One of the things people question the most about The Pirate Bay is the legality of it. Though the website is technically legal, using it really isn’t. Everyone who uses the website should know the legal implications it may hold, and how to be safe online.
Let’s begin with how legal the Pirate Bay is. Checking out the site is completely legal. People can type the site into their search bar, look at all the files, and they’re in the clear. Legal problems come when they actually download a file, or upload one to the website. Those sharing files on the Pirate Bay don’t have the permission to do so. Because of this, they can be implicated for copyright infringement. There are ways to be safe, though.
People wishing to use Pirate Bay should use a VPN and an I2P server if they can. These two programs will help people go completely private when they are on the site. Another possibility for being anonymous is by going into incognito mode. The Pirate Bay is illegal, but it’s still pretty safe to use, especially when taking these precautions.
There are several torrent client apps available for free on the Internet. A list of them would include: BitLord, qBittorrent, Vuze, iTorrent, BitTorrent, and other options. Their popularity varies with time, as some apps are updated with the latest technology more promptly than others.
If you don’t know how to choose, then these steps can be of guidance to you:
Step 1: ask friends, other users, and people you may know. They may give you an interesting opinion on what client torrent app is better. Of course, you will find many answers, as preferences vary.
Step 2: now that you know about different possibilities, do an Internet search. There are many sites, such as the TechRadar (https://www.techradar.com/) that offer useful information. Additionally, the articles may provide you with links to downloading sites, from where you can get the selected app directly.
Step 3: consider the different options available. For example, uTorrent comes with some additional paid options. Reflect on the advantages and your budget in order to make the right decision.
Step 4: download and install the app. For example, uTorrent can be downloaded from https://www.utorrent.com/downloads/win, and BitTorrent can be obtained from https://www.bittorrent.com/bittorrent-free. To install, simply follow the provided instructions.
Step 5: try the application. If you are not satisfied with the results, uninstall it. Then, download and install another one. When using an app, it is important to feel comfortable with it, as that is very personal. The good thing about torrent apps is that the options available are many.
BitTorrent is a client torrent app that comes in several different flavors. Here we are going to concentrate on the free version. However, if you want to investigate other options, check their page at https://www.bittorrent.com/compare/bittorrent-pro
The free version contains enough functionality for you to use it with the Pirate Bay. In order to download it, do the following steps:
Step 1: go to the download page (link above) and chose the free option. Click on the “Download Now” button and you will get the installer on your computer.
Step 2: click on the installer. Click on the “Agree” button, wherein the terms and private policy are noted. If you want to install the McAfee Web Advisor, leave the tick on, if you won’t, deselect it. Choose your install options, select your configuration, and wait until the app is installed. Your computer is now ready to use BitTorrent.
Note: if you have more than one client torrent app installed on your computer, ensure that your favorite one is set up as the default app for torrent management.
qTorrent is a project which aims at providing an alternative to uTorrent. It is open source and thus, free of charge. It runs on all major platforms, including FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, OS/2, Windows. If you want to try this app, follow this installation steps:
Step 1: got to the official web site at https://www.qbittorrent.org/download.php There are reports on the internet of pages offering this and other freely available torrent apps, but for a fee. Thus, play it safe by using the official downloading site.
Step 2: select the installer version that you need according to your platform, and download it. Once the installer is on your computer open it.
Step 3: select the language of your preference. qTorrent is available in a wide variety of languages, including Spanish, Hebrew, Italian, French, Mandarin Chinese and many more. Wait for the installer to load the necessary elements. Accept the terms of the license agreement. Select the install options that you want, and click on the “Install” button. Your qTorrent app is ready for use.
Note: the first time that you open the app, you will see a message explaining that qTorrent is a file sharing app, and therefore you will be sharing your downloads with others. Don’t worry, as you can always stop your seeding.
In cases where direct access to the PirateBay’s official site is not possible, such as in some countries where access to it has been forbidden, using a proxy can solve the problem. Follow the steps below and you will be able to understand how to use a proxy.
For this explanation, we will use the proxy available at https://www.pirate-bay.net/ However, bear in mind that many proxy sites are short lived, as some governments and institutions force their shutdown.
Step 1: if you don’t know where to find a proxy, search for a proxy list on the Internet. There are many blogs and forums which contain updated lists. Select one of the available proxies, such as the one provided as an example above.
Step 2: once you have reached the proxy site, you will be prompted to a page that looks almost exactly as the official page.
Step 3: do your search in the same manner as you would proceed on the official site. As proxies are links to the official page, their functionalities are almost exactly the same. However, some links, such as “Register” or “Login” may be unavailable from the proxy.
Step 4: be aware that some proxies include extra ads, which may pop up during your search. Be careful and ignore them, as some users have reported that they may result in unwanted connections to, for example, porn adds. In case that you are unintentionally directed to a site, be precautious and close the window. You never know what to expect from the Internet!