With higher and higher download speeds and additional bandwidth comes new and faster ways to download files from the Internet. The hottest method right now is known as BitTorrent. Speeds on BitTorrent can top 500mb/s or more depending on the number of people sharing a file that you want to download. BitTorrent does have its drawbacks, however. Viruses can be tacked on to files and there is quite a lot of trading of copyrighted material, as well. Here are a few tips for downloading with BitTorrent.
Before you begin downloading, you are going to need a BitTorrent client. These programs are small, free and easy to find on the Internet. One of the most popular is UTorrent. It is free and downloads in seconds.
Now that you have a BitTorrent client, youâ€™ll need to find a safe place to download from. One site is Mininova.com. Mininova used to offer downloads of all kinds, but recent complaints from law enforcement have ended the sharing of copyrighted material. With the disappearance of illegal sharing you also see a dramatic decrease in the number of viruses, as well. There is still quite a lot of music you can download here, all with the approval of the artist.
BitTorrent can also be used to download freeware computer programs, video and just about anything else. Simply look for files that have a lot of seeders, those folks who already downloaded the file and are now sharing it, and lechers, those folks that are in the same position as you. Almost as soon as you begin downloading a file, you will notice that others will begin downloading data from you. This is how BitTorrent works. Everyone shares file information from everyone else.
Finally, it is important that you use your anti virus program to scan files once you have downloaded them but before youâ€™ve opened them. Your anti virus should be able to detect any issues and eradicate them before they can infect your computer. When used safely, BitTorrent can be a gold mine of music, video and programs. Simply avoid the shady side and youâ€™ll be hooked on BitTorrent before you know it.