Even though the standard has been around for almost nine years, the world of BitTorrents is still a mysterious thing to a lot of people.
When it comes to downloading files off of the internet, most people still use the traditional way of going to a web site and just downloading the file like they would normally do.
Some people who may be a little more technically inclined may use one of the file sharing services like Kazaa to download files off of the net.
But if you are a person that really knows computers then there are two ways that you are going to go – either use the Usenet service that has been around for ages or use bittorrent.
Even though bittorrent still remains somewhat an underground phenomenon, it is still popular enough that people make many versions of the client.
Since the bittorrent client is an open protocol, anyone who feels like it can make their own version of it and can build it and use it themselves.
Software and protocols being open like this is usually a good thing but there have been some bad guys that have tried to take advantage of this.
They have created their own version of a bittorrent client and use it to spread malware to unsuspecting users’ computers.
The tainted software does this by either pretending to be a real client when it isn’t, or it is a real client but it sends unauthorized downloads to your computer.
Either way, both of these tricks can give a new user to bittorrent a bad impression about the software and the overall community itself.
So, to make sure that you download a client that is safe, here is what you should do -
The first thing that you can do to make sure that your client is safe is to go to a site that is well known and retrieve the client from there.
If you look at a web site such as download.com or any other like that, you will find dozens of bittorrent clients waiting to be downloaded.
This way you know the software is safe and has been tested.
Another thing that you can do is to go and visit some forums to see what clients they are using.
Ask the people for a link and you will surely be able to come up with a decent client to use.
Once you start trying to find out what client you want to use, you will hear certain names that come up over and over again.
Try a couple of these clients and see which one that you like the best.
When a new person is entering the world of downloading torrents there is a steep learning curve to get past.
Learning how to pick a safe client to use should not be on that list.
Once you have a client remember also that there are some dangers inherent in downloading torrents.