nature. Torrent supporters are convinced that they will never suffer from The Pirate Bay shutdown. This website withstood the test of time and now causes joy to those who like to watch movies online free.
In which states torrents are restricted?
Nowadays, laws are changing dramatically targeting to maintain the balance between corporate interests and constant development of filesharing technologies. Some governments update previously adopted rules of copyright infringement, the others trying to make strides towards defining them. Nevertheless, there are nations that allow for downloading digital files for personal usage without fear of being penalized.
Thus, every nation has a personal legal framework with respect to the implementation of copyright laws. Such influential states, like the USA, the UK and Australia are aimed at adopting a codified legal mechanism to counter the threat posed by torrenting. Meanwhile, the Nordic countries have strict anti-piracy laws.
As practice shows, torrenting may be illegal in a country, while the other nations fully recognize this method of filesharing. In such a manner, the legality of torrenting depends on the jurisdiction of a particular state.
- The United States
The American government and copyright holders have the right to ask for court orders against websites that are found to enable or facilitate internet piracy. The rule also applies to the web resources that contain information about how to access blocked websites.
In addition, any internet user found guilty of streaming copyrighted content without permission more than 10 times within half a year could face imprisonment for up to 5 years.
Canada has adopted the law about data logging and IPS monitoring in January 2015. The Copyright Modernization Act has made torrent fans thinking whether it’s time to refuse to download content from torrent websites. This is because the Act requires IPS to send notifications to users whose IPs have been identified by copyright holders for perceived violations. For this reason, you’d better use torrents via VPN in Canada.
- The United Kingdom
The anti-piracy law is based on the Digital Economy Act, which was adopted in 2010 and has been changed a number of times. The main provision concerns a letter-writing campaign targeting netizens identified as illegal downloaders.
The warning letters inform about ceasing illegal activity, but not demanding for fines or threatening disconnection.
The Irish ISPs are able to disconnect customers suspected in copyright infringement on P2P file-sharing networks. Subscribers receive warning messages or phone calls requesting to prevent illegal internet activity. If users are identified for a third time, they are disconnected up to a period of 7 days. In case if they are caught for a fourth time, they are barred from connecting to the global network for a year.
The German government has outlawed the file-sharing activity and affirms financial penalties of from €1,000 to more only for one copyrighted file downloading through BitTorrent.
In this EU country, torrent users are sent a warning email and, in the case if it’s not helping, a judge can impose a fine or suspend their access to the Internet.
The Italian ISPs have a right to disconnect their customers after receiving a single notice. They can also keep a list of all copyright offenders to make sure they will not re-offend.
Under the country’s law, copyright holders are able to report websites offering illegal content for their visitors. Considering the report, the intellectual property commission decides whether or not it should take action against the law-breaking website or the ISP hosting it. In the worst-case scenario the site will be shut down within 10 days.
- New Zealand
According to the state’s copyright infringing file-sharing act, which was adopted in September, 2011, any user caught sharing copyrighted material on the Internet is sent a warning letter via the ISP. After receiving a third notice, offenders can be disconnected and fined up to $15,000.
China is known around the whole world as a country that keeps up with the most comprehensive and extensive concepts of monitoring web activity and censoring information. The government not only restricts access to popular social media resources but also requires file sharing websites to operate under the complete political control.
According to the domestic laws, websites that violate any regulations will be sentenced to ban from providing video content for a period of five years. One of the examples is BTChina shutdown, that was the most used file sharing service in China. The State Administration of Radio Film and Television has accused BTChina of not being licensed to legally distribute media files. In such a way, Chinese citizens have been deprived of the primary file-sharing website that affected the lives of many netizens in China.
- Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
ACTA was adopted to improve the enforcement of intellectual property rights. Its main aim is to manage international standards and establish strict preventive measures including possible fines and imprisonment.
The agreement was signed by 22 EU member states, the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, South Korea and Morocco.
Online file-sharing has gained an enviable popularity in the internet community since broadband speeds have become globally accessible. The development of P2P technologies has modified the commonly used strategies in media distribution. Nevertheless, BitTorrent customers have faced an increasing impact of content owners and public officials trying to suspend torrenting. Several countries are successful in adopting or modifying copyright laws, however, downloading digital content for personal usage is not a crime.
What to do when torrent websites are blocked?
In spite of torrent websites being in great demand among internet surfers, various countries tend to block access to them. For this reason, you may encounter certain troubles with accessing such popular torrents like The Pirate Bay or Demonoid in some countries. Fortunately, there are unblocking instruments that still really work, though sometimes it is not an easy task to perform in countries with severe censorship, like China or Pakistan.
What is Tor?
Tor was first developed by the US Navy as the network of multiple servers for anonymous internet surfing. At present it is not commercially motivated agency that is aimed at researching of the instruments for online privacy.
The Tor instrument fakes your authentic identification by transferring your data traffic through numerous sever before it gets to the receiver. This helps you not to be traced where the traffic was initially sent from.
In order to hide you identification through Tor, you simply need to set up a Tor browser. When you start your online torrent activity, any information that goes through Tor servers is encrypted without any additional setting from the users. Although, the traffic is passed via several sever, one may notice that the internet connection slows down.
Why to torrent with Tor?
As the main purpose of Tor is users’ anonymity on the network, it would be the simplest method to disguise your real identity and unblock torrent websites censored in your country. There is good news that Tor is a free tool. Of course, it is not as perfect as you would expect, but it is worth trying and having it at hand. Still, you should understand what Tor can’t and doesn’t do. It makes anonymous, but not completely secure. You may access blocked websites, whereas you stay rather vulnerable to hacking in to the Tor browser. So, if you care more about anonymity, rather than security, Tor is at disposal to unblock torrents.
What is Proxy?
Another tool for unblocking torrents and anonymous surfing might be Proxy. The principle of Proxy’s work is that it lets you torrent under a different IP address. As you know, an IP address of a user can be identified with ease that is why you will not be able to access any blocked in your country torrent tracker trying to open it under your real IP.
To change your IP address don’t need to look for another ISP or move into a foreign country. It is quite simple to achieve with Proxy. You may find free of charge proxies available on the network. The only difficulty with Proxy is that you need to perform a lot of manual configurations. In case you are an average user and not an advanced one, you might encounter certain difficulties with them.
How Proxy works to unblock torrents
- Proxy servers are network’s computers that relay users’ traffic. Have a look at what it really means:
- Without connecting via Proxy, your IP address is identified by the Internet Service Provider after you type in the name of the website you would like to visit.
- With Proxy connections your authentic IP is relayed
- Enabling Proxy connection, first your request is passed to your ISP (as always), then it is redirected to the proxy server, and only after this to the website or service you would like to open.
In such a way your IP address is masked and you are able to pretend to be from another country where the torrent tracker is accessible.
What is VPN?
For the last years, Virtual Private Networks have broadened the application field. Internet users make good use of VPNs all over the virtual space. They are applied to keep anonymity, privacy and security. Besides, they are now compatible with all major platforms, so you can easily find top-rated VPNs for Android or other platforms.
How VPN works
There are three main principles of VPNs:
Firstly, VPN makes your private on the network which stands for the following: no one can have a sneaky peek at your online activity.
Secondly, within Virtual Private Network you become anonymous because your IP address is camouflaged as you connect vie a VPN server.
Thirdly, it keeps you protected by means of data encrypting protocols (the traffic is codified when it goes through the web).
How VPN unblocks torrent trackers
As it was written above, VPN (like Tor and Proxy) suggests faking of users’ IP addresses by connections via specially offered servers in almost every possible region (for instance, you can find even the best VPN for Australia with servers located there or a VPN in the UAE). With this feature, any torrent user can reach the restricted tracker by altering his or her identity into the one from another region.
Why is VPN believed to be better than Tor or Proxy?
Except for IP changing, VPN offers data encrypting methods that are far stronger and more advanced in comparison with Tor and Proxy. Moreover, internet connections are faster than via Tor, for instance, which is extremely prominent for downloading torrent content.
What is Seedbox?
It is quite new in the world of torrents and represents a kind of remote server with a public IP address that is applied for secure uploading and downloading of files. Moreover, Seedbox ensures torrenting at ultra-fast speeds. Those users that have access to Seedbox are able to download content in an anonymous way. In plain words, you are often a part of the computer for performing anonymous torrenting.
Goodies of Seedbox
- The chance to download fast
With Seedbox you are able to download torrent at extremely high speeds. Though. It is worth mentioning that you have to download the content from the seedbox computer, and the speed will depend on your home internet.
As Seedboxes are located remotely, you may be concerned about warning letters from third party agencies. You become less vulnerable to being tracked and targeted.
- Bypassing ISP’s interfering
You may avoid your ISP throttling torrent traffic from your home computer. Seedbox helps to bypass it by not torrenting from your computer. ISPs might even block access to torrent websites, but with Seedbox it becomes real to download torrents from there.
Streaming. Pros and contras
Until the Internet environment is full of video, music, books, and software there will be people ready to use it in different ways. There are two main methods to access these files: streaming and torrenting. They both provide us with content for entertainment, but function in different ways. Let us study the process of streaming in detail.
The notion streaming appeared in the early 1990s when the first streaming products were offered to the public. Streaming is described as a technology for delivering video and audio material via the Internet by means of numerous gadgets: smartphones, tablets, PCs, laptops, smart TVs, etc. Up-to-date technologies allow watching a video and listening to audio recordings straightway (in case the speed is fast enough).
Streaming is well-known as a ‘background’ for torrenting but it functions differently. While streaming video or audio files are not kept on the hard drive of your device. Thus, there is no need to store T-bytes of files on your device to get access to your favourite movies.
When the files are not downloaded on a device it is impossible to undergo a device malicious software or viruses which can attack your device while the process of downloading. Specialists point out that even having downloaded one song from the network it is possible to ‘lose’ a device forever. Besides, after downloading a couple of files on a computer or other devices connected to the Internet, downloaded malware can function on these devices for years without being revealed. Such viruses are very dangerous, as it is unknown what exactlythey target at.
A great advantage of streaming that marks out it among other ways of watching videos via the Internet is its legal nature. Without any doubt the streaming by means of paid platforms is absolutely legal, as such websites enter into agreements with the rightholders to broadcast their products. Among such platforms are Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, etc. The table below reflects the preferences of Americans in the sources for streaming.
In such a way a user will not be subjected to a crime connected with copyright-protected products. Nevertheless, there are also free websites for streaming video. Their activity is legal as well, but in this case, it is necessary to be very selective while choosing films to watch.
Real-time watching video is available on numerous platforms such as 123movies, Putlocker, KissAnime, etc. They are so popular because of their affordability, people should not pay for them. 123movies is among the most featured platforms for streaming TV products online. There one can find TV series, shows, movies shot in different countries around the globe, over twenty genres are presented on 123movies. The navigation of the website is really easy and allows finding a necessary video in a couple of clicks. Putlocker is a good alternative to 123movies as it also possesses a great library of videos. Furthermore, Putlocker provides its users with games, which makes this platform attractive among gamers. KissAnime is also a free website for streaming video. KissAnime specializes in anime cartoons of different genres.
If you have chosen streaming it is necessary to see a reliable and fast Internet connection in order to avoid pauses while the process of watching a TV show or a film. Standard videos require a speed of 2 Mb a second, as for HD videos the speed of Internet connection should be no less than 5 Mb a second.
- Live streaming
Live streaming is a sort of streaming with the purpose of watching TV content online. It is impossible to make a pause or stop it. In other words, live streaming is used while broadcasting TV programs. This way of streaming media is also very popular among modern people, as it provides its users with high-quality video materials legally. Everything a user is to do is to pay monthly for a subscription and switch on a TV-set. Live streaming is the first way to watch a video.
- Games and software streaming
Previously, it was possible to stream only video and audio material, but in due course game and software streaming became possible as well. Innovative technologies introduced by Apple Inc. simplify the process of games and application downloading. Thus, now it is necessary to download the initial version of a game, for example, and new levels will be downloaded automatically when it will become necessary. This technology allows using the free space of a device hard drive sparingly. (Don't forget to use the best VPN for Mac when you download game torrents.)
- Possible troubles
As it was already touched upon briefly, the speed of the Internet connection can affect the process of streaming negatively. As long as the Internet connection is unstable in some regions, a person can experience pauses while watching a video or a TV show. What is more, having managed to stream only half of a song (before the drop of the Internet connection) it will be impossible to listen to it till the end. The table below illustrates the main pluses and minuses of streaming.
Torrenting allows Internet users to download files very fast, which makes the preparation for watching a movie or a TV show, for example, not time-consuming. Torrent technology separates torrent files into several pieces to increase the process of downloading. One more bonus a user gets having chosen torrenting is the possibility to keep downloaded files as long as he wants. As time goes by, some content disappears and becomes unavailable even on the Internet. In this case, torrenting allows sharing such files.
To prevent problems with the law it is strongly recommended to be extremely selective while looking for movies, music, TV shows and other content for streaming or torrenting. Avoid pirated content as it is illegal and may ruin your reputation as a law-abiding citizen. It is obvious that you will not see the note ‘pirated’ in the description to a video, but you can protect yourself by means of a VPN, for example, AirVPN and others.
It is worth emphasizing that we not warrant any illegitimate sharing of copyrighted material or copyright violation. On the one hand, P2P or bittorrent file-sharing is legitimate, but on the other hand, one may encounter copyrighted files within such networks. If you happen to upload such kind of material in the USA or the UK at least, you will risk coming before the court. Copyright infringement lawsuits are more often collective actions built against a group of people who share copyrighted content. Nevertheless, there are cases of individual actions, and they really do take place. No matter how successful they are, they take precious time and money.
What is more, Internet Service Providers may be obliged to the history of their users’ downloads or even to reveal the data to the initiating party in such lawsuits.
On a final note
As you can see, the world of torrenting is amazing, but it seems to be rather controversial due to certain obvious reasons. Once you decide to be involved in torrent file-sharing, you should understand both sides of it.
On the one hand, you have great opportunities for free downloading of almost any content you may ever look for. On the other hand, torrent users are fairly vulnerable to risks connected with occasional downloading of copyrighted material.
There are a lot of discussions on the topic of legality of torrenting in various countries, and many of them constantly try to stop or block torrent activities. Still, certain instruments for bypassing restrictions have been developed (though not all of them work in every country). In spite of this, one can find a VPN or Proxy that still really works.