Torrents have become one of the most popular file sharing methods. In the network we find a lot of sites that give their users access to a huge number of games, movies, music and programs. Is downloading legal files safe and legal?
WHAT IS TORRENT?
Torrent is a small file containing information that allows the user to download specific videos, for example. These in turn are on the computers of other users who share them. The exchange of torrent files is done on a peer-to-peer basis, i.e. everyone who downloads the item, then makes it available to other users. Thanks to this, you do not need to use third-party servers, and you can stop downloading at any time, and resume after restarting your computer.
File exchange via torrent does not take place anonymously. When data is downloaded by the program client, our IP address is visible to everyone. Thanks to that, you can track virtually any computer. This is how the hackers use it! When a cybercriminal checks that a specific IP address is devoid of a firewall, it can get into the victim’s computer and thus private user data.
Using torrents can also result in a computer being infected. It may seem that the user, according to what he read on the site, downloads, for example, a movie. After downloading the data to the disk, it often turns out that instead of the selected item in the downloaded folder there are completely different files. It can even be pornography or malware. It also turns out that anti-viruses do not always cope with the identification of junk and let them into the computer. Such practices can be very dangerous for the system!
Virtually all files shared via torrents have copyright. In Poland, downloading files is not illegal, but the distribution of materials to which we do not own copyright is already punishable. Torrents work in such a way that we will not avoid sharing downloaded materials, because this process begins after downloading a few percent of games or music. Can the police really arrest us? It is unlikely that several policemen will visit us unannounced.
KickassTorrents was one of the largest sites of this type. The owner of KAT was Artem Vaulin, a 30-year-old from Ukraine. He was arrested in Poland at the request of the American government. The closure of the site is a big event in the torrent community, and shows how much the US wants to fight copyright infringement. The United States also asks Poland to extradite Vaulina overseas where he would be tried. Artem is accused of running a website that allows the exchange of films, games, series and music. The whole has been estimated at 1 billion dollars!
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