How Legal Are Torrents?

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Many people are now using torrent file transfer protocol to download files from the Internet. However, many of these people are also concerned about the legality of their action. How legal are torrents and what are the risks of using them?

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To be fair, torrents are just a kind of technology used for sharing files from one computer to another. Instead of hosting one single large file on a computer, the torrent will break the file into multiple pieces and host them on different computers. This way, you can download multiple files at the same time by forming multiple connections to different computers. The download time will be much faster. Here are Top 10 best torrent sites.

How Legal Are Torrents?

It really depends on how you use them. There are torrents that are completely safe and legal, and there are torrents that will cause you trouble if you download them. Some people post illegal content through torrent and if you download the content, you may be tracked down and prosecuted.

It is the way you use torrent that determines whether it is legal or not. Most cracked software, nulled scripts and blockbuster movies posted on torrent sites are illegal. When you download files through a torrent client, your activities may be tracked using a variety of methods. Therefore, when you decide to download content that seems illegal, you have to be super careful.

There is also one more thing. Many people inject viruses and trojans into torrent files that they post online, and if you are not careful, you will end up having a dysfunctional computer loaded with viruses and trojans. Therefore, when you decide to use torrent, you should install one of the most advanced anti-virus applications on your computer to protect yourself.

You should also read the reviews or comments posted by other users below each torrent file to know if there is any complaint or not. If any user complains that the torrent is fake and contains viruses, stay away from it.

How to Use Torrent Files

If you want to start downloading files using the torrent technology, you should get a torrent application first. Some popular ones are uTorrent, BitTorrent, and Azureus. The torrent application will help you connect with other people who are downloading and uploading the file.

To help other people who also want to download the file, you could keep seeding it after your download has completed. You can do it by leaving your torrent client running in the background. This way, you can contribute back to the community after getting what you want.

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Vishal Gaikar

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