Many Problems of Torrent Poisoning
Torrent poisoning is something that we’ve talked about quite a lot on our blog so far, but this is because of how big the subject is. It’s very difficult to tell you about everything all in one go so we have no choice but to split it up. In this article, we’re going to be talking about two more methods of torrent poisoning that are used by large corporations whose goal is to prevent you from being able to download files from any torrent service or file sharing application. For the people who haven’t read our other articles yet, we’ll provide a brief description of what it is.
If you’ve ever tried downloading something for a website such as The Pirate Bay you may have found that the download speed is incredibly slow, or when the download has completed it isn’t actually what you’re looking for. You may have even received a letter from one of the media rights companies ordering you to stop. These techniques all come under the term “torrent poisoning”, which is where companies to their best to disrupt your ability to download files from the internet. We’re going to be telling you about two different methods of how they do it in this article.
This technique involves companies advertising to the swarm of peers that they have all of the pieces of data that are required for the data. It artifically inflates the number of seeders there are available, which usually has one of two effects. First of all, users may be tricked into thinking that the torrent is much healthier than it actually is, so they download without realising that they can’t connect to these peers. It also means genuine seeders may quit because they believe the torrent is healthy enough already, thus making it even more difficult for users to genuinely download it. This is a fairly common technique used.
This isn’t used very commonly because it doesn’t have as much effect as the other methods do but when this is done, companies will connect to many peers in the torrent claiming that a large number of chunks are available but no data is ever transferred. The principal behind this is that peers waste time and connections by connecting to these fake users and thus makes it more difficult and more time consuming to find the genuine seeders they want to download from. Our Ares download does a good job of stopping these types of attacks in the P2P network so this is probably better than using the torrent protocol.
In conclusion, torrent poisoning is something you really should be concerned about if this is the way you download files, although personally we think there are many problems with using this. You can find obtaining files being much difficult if any large corporations wants to halt you from taking the action you want, we’ve already told you many ways they do this in practice. The P2P network we offer is completely free from these techniques because the technology behind it is much more advanced, the BitTorrent protocol is very old now. Our Ares free download is constantly updated to give new and exciting features and making downloading songs, movies and games easier and quicker all the time, so we recommend you get involved and install it today.