The Main Reasons Why Torrent Sharing Is Taking Over the World

You may have already heard of the way of sharing files over the internet using torrents, also often called bittorrent sharing.

Even if it is something you have never felt the need to use in the past you may discover that it is extremely useful to you at some point in the future. After all, there are some very good reasons why it is taking over the world.

It Is Free and Hugely Popular

Sharing files is something which should be free but it isn’t always. Thankfully, torrent sharing is completely free as long as you choose your software provider and the files you share wisely. (The files should not infringe on copyrights.) This is a peer to peer file sharing protocol and with millions of people using this method every day it is clear that a lot of people are keen to take advantage of it. In fact, it has been calculated that a quarter of a billion people share files in this way every month and that torrents take up a big percentage of overall internet usage.

It Is Fast

Of course, any sort of file sharing system is only as good as the speed it offers. We all want our information and our entertainment as fast as possible these days, which is why this is such a massively popular way of doing it now, as torrents can get up to 1.5 megabits per second. The reason it is so fast is that it doesn’t just involve sending a complete file directly from one computer to another. Instead, it allows a number of computers to work together like a team. In this way, they each play their part in allowing the file to speed its way thought the internet. The more people who join in on the process the quicker it becomes for everyone, which is a fantastic idea when you think about it.

It Is Easy

When you first come across the idea of sharing files though torrents it might sound a bit intimidating. After all, you might fear that only people who are experts in computer code can do something as complicated sounding as this. The good news is that you don’t need to have any special skills or knowledge in order to take part in the torrent file sharing revolution. All you need to do is find a reputable application, such as Vuze which makes it easy for you to share files that don’t infringe on copyrights. Download the powerful Vuze bittorrent client to your desktop. After this is it easy to start sharing files that don’t infringe on copyrights even if know very little about PCs and the internet.

It Doesn’t Slow Down Your PC

You might still worry at this point that sharing files in this way still isn’t right for you. If you work from home or otherwise give your computer a lot of things to do then you might think that sharing all those big files could slow it down too much. However, one of the reasons why this method is taking over the world is that the bittorrent client will work away in the background without affecting your PC’s performance very much. This is great news for anyone who wants to find a way of sharing big files without having their PC grind to a halt while they do it.

It Is Safe

Maybe you have heard more about legal issues than anything else when it comes to torrents. This is unfortunate, as it tends to stop more people from understanding how useful this service and technology can be when it is used safely and responsibly. To start with you need to find a torrent sharing site which has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to sharing illegal files that infringe on copyrights. There are few of us who wouldn’t be happy to download the latest Hollywood blockbusters or chart songs for free. However, if it is something that you would normally have to pay for then getting it for free through torrent file sharing is likely to be illegal, isn’t it? Thankfully, there are sites which are dedicated to offering safe, legal sharing in a responsible way. Once you have found one of these sites you will find that it is a very safe way to share files. There is no adware of spyware and the torrents reject corrupted files or dummy files.

Have you tried this method of giving and receiving files over the internet yet? If you have then how easy and safe did you find it to be?  

Peer To Peer (P2P) Definitions For Newbies

Peer To Peer is a network protocol used for downloading torrents or P2P files. P2P software allows browsers to connect with each other to search for and download content. Here  files are shared directly between network users without the assistance of a central server.

TorrentsTorrent : This is a small metadata file and ends with .torrent extension. This torrent file contains all the information about the files (movies, music, games, etc) that you are downloading. When the P2P download initiates, a torrent file is sent to the computer.

Peer : A peer is another user in the network or the internet (Just like you), who is interested in downloading some files. A peer doesn’t have the complete file on his/her computer.

Seed : As the name says, a seed is the originator of the file. The seed has the complete file on his/her computer. There can be multiple seeds for a same file on the Internet. This makes the P2P sharing more useful.

Swarm : A swarm is the group of people associated with a particular file. This included seeds and peers. Together, all users sharing a torrent are called a swarm. Six peers and two seeds make a swarm of eight.

Leech : A leech is a peer who has a negative effect on the swarm because of very poor share ratio. In other words, downloading much more than they upload. Some leeches hurt the swarm to avoid uploading by using modified clients or limiting their upload speed.

Tracker : The Tracker is the server of the torrent site that monitors or tracks the progress of your download. It keeps track of which seeds and peers are in the swarm. The tracker is not directly involved in the data transfer and does not have a copy of the file.

Snubbed : An uploading client is flagged as snubbed if the downloading client has not received any data from it in over 60 seconds.

DHT : It stands for Distributed Hash Table. This table is used by tracker to compile a list of peers that host a particular file.

Usage : Yesterday, I used P2P file sharing to get a copy of God Father. I got the torrent for it easily. The tracker referred to the DHT and showed me 30 seeds and 60 peers. The entire swarm has grown very well this week.