Torrenting has become a very popular method of file sharing around the world.Unlike downloading content from a central server, torrenting allows users to become the download source.
When someone downloads a file, they “seed” it for others to download. The result is longer retention of files and high speeds.But there are two ways to approach torrenting.It can be done through public or private trackers. Not many know about the difference. Here is an overview.
Public and Private Torrent Trackers
The torrenting system relies on trackers, where users are hosting the files they are seeding. Other users are able to access those trackers, thereby getting access to the files other users are seeding.
There are two distinct types of trackers: public and private. A public tracker is one that any person can access, provided they know the tracker address. But a private tracker is not accessible unless the individual has a username and password to log in.
Safety While Torrenting
Private torrent trackers emerged when users wanted a safe way to continue their hobby of file sharing. Many users have terabytes worth of material that is copyrighted. They do not have the right to own or share that material, but they do so anyway.
Public trackers are accessible by anyone, including the media companies whose content is being illegally shared. It is why many people in the United States, Europe and other places have started getting copyright notices when they download a file.
For instance, someone may torrent the latest Game of Thrones episode. A few days later, they get an email from their ISP or a letter in the mail saying they illegally downloaded and shared copyrighted material.
Private trackers render this issue irrelevant, as every user on a private tracker is selectively chosen by the people who started the tracker.
Better Content Retention
Another reason why private trackers are so popular is because they have better content retention.
If someone wants to access a file that was first uploaded six or seven months ago, a public tracker will do the job fine. But files from five or six years ago will be harder to find, as most people have deleted those files from their computers. The torrent file is still there, but there are no seeders.
Private tracker users are known for being more passionate about file sharing, which means they continue to seed files for years, ensuring better retention of niche content.
Trackers Can Close Down
The only downside to a private tracker is that it can close down. Trackers require money to run, which is an issue for some sites. If users do not donate enough, the tracker may shut down after a few years.
There are always risks when torrenting certain content. Popular movies, television show episodes and music files are going to increase the risk. Torrenting is not legal and certain countries have stricter enforcement laws than others.
But using private trackers is becoming more popular, as it drastically lowers the risk of the action. Private trackers are a closed community, which means the chances of being caught are minimal.