In the BitTorrent file helps in the distribution system, it is a torrent file or M Eta Info which is a computer file that contains metadata about files and folders which is to be distributed, and it is usually also in a list of the network locations of trackers, which are computers that help participants in the system and also helps to find each other and form an efficient distribution groups called swarms. A torrent file does not contain the content which too is distributed; it only contains that information about those files, such as their names, sizes, folder structure, and cryptographic hash values for verifying file integrity. The term torrent generally refers either to the metadata file or to the files downloaded, depending on the context
To speak in a nutshell, a torrent file is like an index, which helps to facilitates the efficient information (but doesn’t contain the information itself) and the address of available worldwide computers that upload the content. Torrent files themselves and it helps in the method of using torrent files that have been created to ease the load on servers. With the effective help of torrents, one can easily download files from other computers that have the file or even a fraction of the file. These “peers” allow downloading of the file in addition to, or in place of, the primary server.
Advantages and disadvantages of Torrent
Torrent so many advantages such as saving time, peer to peer distribution, advance download experience for a slower connection, it has many disadvantages also. Some of the torrent dis-advantages are as narrated below.
One might fail to tell you what is inside the file until one finishes downloading. Suppose the creator speaks that it is Linux distribution with Ubuntu’s latest version and also named the file as resembling one. But no one can guaranty what is inside the file actually until the user finished downloading and opening the file. In case of illegitimate content or provider did not supply any hash or MD5 sum over the public, it can not be predetermined. For the first time, seeders must be online and help to seed until the torrent gets popular or he must be always online to serve file and that also with higher internet speed. If one left in between, no one will get the file and users who downloaded some part would stuck at that point.
Internet speed and computer performance are actually used by Bit-torrent protocol. Generally, the upload speed of the Internet is used to serve files and which also cause other services that depend actually on the Internet to freeze.
If the distribution that has started once and it is hard to stop. If the file gets popular and the seeder thinks of stopping the distribution, it is impossible to stop till the time all users downloading torrents should stop. That does not bother the property of the creator.
Now the question arises about the Un-authorized distribution which has created a very big loss to most Software, Games, Movies and Music vendors. Some of the users who paid for it distributed file over the Internet using Torrent and that gets popular within minutes. Which caused a loss in business. Many copyrighted materials are licked and distributed. Sometimes, the content is hijacked and distributed creating huge financial loss and reputation damage intentionally.
The speed can not be stable (in most cases it is slow) and predetermined, depends upon the number of Seeders but that can not guarantee the speed.
The file is served in pieces from different servers. So sometime the result may be damaged or corrupted file.
You can not use Download Managers or Accelerators to increase speed.
The source of media (file) is unrestricted. Illegal content hosting is very cheap and reliable using Torrent. If you own a website and host a copyrighted file, your web host may send you notice and if you do not stop your account may be suspended. But while using Torrent, no one is there is to stop except your ISP (Internet Service Provider).
Torrent has a great role in increasing Pirated & Pornographic content over the internet.
If you are using Static IP to use the Internet, there is a privacy concern. Everybody downloading that torrent file can see your IP address and know what you are downloading.
You must have a good Antivirus program because sometimes the torrent comes with viruses.
The original content can not be altered once after serving started. For new versions or modified files, you must create another torrent and share this. While in case of direct download if the file changes in the server, all users will get a newer file automatically.
There are many other disadvantages in the case of the Bit-Torrent system.
Here are the top 10 best alternatives of torrentz :
1. YTS.am is the unofficial successor of the defunct YTS or YIFY group. The site is typical rebrands as a third-party and it releases most of the popular movie but these were banned by several other torrent sites, YTS is now very popular now.
1337x has an important presence in this list for the last few years. It has been a dedicated group of uploaders that provide fresh content. Despite ISP blockades in several countries, it grew.
3. The Pirate Bay
The Pirate Bay turned 15-years-old since last year and is the oldest site in this list. If we would count all traffic from proxy domains it would likely still be on top, but due to frequent downtime and connectivity problems, it’s now in the third position.
RARBG has dropped two places as compared to last year. The site operates several domain names, but only the one with the most traffic counts for this list. RARBG was founded in 2008 and it specializes in high-quality video releases.
Torrentz2 launched as a stand-in for the original Torrentz.EU site, which voluntarily closed its doors in 2016. Despite some issues with disappearing torrent links early last year, it’s still going strong.
NYAA.si is a popular resurrection of the anime torrent site NYAA. The site was suspended by Cloudflare last year but found a suitable alternative soon after.
LimeTorrents has been around for more than half a decade. A few months ago the site’s operator changed LimeTorrents’ domain name and updated its homepage in response to various blocking efforts.
Zooqle, which boasts more than 3.8 million verified torrents, kept its spot in the top 10. The site was openly advertised as an alternative to Bitsnoop, which shut down in 2017.
The original TV-torrent distribution group EZTV shut down after a hostile takeover in 2015, with new owners claiming ownership of the brand. The group remains active, albeit not without controversy. Just a few months ago ETTV accused the group of ‘stealing’ its releases
TorrentDownloads has been around for several years. The torrent site regained a spot in the top 10 this year after a year of absence. It’s a no-nonsense index that provides torrents to millions of users each month.
Controversies related to Torrent:
Torrent has been always in Controversy since its early age. However it was created with a good motive, but it was being used to distribute copyrighted, paid, legal and sensitive data free of cost.
Which caused lots of reputation and business loss to Software giants and especially Multimedia productions like Sony, Warner Bros, Universal and many. The users uploaded the paid blue-ray discs or DVDs of movies and songs to torrent the community causing birth to unstoppable piracy.
Some of the countries and authorities have declared Torrent safe and good while some other authorities put restrictions over the torrent. Resulting in many of the torrent sites to legal threats and court cases.
The most controversial website related to Torrent is ThePirateBay, TPB in short. TPB was founded by a Swedish group of members who are against copyright matters and want the content over the internet to be shared free of cost.
Which resulted in them Lots of Penalties, many legal cases in different courts over the globe, ban of their website on most countries. Instead of stopping their service, they started to display legal mails from different high profile companies like Microsoft, Apple, Universal Studio and so many in their website publicly.
Members who supported TPB including web hosting companies and financiers are also jailed for some month due to these controversies. Their server was attached multiple times by Internet authorities and other hackers who are against Torrent.
But they are still standing and it is serving the contents regularly. There some important website examples are Supernova, TorrentSpy, Demonoid, etc. Which are on controversies due to serving Torrent file or indexing them.
Now you know the advantages and disadvantages of using a torrent client and how one can protect one’s privacy. Using these benefits wisely. There is really good and publicly available content that one can download online. At the end of the day, torrent clients must use it for fast download and usage of the quality content for good cause.