IN the world of torrenting, things can change very quickly, and certainly always not for the better. One day your favourite torrenting service or website can become defunct or a trap by the government to try to catch you illegally downloading copyrighted materials. You can’t always rely on old sources of information or what your friends told you a few months back because what you learned then is the past. Even this year many of the major websites had to switch addresses or shut down entirely. You need to think of the present and the future.
For that reason, here are five of the best torrent websites for you to check out in 2016:
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One of the most popular torrent sites currently in use, if not the most popular, Kickass Torrents has had to change its domain name several times in recent history to battle law enforcement efforts. If the link above doesn’t work, do not worry and just search for the name to find the current location. Here is a well-used website where you will likely be able to find lots of people to get advice from and a great collection of files to pick from. Just be wary of the risks that level of popularity can bring.
While Isohunt.to should not necessarily be mistaken with the original Isohunt website, which got shut down, the current site is a spiritual successor and a popular option. It should be noted that this is currently an excellent option for those who want to start torrenting for the first time. In many ways, it acts more like a search engine and/or a toolbar than many other torrent websites. It can also claim one of the more famously kind and helpful communities out there in the torrenting world, which is always a plus.
RARBG is a torrenting site that seems to be continually rising, collecting a large amount of traffic over the time it’s been alive. This is needed as just in the last year or so the torrenting community has seen the loss of both EZTV and YTS, both major websites that saw a lot of traffic. It has a solid selection of various types of media and the site cares about its reputation, alerting users to problems and scams. It is absolutely worth checking out seeing as it is updated regularly.
TorrentZ isn’t so much a torrent site in and of itself as much as it acts as a search engine to find other torrents, making this option technically the safest one if you are just wondering what is out there for people to download. Of course, you have to be wary of where you are going to get directed, but if you are safe, you can find this engine to be an excellent resource.
Another website that will act as more of a search engine for torrents out there than for torrents themselves, Extratorrent is growing in popularity and in the amount of content that you can try to find with it. If you simply look at it, then you will find it particularly easy to use. Most of the content seems to be well-categorized, which is a great thing when it comes to torrenting.
Staying Safe & other notes
As previously noted, things can change very quickly in the world of torrenting, so I would like to emphasise that before you use any of the above sites that you should double check via a search engine or forums that they are still viable options.
In addition, I would like to make the suggestion that you use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when you do your torrenting. A VPN creates a secure connection between your computer and an offsite server, and the server will take care of your downloading and send your data safely and privately over your connection. While there are many benefits to this service, the one that is most notable is that it will mask your IP address from onlookers and trackers, shielding you from organisations that don’t want you torrenting. There are some reviews for the best VPNs for torrenting that you should make sure to take a look at in particular.
Finally, I would like to remind all readers that everyone who torrents or uses torrenting websites should make sure to take the best security precautions that they can to protect themselves. No matter how good a website is or how well-policed it is, there will always be dangers on these sorts of sites because it is impossible to respond immediately to every threat. Make sure to backup your data and take additional safety measures.
Do you have an experience with any of the above websites? Do you have any tips on torrenting or any advice to share with your fellow readers? Please let us know and leave a comment below so you can join the conversation. Thank you for reading, and may you have the best of luck with your torrenting endeavours.
Special thanks to Jen from Secure Thoughts for writing this article.