My Introduction to torrents changed my life, the ability to download all the movies out, in every genre from porn to Disney Classics like Snow White, and watch them whenever you wanted to for free is almost too good to be true. But it is true all the movies, all the tv shows, documentaries, sporting events, and pay per view events like UFC are available for downloads, in most parts of the world, without any hassles from the ‘internet police'(my term for the threatening letters you may receive from your Internet Service Provider) employed by various Internet Service Providers (ISP). The places in the world that aren’t trying to squeeze every penny out of you for televised entertainment.
Replays of your favorite sporting events, movies that are sometimes still being shown on the big screen or on pay per view channels, are on the internet waiting to be enjoyed by you. All you need to know is what link to click, and that is exactly the information you will be given today.
What exactly is a torrent? I think this term needs to be defined to help us all become more comfortable when we access this data to entertain ourselves. I have so many friends that are afraid of accessing this pool of movies and TV shows because they refuse to get acquainted with the new technology. A Torrent is a file that contains information about the file you want to download, that information is called metadata, it functions within software known as a BitTorrent client. The combination of information contained on the torrent file working within the BitTorrent client allows you to download files that you and other users with the same torrent file can share. It is a simple concept of making a copy of a file for a friend, in the same way you would copy a photograph from the original and give it to other people that want it. Using the internet as the network to share those copies of copies. So while you’re making a copy your friend is making a copy too and you are both sharing your copies with other friends until you have shared a specific amount of data and your download is complete.
You will need 4 components to make this data useful to you. A computer, the torrent file, a BitTorrent client, and a player. These components function together this way, the torrent file functions as a magnet drawing the files you want from the internet to the BitTorrent client installed on your computer. The BitTorrent client functions as the pipe from the internet to your computer that stores and organizes those files until the download is complete. The player allows you to view or listen to the downloaded file. Some files that you download via torrents have codecs that Windows Media Player and QuickTime player cannot open. Never fear we can recommend a player that can play just about everything that Media Player and QuickTime cannot.
The Player that I use and the one that hasn’t failed me for more than a decade is VLC Player.
When you find a file you want to download, just click on the link labeled ‘GET THIS TORRENT’ or the magnet symbol and you’re on your way. If you choose to download the torrent file, open that file with your BitTorrent client software, for our example use Utorrent.
I also recommend that you limit the amount of data you seed to other users to 1 ½ times the size of the file you downloaded. A torrent file that is in high demand will cause your computer to remain active for long periods uploading the file.
The general rules of courtesy among Torrent users is to upload 1 ½ times the amount of data you downloaded, giving everyone an opportunity to contribute to the file pool fairly. You will find this setting in the software preferences.
Using torrents is safe. I’ve been using torrents for more than 20 years and have never downloaded a virus or some malicious software that could hurt my machine. However on some other sites that offer torrent files you may see adverts to stream the file or download another file to help you view an active stream of that movie or file. Where there are free movies there are also some predators that want to take advantage of the impatience of humans and invade your machine with malware. Do not download Mackeeper or any other files besides your torrent file and you will be fine.
If you live in an area that sends you threatening letters when you use torrents, stop and think for a minute. If they could prove what file you downloaded they would have prevented it. To quell any nervousness there are free Virtual Private Network(VPN) apps and software to make your ISP none the wiser, like HotSpot Shield.
I am not in any way advocating the copying or reproduction of copyrighted material. I am just explaining a way of using torrent files.