This might sound unbelievable at first, but the bitter truth is that the greed of torrents might risk your computer!
First of all let me ask you
Why do you depend on torrents for downloading stuff?
If you want a free and legal app, you would surely find it directly using a search engine. Right?
You want to download paid apps for free. Or you want a game which costs you something actually for free. You might even want your favourite movie (btw, there are other alternatives for movies, such as 123movies app)
Even if you use torrents legibly, they are still harmful!
I caught you this time! HAHAHA!
And you should know the fact that what you are doing here is ILLEGAL!
Are some ISPs mad to prevent you from downloading torrents if you use them for connecting to the world wide web?
Of course not!
They want to prevent illegal acts happening and that is the reason why they do it.
Now, you might think that
I agree with the fact that this is illegal, but how will it harm my computer?
There are three simple and plain reasons for it!
But before that, let me specify that torrents are not harmful, but the files attached to it might be!
Ok! Ok! I wouldn’t say more on introduction. Let’s get to the reasons!
1. Peer-to-Peer exchange system can bring in viruses
As the seeders increase, the download speed increases as one can download bits of files from different sources!
Now you might wonder about the bad side!
Let me explain it through an answer to a related question at Yahoo! Answers.
2. Your computer can be hacked
When you download a torrent, your IP address can be seen by everyone.
If a hacker find your IP address and notices that your firewall is turned off, he can come into your PC and get all your data!
The hacker finds your private IP through your public one and then attempts to enter to your system. Wolaa! He then gets access to all your data.
Hackers sometimes even pay torrent uploaders for that!
The greed of getting an application worth $20 for free might risk all your important stuff.
Are you willing to give away your personal data, account info etc. like that?
Of course not!
3. You can get into legal trouble
This is where the government steps in and wins!
Wondering how? Government officials sometimes keep track of torrent files with illegal content and find out who all are downloading that. They note your IP address and report it to your ISP. You then receive a notice from your ISP stating that you’ve been caught!
Remember, you won’t get another chance.
Thus, exposing your IP is equal to giving away your home address……