The Best Ways to Torrent

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The Best Ways to Torrent
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Using a BitTorrent client is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to share and download free and paid content of all types, including audio, video, software and more. Torrenting successfully includes finding the right BitTorrent client, selecting the best Torrent file website, picking the right Torrent file, downloading legal content and downloading content privately.

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Pick a BitTorrent Client

The first step to torrent successfully is selecting the right BitTorrent client. A BitTorrent client is a software application that can be downloaded for free from the Internet. The client will be used to download content, including audio, video, software and more. According to OkayGeek and PCMag, the Bit Torrent client Vuze is the best Bit Torrent client, followed closely by Utorrent. Head to the website of Vuze or Utorrent (see Resources) and download the client to get started.

Find the Best Torrent File Website

After downloading a BitTorrent client, the next step is to download a torrent file from a torrent website. After the torrent file is downloaded, open it using the BitTorrent client and the content will start downloading. According to a variety of blogs, including p2pOn and Technodorm, there are a few torrent websites that host the majority of torrent content andare consistently popular. These websites are ThePirateBay, IsoHunt, and Btjunkie (see Resources).

Picking the Best Torrent File

On a torrent file website, there is a variety of files to choose from. The best torrent files are the files with the highest number of people seeding the file. The higher the number of people seeding a particular file, the faster the download will be. If a file has few-to-no seeders, it will download extremely slowly or not at all.

Download Legal Content

Many people use BitTorrent clients and torrent file websites to share copyrighted content illegally, including music, television shows, movies, software and more. Before downloading a torrent file, make sure that it is legal content that is not copyrighted. There is plenty of free and legal paid content available on torrent sites. Examples of legal content include movies, books and software in the public domain, content issued under a creative commons license, promotional content distributed by amateur artists and all paid content. Illegally downloading a torrent file can result in prosecution.

Downloading Content Privately

Programs such as BTGuard and TorrentPrivacy exist to help hide your router ID by bouncing it through a number of different nodes. In other words, these programs help keep your torrenting activities private from external parties that seek to track and exploit your personal torrenting history. The disadvantage of downloading and installing BTGuard or TorrentPrivacy is that it may slow down your download speed.

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