Intro: Are you new to torrenting? Or have you been doing it for a while but want to make sure you’re doing it the right way? In either case, you’ll want to read on. Torrenting isn’t as simple as clicking a few buttons and downloading your file. There are a lot of potential mistakes you can make that can slow down your download, or worse, get you in trouble with the law. In this blog post, we’ll go over four of the most common mistakes people make when torrenting and how to avoid them. Stay safe and have fun!

1. Mistakes with the files:

1. Downloading the wrong torrent:

Remember, not every torrent is meant for everyone. If you see a torrent that’s perfect for your device, but it’s labeled ‘for tablets only,’ leave it alone! The same goes for any other category of wording on the release. These are usually explicitly released so specific devices can download without problems. 

2. Downloading the wrong version of a file: 

This is another widespread mistake. When searching for your release, always download the correct version (e.g., 1080p, 720p). If not, you might end up with an inferior copy that’s not as high quality as it could be. Make double sure you’re downloading the correct release. If you’re not, your download will be incomplete or may even cause problems with playback. 

3. Torrents that are empty: 

Another widespread mistake is downloading an empty torrent, especially for older files. When searching for a file to download on , always look for active torrents, so you know your download speeds won’t be slow, and your file integrity won’t be compromised. You can usually tell if a torrent is active by looking at how many people are seeding and the current health of the torrent (e.g., 20 seeds with 100% seed health). If there’s no one seeding, it might not be worth downloading until someone else does (or try another torrent, like one with 100 seeds).

2. Not checking file integrity before playing

Torrenting files are great because you can end up with an immaculate version of your show, movie, or game. However, if any part of the download has corrupted data (someone leeching poorly), it can cause playback issues. If you’re not sure, check the file integrity before playing. It is an easy feature that will let you know if any part of the file has been damaged along the way.

3. Not using VPN protection when torrenting:

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All Internet traffic from your computer goes through a server on its way to the content it’s downloading. That means if you’re not on a private connection, every website you visit will be able to see what you do online while connected to that server. It can even leave personal information vulnerable to hackers. VPNs protect your privacy by masking your IP address, which can keep you safe from data collection companies or anyone else who may be snooping on your web traffic.

4. Torrenting copyrighted material without permission: 

Seeding a torrent with a video or a song that you didn’t create is illegal in most countries. You can be sued for copyright infringement the second you start uploading something someone else made. The best way to avoid this is to download content from non-copyrighted sources. That includes checking the laws of your country before torrenting anything that you wouldn’t be able to buy in a store.

5. Removing your torrent’s metadata: 

Torrents work by connecting you to people downloading the same file as you. It can be challenging for other people to find your download if no information is attached. That’s why all good torrent websites will tell you to leave your torrent’s metadata intact. It means going by the name, file size, and file type alone so other people know what it is. If you’ve been using a torrent site for a while, then you’ll know that most uploads will have specific words in their name or tags, don’t change these unless they’re not descriptive enough!

6. Opening a torrent with malware: 

You’ve probably heard about people opening a torrent and getting a warning, or a virus, or worse. It happens when someone has attached their malicious file to a ‘seeder’ (uploader) account. When you open the torrent, it’s the uploader who opens the file, not you! So if an uploader is known for uploading viruses or malware, you should avoid all of their uploads.

7. Not having an antivirus program:

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You might have heard that torrent sites themselves are havens for viruses, but this isn’t true. Most viruses come from bad uploads made by ‘leechers’ (downloaders) who don’t scan their files. One way to avoid this is to ensure you have an antivirus program installed on your computer before you download. Two popular ones are AVG and Avast, although you can probably find one that fits your needs quickly.   


torrent is a good source to download movies, tv shows, games, and other stuff. But it can be risky if you don’t know how to avoid its common mistakes. With this article, you know the common pitfalls so that you can avoid them.


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