Best Torrent Safety Tips

Millions of people are using torrent websites to look for files and download them. One of the biggest sites, The Pirate Bay, has over six and a half million users and over six million torrents to choose from. The content can vary from movies and music to software and books - basically there is a torrent for everything. Those who use torrents on a regular basis know that everything they download can be traced back to them, and if there’s any illegal file downloading or uploading, they can face charges and serious fees. However, there are ways to download torrent files completely anonymous, without letting anyone know what is being downloaded.

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Here are some of the best safety tips:

1) Use a VPN to hide your IP address.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the most powerful anonymity tool in the file-sharing arsenal. Most come with easy-to-use software, allowing you to hide your IP address. Some of the best VPNs are: HideMyAss VPN - the fastest and most popular VPN out there (recommended by us), costs €4.99/m with the yearly plan; Private Internet Access, which is the best torrent VPN for 2014 and 2015 and it costs $3.33/m; IPVanish - one of fastest options that requires no logs and provides a good software for $6.59/m.

2) Always clear your web browser cache

A cache is a repository for stored data that is used to expedite the process of retrieving data. Internet browsers use caching to store HTML web pages by storing a copy of visited pages and then using that copy to render when you re-visit that page. In most computer-based web browsers, to open menus used to clear your cache, cookies and history, press Ctrl-Shift-Delete (Windows) or Command-Shitf-Delete (Mac). If that doesn’t work, check out these step-by-step cache cleaning solutions (official guides):

3) Use a good antivirus software

The right choice for an antivirus/antimalware software can mean all the difference in the world. If the trigger warning succeeds when a threat is detected, you can protect your computer from further and unwanted harm that could infect your computer, maybe even force you to make a clean system reinstall or repair. In the department of antivirus software, AVG is one of the best solutions. It is fast, reliable and offers many advantages if you buy the Ultimate version. Speaking of malware, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software performs a deep and thorough scan of your computer, cleaning it of any unwanted files and it offers also a free version.

4) Download torrents from trusted websites

The big torrent sites with millions of contents are the ones that are very popular. The smaller torrent sites often copy the contents from the bigger sites, but they also bring a certain risk on their sites (i.e fake mirror sites or files infected with spyware). The Pirate Bay, so far, hadn’t put its users at larger risk, since most of the contents are virus and malware-free, and if there’s an infected torrent it is reported to the admins and the users comment on the torrent’s legitimacy, warning other users that the file is infected.

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5) Download torrent files with a lot of seeders

When you’re searching for a certain content, make sure you pick one of the few most popular torrent downloads, often uploaded by users or groups known to the torrent public. They’re often checked by other users and are risk-free and you should be assured that they are not fake. Another plus is that you will download the torrent faster, because if it’s popular it will have many seeders around the world who will boost your download. That doesn’t mean torrents with low number of seeders are risky, but they’re not checked and inspected as much as the most popular are.