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BitTorrent lovers everywhere have been facing quite a bit of adversity from Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Since the words “torrent” and “piracy” seem to go hand-in-hand these days, ISPs have recently resorted to throttling or even blocking BitTorrent traffic. What do you do when you’re stuck in a situation like that? If you’re anything like the rest of the Internet users out there, you find a new way to download your files.
BitTorrent is a protocol for file transfer. Rather than download files directly from one source to the user’s computer, a user connects to multiple other sources, or “seeds,” that have partial or full copies of the files they are trying to download. The download process is usually initiated by opening a torrent file that defines where to look in order to determine which other users in the network have the files the user wants. The program that opens these torrent files is called a BitTorrent client. The client then begins to download the files from the other users in the network. In this manner, the BitTorrent protocol is implemented as a peer-to-peer network.