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  • A torrent, or BitTorrent, is a file-sharing protocol that uses the combined Internet and computing power of hundreds of users instead of a central server. According to TorrentFreak, it accounts for 27 percent to 55 percent of all Internet traffic.

    History

    According to Squidoo, the BitTorrent protocol was created as the first generation of peer-to-peer file sharing was becoming obsolete.

    Function

    Torrents work by providing a seed file, which is then connected to by peers. The peers then upload part of the file to be downloaded by others.

    Speed

    The download speed is based on the number of connected peers who are uploading and downloading, known as seeders and leechers. It is capable of maxing out an Internet connection.

    Warning

    Torrents are known for being associated with software piracy and viruses. Be careful not to download copyrighted materials.

    Considerations

    Many Internet service providers limit network speed when using torrents.

    Source:

    TorrentFreak

    Squidoo

    Comcast

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