Geek Freely: Torrents

    This is all about how to download/upload encrypted torrents.


    I’ll try keep this simple, but comment if you have

    problems.  Sorry

    it’s so long, I tried to keep it detailed – if you read

    the whole thing

    first you will see it is reasonably straight forward.

    You need to download a program called uTorrent from .  This allows you to download torrent files.

    (Detail: torrent files

    contain a list of

    trackers/computers for the associated file you are

    trying to download.  For

    example you download an Ubuntu torrent; you

    use uTorrent to open the downloaded Ubuntu torrent file,

    uTorrent reads

    the file and connects to the tracker sites, this in turn

    connects to

    hundreds of people with the file and downloads bits from

    everyone –

    reducing bandwidth costs to any one user and speeding up the download.)

    Before you download any ,


    uTorrent and choose Options – Preferences, then in the pop-up

    window go

    to the bittorrent screen.  From the protocol encryption

    section choose

    Forced in the outgoing option and uncheck ‘Allow

    incoming legacy

    connections’ – this means your downloads are encrypted

    in both

    directions (outgoing and incoming):

    When your downloads

    are encrypted this means your ISP (internet

    service provider) cannot

    tell what you are downloading or uploading

    (sharing) but only that you

    are using .


    your torrent has finished (100% complete in uTorrent) you should

    right-click on it within uTorrent and select remove torrent,

    this means

    you keep the data you downloaded, you just don’t share it

    anymore –

    less likely for you internet provider canceling your service

    due to

    bandwidth usage, due to constant sharing.

    You can also set up

    rules to stop seeding (sharing) once you have

    reached 100% which decreases your

    upload and visibility using .  By going to scheduling, the following screen shows seeding till 150% (downloaded the file, and shared it back 1.5x):

    Now there are several sites out there where you can download torrent files –


    Two reasons, it’s good, and the https means it is encrypted, so ISP

    doesn’t know what you are clicking on really. I don’t think???

    Couple of things to note about :

    So I should probably mention, using

    you can download almost anything; music, movies, tv shows, and

    software.  Say you download a movie or tv show, to watch it on your PC

    you should use a program called VLC – it’s free and will pretty


    play any filetype/codec.

    Hope you can understand this, and it helps!

    Downloading Copyrighted material is illegal.

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