BitTorrent (What is it?)

Ever wondered how people download the latest movies, games, apps, and music on the net for free? Are you jealous of them and want to try it out but haven’t have the knowledge of doing it? Rejoice because BitTorrent is here!

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) communications protocol. BitTorrent is a method of distributing large amounts of data widely without the original distributor incurring the entire costs of hardware, hosting and bandwidth resources. Instead, when data is distributed using the BitTorrent protocol, each recipient supplies pieces of the data to newer recipients, reducing the cost and burden on any given individual source, providing redundancy against system problems, and reducing dependence on the original distributor.

Peer-to-peer(P2P) means that you are sharing files from another computer across the internet. It is the backbone of BitTorrent. However, there is a central server (called a tracker) which coordinates the action of all such peers. The tracker only manages connections, it does not have any knowledge of the contents of the files being distributed. The philosophy of BitTorrent is that users should upload (seed) at the same time they are downloading (leeching). In this manner, network bandwidth is utilized as efficiently as possible. BitTorrent is designed to work better as the number of people interested in a certain file increases, in contrast to other file transfer protocols.

Bittorent

Ok enough for the intro. Let’s get this thing started. Here’s what you need to use BitTorrent to download files from the net.

  1. Internet connection (How can you download if you have no net? *wtf*)
  2. BitTorrent Client (µTorrent, Azerus, BitComent, BitLord, etc.)
  3. BitTorrent Sites ( Isohunt.com, ThePirateBay.org, TorrentSpy.com, TorrentBox.com, Mininova.com, Btjunkie.org etc.)

A BitTorrent client is a program that downloads files using the BitTorrent Protocol. It is similar to FlashGet, LimeWire, and BearShare but differ in protocol.

In my opinion, the most popular BitTorrent Client is uTorrent because of it’s lightweight size and resource-friendly program, taking less than 6mb on memory consumption. It very efficient and loads faster than other BitTorrenc Clients. It’s file size is only 220 KB, less than a megabyte! You can download it here.

The next thing you need to do is  to find torrent sites on the net. They manages the torrent files and indexes trackers. It is like a server or a host. You can download torrents any of the sites I mentioned above.

The next thing to consider is the number of seeds. The more the seeds, the faster your downloads. So be sure to download a torrent that has seeds of 200+ to ensure a fast download.

A friendly advice, BitTorrent utilize the technology to download copyrighted material such as movies and software without legally purchasing them thus promoting piracy. It’s up to you to download or not. Comments are Highly Appreciated.

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