Torrenting isn’t as safe and easy as it once was. Not only are there more legal repercussions today, but plenty more safety and security issues including viruses, malware, and invasions of privacy. It is absolutely necessary to take precautions when downloading torrents. It may take a little time and research, but it is highly beneficial in the long run. So to stay safe on torrent sites and out of trouble when downloading torrents follow these simple 5 techniques.
1. Use a VPN
Torrents are an easy and inexpensive way to share and acquire everything from software to music. However, when downloading torrents, any user that has downloaded the same torrent as you can see that you are downloading, or have downloaded the torrent content. While this may not be a problem in some situations, as you may know, many torrents provide content that is illegal to download. A virtual private network (VPN) service can help you avoid a torrent being linked to you, and keep you out of trouble. Basically, a VPN will create an encryption that will make it so no one can see what is passing through your internet tunnel. No one will be able to trace who downloaded a torrent when you use a VPN.
2. Check Torrent Feedback
Before downloading a torrent, check the feedback given by others. If you continually see only negative comments on a torrent, then you should not download it. It’s kind of like shopping. If you are going to buy a vacuum, do you buy the vacuum with poor ratings, and comments that say “the vacuum destroyed everything”? I think not! Just like there are some horrible products one can purchase on Amazon, there are some torrents you simply should not download (no matter how badly you want it).
Seedboxes, a favorite tool of many torrent downloaders, are remote servers that not only do the downloading for you, but does not share your IP address with the public since you are on a separate server. Since another IP address does the downloading for you, it makes it much more challenging to track the torrent download back to you.
Seedboxes also provide incredibly fast downloads, and when I say fast, I mean fast! Depending on the speed of your internet connection, whole TV series can be downloaded in less than 6 minutes.
This may not go into the safety category, but who doesn’t want a speedy torrent download. (Gee…I really wish this torrent would take longer to download…said no one EVER!). GreyCoder provides information on where to find the best seedboxes of 2015 to help you get started.
4. Updated Anti-virus and Internet Security Software
5. Avoid Downloading Torrents
This may not be what you want to hear, but the best way to stay safe when downloading torrents is to not download them at all. Unless you live in Switzerland, downloading copyrighted works such as movies and music is illegal. Although it may be challenging to resist downloading and binge watching the entire series of Silicon Valley (not that I ever did anything like that), it may be easier and safer to find a friend with an HBO account.
So now you know how to stay safe on torrents. However, torrents are of course not just for illegal downloads. There are many great legal uses for torrents, but it is still important to take security measures when using torrents for things such as downloading Linux ISOs. By taking the safety precautions previously mentioned, you should be on your way to a safe, smooth, and fast experience on torrents.