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BitTorrent

BitTorrent - a new way to share and download files

Website - Freeware

reviewed by ClifNotes on May 2005, Jan 2005

 

Notes

I'm sure this isn't news to some of you. For the rest, I'll just say, this is very cool! File sharing networks are a hazardous place to get your files. The bad things about them are that someone could be tracking your uploads and downloads, or they could have fooled you into downloading something other than what you expected, like maybe a virus or other malware. BitTorrent downloads are different. It might be possible to track you if you use BitTorrent but it sure wouldn't be easy. If a BitTorrent download is ever infected, it will become unpopular so that it will become increasingly difficult to get as time goes by. BitTorrent works by getting pieces of the file from many different PC's at once and those PC's are owned by people just like you and me. The more popular a file is, the faster it can be downloaded to you. BitTorrent files are as risky as anything else you download from the internet. Always try to get file links from trusted sources.

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Difference between the old way of downloading and BitTorrent.

 Old method        BitTorrent

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You have something terrific to publish -- a large music or video file, software, a game or anything else that many people would like to have. But the more popular your file becomes, the more you are punished by soaring bandwidth costs. If your file becomes phenomenally successful and a flash crowd of hundreds or thousands try to get it at once, your server simply crashes and no one gets it. There is a solution to this vicious cycle. BitTorrent, the result of over two years of intensive development, is a simple and free software product that addresses all of these problems.