How BitTorrent Works? P2P Content Distribution Guide & Tips

Peer-to-Peer Distribution is a convenience of the digital age. While a number of BitTorrent Search Engines claim to offer safe and free P2P sharing, reports of online piracy and the increasing proliferation of viruses on P2P networks demand users proceed with great diligence. In this post you will learn Basic Guide & Tips on How BitTorrent P2P Content Distribution Works.

How BitTorrent Works - P2P Content Distribution Guide

What is Bittorrent? And how it Works?

Bittorrent is a file sharing protocol. Users require bittorrent client software to access the P2P network which includes content in the form of files, such as videos, software and music.

Depending on content, use and transmission is free. However, pirating content (or infringing on copyright) can cost thousands of dollars and sometimes even imprisonment for those offering illegal downloads. Furthermore, downloading speculative material could damage one’s computer beyond repair or compromise the security of personal information therein.
  • Has no central server; content is provided by participating users.
  • Transfers content that is the exact copy of the original.
  • Does not allow downloaders to alter content.
Which BitTorrent Client Software Works Best?

To get started, a user must decide on bittorrent client software to use, such as the Vuze bittorrent client. Bittorrent client software enables the user’s computer or device to connect and make use of the bittorrent network.

Finding Content

Once a user shares a file to the network, a .torrent file is created. This file is effectively a marker which points the bittorrent client to the files location. The .torrent file can be share between users using traditional methods such as email. There are also a number of internet sites that offer a collection of .torrent files and offer the users the ability to search for various files. Once a user has founds a file they wish to download, they download the .torrent file and activate it in their bittorrent client. Some torrent ‘search sites’ offer user reviews where users that have downloaded the file can attest for the accuracy of the information describing the download and that it is not corrupted by viruses and that it does not contain a different file than the one stated. This effectively creates a user community who report and ban suspect files. The onus however is still on the user to check that the file they seek to download is not corrupt, is free of viruses and that it is does not contain copyright restricted material.

Free vs. Paid

If you’re searching (strictly) for free content, a number of services provide millions of pieces of content, including movies, music, pictures, books and more. However, ensure each service you pursue hosts free content (which is not for sale elsewhere). Piracy, or copyright infringement, runs rampant, and those offering pirated downloads and those downloading such files run the risk of fines and imprisonment.

Don’t confuse free with legal. Let’s assume a favorite artist releases a new album for $15 on Amazon. Within a week, someone, initially purchasing, may upload the content, making it (illegally) available. Those ensuing to download free are not ‘bargain shoppers.’ They are stealing content.

Web Browser

Ensure you choose a Web Browser (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, FireFox) compatible with the torrent service and chosen client. In addition, reviewers suggest selecting a browser with extensions that help with blocking pop-ups and aggressive advertising (associated with torrent experiences).

Media Players

Once content is secured, a user must consider a media player. For example, BitTorrent video files will not play on the Windows Media Player; some other player must be downloaded and leveraged.

Furthermore, see literature on the best e-book, media player, file archiver and more for optimal interactions with content.

Security Software

Ensure you have effective security software installed on your computer, especially if you use public Wi-Fi spots. BitTorrent is completely safe to use when operated properly, yet malware is always a possibility when downloading material from the web. There are both free and paid versions of popular security software available.

More to Know

There is more to learn regarding optimizing speed, extensions and downloading experience. Those who desire content, with limited desire to increase technical awareness, may benefit from seeking professional consultation from a local IT provider or troubleshooter who can effectively download the desired content, ensuring the fidelity of the computer and absence of malicious files.

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