Torrents, BitTorrent and How it Works

An ever increasing number of people seem to be learning how to download movies, music, books and applications for free from the Internet. There are many reasons why downloading torrents has become such an explosive trend in the last few years. Improved Internet access and bandwidth speeds, provided by an increasing number of companies, in the form of unlimited broadband connections may be said to be the most vital reason for its success in India. As more and more people realize how easy, effective and useful it is to be able to share this incredible opportunity with peers the worldwide torrent family will only grow bigger and stronger with time.

What is BitTorrent

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer protocol that allows people to share information with each other, give and receive data from each other to connect directly through a system of central servers. These central servers are called ‘trackers’ and by themselves do not contain or transmit any information pertaining to the actual content of the file you wish to download. Trackers only manage and co-ordinate connections between peers. Your BitTorrent client connects to the tracker by using what is known as a .torrent file.

What a Torrent File is

A torrent file maybe most simply defined as a small text file containing necessary information about the content file you are trying to download such as file size, file name, comments, tracker, URL, and so on.

What Peers and Seeders are

Seeders are users who have full or hundred percent copy of the content you wish to download. A peer is anybody who has just started downloading or is yet to complete the download. The more number of seeds and peers there are in the swarm (group) the faster the download speeds and the lesser the chance is of you being left hanging without having completed your download. When there are very few seeders there is a risk that all of them may go offline without you having completed your download.

This is one of the reasons why torrent etiquette entails that when one has completed downloading, one must seed up to a ratio of at least one. That is to say, one should give at least as much is one is taking. Some, who take what they need and don’t give back at all are called ‘leechers’. Such actions are frowned upon and vocally disagreed with by fellow torrent users. The essential quality of the entire torrent community is based on sharing, and sharing generously, so greed and selfishness are looked down upon.

How to Download Files using BitTorrent

  • Download and install a BitTorrent client.
  • Click on a torrent from the website of choice and select open file.
  • Your BitTorrent client should open up and ask you where you would like to save your download.
  • Select the location, and click Save.
  • Wait for your download to finish.

Importantly, sudden electricity stoppages don’t disrupt the downloading. When you resume downloading, the downloading starts from the point it was switched off.

Where BitTorrent Client is Available

The bittorrent clients works on Windows 2000 and up, including Windows 7. The Mac version supports OS X 10.5 and up.

Warning

It must be said that most torrent websites offer very easy access to adult material and if children under the age of 18 are downloading from these websites, it may be wise for adults to supervise such activity. A few websites like demonoid have a very strict policy on not uploading any adult content or advertising on their website, but this is definitely not the norm. In most of the websites it is possible to find pornographic material in a category called XXX. However, there are a few websites like btmon dot com that openly advertise pornographic visual material that can be very inappropriate for younger viewers.

Happy Downloading

With all this simple and effective information in mind the task of downloading movies, books, software and practically any data that you are looking for can be found as easily as a few clicks of your mouse. Download, enjoy, and if you find it rewarding and exciting do share this wonderful world of opportunity with friends.

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