uTorrent Web is a torrent download client that allows you to view the files you are downloading even before the download is finished. Here are some tips to get the most out of uTorrent Web.
The torrent protocol uses the direct connection between a client and a server to share files directly from point to point by means of a client program installed on the computers at both ends. This facilitates that a certain file can be shared directly without having to upload it to any intermediate server.
One of the most popular torrent clients is uTorrent, which after many controversies returns to the bullring with uTorrent Web, an interesting proposal in which you do not need to download the entire video or music file to see it, but you can open it online to see it in streaming as the download is completed.
The torrent protocol is especially useful for the distribution of large files to facilitate their dissemination on the Internet. However, this technology, which in principle is a simple and effective way to extend free knowledge on the Net, can be misused and can bring you some legal problems for downloading copyrighted content.
In certain countries, the illegal distribution of copyrighted content is considered a crime that could bring you to justice in your country and carry prison sentences or multi-million dollar fines. Therefore, make responsible use of this technology and download only content licensed under Creative commons or open source licenses.
Don't fall into the trap when installing it
The first trick for uTorrent Web that you must take into account is that you will have to put it into practice even before starting to use the torrent client, since if you are one of those who do not even look at the screens that appear during the installation, it is very possible that you will install add-ons and programs that you do not need.
Start by downloading the uTorrent Web installer from its official website and running the installer.
After accepting the license to use uTorrent Web, the application to install a series of browser plug-ins that may slow down the browser appears, with the same appearance as the rest of the installation screens.
You can avoid their installation by remaining attentive to this process and, when prompted to install the plug-ins and programs, simply press the Decline button and the installation of uTorrent Web will continue smoothly.
Add torrent files
You can have uTorrent Web open automatically and start downloading the torrent files you've selected. To do this you just have to configure a couple of parameters in the browser, so that it sends the file to uTorrent Web and, on the other hand in the torrent client, so that it is the default torrent client.
5 ways to download torrents without installing any client
As you know, to download a file with any torrent client, you need a small file that contains the indications to connect to the torrent client that is serving the file. They're something like directions to the path the connection must follow to get to the file you want to download. Then, you only have to upload that file to uTorrent Web to start downloading it. There are several ways to do this.
The first and simplest is simply to drag the torrent file you have downloaded onto the uTorrent Web window in your browser. You'll see a box appear in that window indicating that you can drop the file right there to start downloading it.
You can also click on the +Torrent button in the lower right corner of the uTorrent Web player and click the Browse button to find the downloaded torrent file.
Automatically opens torrents from your browser
As we have already mentioned, to download files using the torrent protocol, the torrent client needs the "roadmap" of that file to know how to connect to that file.
When you go to download this torrent file it is very likely that the browser will ask you what you want to do with it: save the file on your disk, so you could add it to uTorrent Web as told you in the previous section, or send it directly to some program so that he takes care of downloading. This second option is the one you are interested in now.
To have your browser send the torrent file directly to your uTorrent Web client, just check the Open with option and select uTorrent Web that will appear as the default. Then a new browser window will open where uTorrent Web will load and start downloading the file.
If uTorrent Web does not appear as the default application, it needs to be configured. In that case, open uTorrent Web and access its settings from the sprocket icon in the upper right corner.
Then scroll down to Advanced Settings and make sure uTorrent Web is your default torrent client.
You can also link torrent files using magnet links. These magnetic links literally attach to your torrent client using a specific encoding in its URL, so you don't need to physically download the torrent file with the connection path.
Tips for uTorrent Web
On the pages that provide the torrent you may find two types of links for the torrent: download the torrent file or the icon of a magnet indicating that it is a magnet link. If you click on the magnet link, a box will open in the browser indicating that the external link must be opened with an application. At the top of the box should indicate that it will open with uTorrent Web.
If not, use the Choose button to search for the uTorrent Web executable on your computer and select it. Then click Open Link, and uTorrent Web will download the file.
Download only what you really need
Most of the time, the torrent file includes downloading several files including product photos, change lists, installation instructions, subtitle files, and more.
All these files make the size of the download somewhat larger than it really should be. So, if you just want to download the file you're interested in, uTorrent Web allows you to turn off the download of the rest you don't need.
To do this just go to the lower area where they list the torrents you are downloading and click on the button Files that appears to the right of each download to display the list of attachments that are included in the download.
Tips for uTorrent Web
To the right of each of these files is an activated switch indicating that they will be downloaded. Click on the switches of the attached files you don't want to download and they will be disabled. That way, only the ones you are really interested in are downloaded, saving download time and disk space.
Change the download folder
By default uTorrent Web sets your computer's Downloads folder as the default destination for saving downloaded files. You can change this destination folder to configure it to your liking.
To do this just open the File Explorer and open the folder where you want to save the files you download from uTorrent Web. Then select the path to that folder by clicking on the address bar of the File Explorer and copy it to the clipboard.
Tips for uTorrent Web
Now, open uTorrent Web and access its settings by clicking on the cogwheel in the upper right corner of uTorrent Web. Here, look for the Default Download Folder section and click the Change button. Next, paste the path of the new folder you copied to the clipboard and press the Save button to apply the changes.
Tips for uTorrent Web
From then on, new downloads will be saved to the new location, but downloads that have already been downloaded will remain in the previous download folder.
Accelerate (or slow down) the download speed of uTorrent Web
Originally, uTorrent Web has a somewhat aggressive configuration that can monopolize all the bandwidth of your computer to download torrents faster but, in return, can block all your attempts to browse or connect to any online service.
How to Increase Torrent File Download Speed
To avoid this, you can set download and upload speed limits on uTorrent Web so that you have a certain margin for your use.
To change these parameters, just access the uTorrent Web configuration section from the top sprocket icon and scroll down to the Advanced Configuration section.
Here you will find the Manage bandwidth section where the upload values are set to 0, which means there is no limit and you will download the torrents using all available bandwidth.
Change the value of these fields adapting them to the connection speed you have contracted, so that you have some margin for your navigation with a minimum of fluidity. You can change these values whenever you want, so if you are not going to navigate, you can reset it to 0 and download the torrents faster.
No trace of downloads
When you've finished viewing or downloading a file from uTorrent Web, there's no reason to keep it occupying space on your computer or to have your uTorrent Web interface filled with items you've already downloaded, but don't need to be kept there. To do this, simply delete it from the Delete button that appears to the right of each download.
However, in the delete confirmation box, there are two options: Which is the best option to delete your uTorrent Web downloads?
Tips for uTorrent Web
With the Remove Torrent option, you remove the download element in the uTorrent Web interface, but the file you downloaded is not removed from the download folder. This option is perfect for cleaning old downloads from the program interface.
The second button in that box is Remove torrent+ data. In this case the deletion is complete and both the download entry and the downloaded file are deleted. Use this option when you have already seen the downloaded file and you don't want to keep it anymore.
With the current hype around ‘Express VPN’, I’ve been looking forward to reviewing their VPN service for a long time. It is one of the most reviewed VPN providers on the internet averaging a 95% critic rating and is consistently recommended by many security professionals as their ‘go-to’ VPN provider.
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The company maintains a high level of anonymity about its company offices and internal team workings. Whether this is a positive or a negative is difficult to tell, but this level of secrecy may prove useful if it ever came under scrutiny from authorities.
‘Express VPN’s relatively new entry to the industry means that they haven’t been around long enough to build a large list of VPN locations. However we have noticed that they are adding new locations at a very speedy rate. During the writing of this review their service have already added two new locations and I bet by the time this review is published they would have added a ton more. At the time of this writing they currently offer over 40 countries and support everything from the popular locations for TV streaming (NetFlix, Hulu, iPlayer etc..) to locations safe for torrenting, ( e.g. South Korea and Romania). ‘Express VPN’ offers the same straight forward approach as ‘Hide My Ass’!; you pay one price and get access to all locations.
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With lots of people using VPN to stream media this is very important; I tested Netflix HD and iPlayer HD streaming using ‘ExpressVPN’ from a range of connections and never experienced any buffering or lag. When connected to the distanced countries like Egypt, I did experience a reduction in speed. I expect a lot of people would see this as a disadvantage, however you need to reevaluate the main reasons why someone would connect to the lesser known online countries. You would want to connect to these countries to be protected by their laws which have greater protection for their user privacies. This means that you don’t have to worry about government spying or DMCA abuse complaints. This is a benefit that I would happily take over a slight reduction in speed; it is a very small compromise to make for complete VPN anonymity .
Installation & Configuration
I won’t go into detail on installing ‘Express VPN’ as it is as straight forward as installing any other windows application. What will be highlighted is the use and interface of the application.
Hands down, this is one of my favourite VPN clients. The UI is very minimal and allows you to get connected to any country as quickly as possible. A great design feature is the listing of VPN locations by country and not by individual servers- which can be in the thousands. If I wanted to connect to the United Kingdom, I’d want the application to just connect me to the least loaded server and present with any other options. ‘Express VPN’ has executed this task flawlessly: quick VPN connections. Power users who like the additional extras and advanced features may feel a bit underwhelmed here, compared to plethora of extras offered by’ Hide My Ass!’. Luckily, as a consumer you have the choice to decide what is more important to you.
‘Express VPN’ has positioned themselves as a premium VPN provider and are priced higher than most other providers. Even so, you are paying for a product that is all round polished to a high standard. Speed, security and ease of use are core areas of a VPN service, which many providers struggle to maintain. Paying a few dollars more to have a peace of mind with a privacy tool is something I wouldn’t compromise on and why I see ‘Express VPN’ as very good value for money.
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In today's business world, the need for access to company data reaches beyond the walls of the office. In order to protect the exchange of data without compromising productivity, your network can be private and secure with one of our adaptable IPSec "Virtual Private Network" (VPN) solutions; but what is an IPSec VPN?
An international group organized under the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) developed the Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) protocol suite to provide security services at the network level. An IPSec tunnel through the Internet protects all data traffic passing through, regardless of the application. IPSec technology is based on modern cryptographic technologies, making possible very strong data authentication and privacy guarantees. IPSec makes possible a secure VPN carved out of the insecure Internet to safely extend your private network through the public Internet. As a standard, IPSec is supported by a number of VPN vendors to allow interoperability.
What is a Mobile User VPN?
A Virtual Private Network can also be used by individual users to access an organization's network from a remote location using the Internet.
For example, a field based service engineer could have access to the call control system and update his call logs from his home PC using a browser to access The Pirate Bay. A teacher could prepare lesson plans at home and then connect to the school network and place the information on a server ready for a class the next day.
So how does it work?
Put simply, to make a VPN, you create a secure tunnel between the two networks and route IP through it.
Here are some diagrams to illustrate this concept:
The Client Router is a UNIX/Linux box acting as the gateway/firewall for the remote network. The remote network uses the local IP address 192.168.12.0. For the sake of a simple diagram, we left out the local routing information on the routers. The basic idea is to route traffic for all of the private networks (10.0.0.0, 172.16.0.0, and 192.168.0.0) through the tunnel. The setup shown here is one way. That is, while the remote network can see the private network, the private network cannot necessarily see the remote network. In order for that to happen, you must specify that the routes are bidirectional.
From the diagram you should also note that all of the traffic coming out of the client router appears to be from the client router, that is, all from one IP address. You could route real numbers from inside your network but that brings all sorts of security problems with it.
The Pirate Bay is known as one of the foremost pirate sites on the World Wide Web. A lot of people love the Pirate Bay proxy because it provides them with a regular stream of reliable, entertaining and informative content that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
But the site has faced and overcome a lot of different challenges in the past without much damage to its overall objective which is to provide media and entertainment for all.
However, its most recent challenge seems particularly difficult to overcome considering how much of an effect it has on the platform’s overall operations. About three months ago, The Pirate Bay closed user registrations in order to prevent spamming.
What is the Pirate Bay?
Shortly after its 2003 inception, The Pirate Bay quickly became a reliable hub of uncensored data. It gave people the power to upload and access all sorts of information, while successfully buffering takedown requests from the powers that be.
For 16 years, The Pirate Bay proxy has been a safe haven for anyone and everyone in the web who wants free access to files, and you only had to create a (free) account in order to upload something.
User Registration Issues
The problem with user registrations reared its head earlier this year causing the site to close them down altogether while figuring out a long-term solution to the problem. The last time a “new” user registered onto the site was back in May 22nd and since then it’s been radio silence from the site on this front and it doesn’t seem like a change is coming at all.
The TPB team did release a statement claiming that their reason for closing registrations was to eliminate malware torrents and the order came from one of the site’s moderators, although the actual act of disabling new user registration was done by an operator known only as “Winston.”
The initial plan, according to reports, was to limit the number of torrents that a single user could upload onto the site in order to prevent site-wide spamming. According to The Pirate Bay, operations would resume and it would be business as usual once this problem was solved.
Clearly, The Pirate Bay hasn’t yet found a reliable solution to the problem because a whole summer has passed since it accepted its last new user registration and it doesn’t seem like an end is in sight for this ban.
As for the Winston character, all that we know is that he’s in charge of taking care of the platform’s backend operations. So far, there has been no word from him on the matter.
The good news is this temporary ban on new user registrations has significantly improved the spam situation. The site is no longer swamped with malware torrents.
The interesting thing is that if you visit the Pirate Bay website, you’ll notice that the registration button is still there, which means they haven’t completely eliminated this function as part of their overall business model.
Now, if you actually try to sign up by inputting your credentials (username and password) into the provided forms, you’ll just be met with a message that says, “Wrong code x. The username and/or e-mail address is already in use.”
Everyone who has tried to sign up as a new user on the site this past summer has dealt with the same issue.
The Future of the Pirate Bay
The Pirate Bay remains one of the most popular online destinations to date. Current users who were already registered don’t seem to have a problem with how things are going.
Perhaps that’s because the lack of new users hasn’t affected their experience of the website. After all, only a few of the site’s current users are known for uploading regular content.
Of course, if you look at Pirate Bay online forums, you’ll find a few complaints here and there. But overall, site users seem pretty satisfied with the platform so far. Plus, anyone that complains seems to get the same response that there’s no word on when user registrations will open again.
All everyone has to do is stay patient and enjoy the site as is.
Besides, all of the users who regularly upload content are active on the site which means new torrents are coming in as usual. Not only that, but users no longer have to worry about spam and malware torrents anymore because that hasn’t been an issue since new user registrations were disabled.
As many of us will recall, The Pirate Bay platform was blocked by Vodafone due to an order issued by the Spanish government back in 2015.
Keep in mind that The Pirate Bay is one of the world’s most popular torrent websites, but it’s not the only one. That’s why the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports is now aiming to completely eliminate the use of over 60 torrent sites by forcing ISPs to block these platforms altogether.
This is sad news for users who rely on The Pirate Bay and Pirate Bay proxy websites to get high-quality content that is otherwise unavailable to Spanish audiences due to different reasons.
What is the Pirate Bay?
The Pirate Bay leads the pack as one of the most used torrent sites and one of the first to be recognized as such and thus “banned” by the authorities.
However, it’s not just the Spanish government that is gunning for the Pirate Bay. There are numerous legal authorities from around the world who are working to limit user access to The Pirate Bay.
Of course, their efforts to completely take the site down have been successfully rebuffed by the Pirate Bay team, as shown by its long operation history and its ability to attract numerous users from around the world.
Still, regulators often include The Pirate Bay in the list of platforms and websites that face complaints and lawsuits from copyright owners. These actions are usually aimed at eventually closing the website down in order to protect the interests and rights of recognized content distributors.
One of the most prominent of these complaints came in 2015 from the Spanish government, who forced Vodafone to make the Pirate Bay domain unavailable to its users. Considering that Vodafone is one of the major ISPs in Spain, this was meant to deal a large blow to the Pirate Bay platform.
Between June 2014 and November 2018, Spain’s Ministry of Culture and Sport has been attempting to block all domains that are connected to The Pirate Bay, especially those that end in .com, .net, .org and .se.
Additional obstructions have been initiated by the Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the National Court as a response to complaints from a number of organizations including but not limited to:
· Commission of Intellectual Property (AKA the Anti-Piracy Commission)
· Promusicae (AKA Productores de Música de España)
· Association of Intellectual Rights Management (aka AGEDI)
Although the Spanish Ministry of Sports and Culture has named any specific targets, the understanding is that their aim is to eliminate websites or platforms that are associated with the Pirate Bay and so far that number is at 60.
Most of them are Pirate Bay proxies or clones that use similar branding, otherwise, the platform itself doesn’t have that many known alternative domains.
According to the Ministry of Culture and Sports Director of Cultural Industries and Cooperation, blocking websites that operate under the Pirate Bay banner is a way to show that the Anti-Piracy Commission is effective at eliminating pirates who constantly break the law by sharing copyrighted content illegally.
According to the court order, internet service providers are required to block access to any and all the listed domains within 72 hours. We don’t yet know which ISPs are affected by this order but we do know that it’ll probably affect your favorite the Pirate Bay proxy.
Wide Spread Internet Blockades
So far, the Anti-Piracy Commission has well over 479 sites that it’s targeting according to the Ministry of Culture and Sports. Interestingly enough, about 92.69% of these websites have since removed any and all incriminating content from their platforms after receiving the official notification, which means the ban no longer applies to them.
The Pirate Bay hasn’t backed down and did not remove any of the so-called infringing content from its site, so it still faces judicial blocking orders from the authorities.
Several Hollywood studios have issued complaints about other popular torrenting sites in Spain which has led to yet another order being issued.
The list of targeted websites in this scenario includes:
· Seriesdanko.to, and;
From what we know, none of these websites are a Pirate bay proxy.
Earlier in the year, Spanish lawmakers issued a court order aimed at getting the country’s top internet service providers to block seven of the major torrent websites, including the ever-popular Lime Torrents and 1337x.
Both websites are notorious among lawmakers for infringing on copyright laws and sharing illegal content and now they’re facing the full brunt of the law.
A decade ago, four men who were believed to be the operators of the Pirate Bay platform, were found guilty of operating the torrenting site and subsequently sent to prison. One of the accused, Per Sunde, stated that the site would continue without them and that’s exactly what happened.
The Fateful Day
It all transpired on the 3rd of March 2009, when Peter Sunde, Carl Lundström, Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij awaited trial for the Pirate Bay case. During the previous night of March 2nd, the site was temporarily down, causing many of its users to lament in worry that the site would be no more now that its creators were behind bars.
Luckily, webmaster Fredrik (TiAMO) brought it back just as he had before even though he was in custody. Fredrik literally repaired the Pirate Bay website in the few minutes he had in the courtroom before sentencing began. The site, and many other Pirate Bay proxy sites have been online since then.
Of course, this act of defiance made matters worse for all three defendants and it’s also what turned them into heroes of the internet underworld, if you will. Lundstrom, who was once a financier fell by the wayside rather quickly, but the other trio held their ground and felt emboldened by the events of the trial.
All three vowed that they would accept their sentence, even while it seemed unfair, and they refused to pay any fines. Sunde was even heard saying that he would rather destroy all his belongings before the authorities saw even a penny of his money. But then again, they couldn’t afford to pay in any case.
Nevertheless, the Pirate Bay continues to exist and thrive today, just as Sunde promised all those years ago in the face of adversity. If you go to thepiratebay.org, you’ll find the site just as it was a decade ago and you’ll be able to access all of the content that’s shared by users on the platform. The trial has in no way stopped the site from operating, despite many attempts to do so.
The Court Case
For the convicted creators of the site, life would become a little more complex over the years. in response to an appeal by the three now three defendants, the court agreed to reduce the sentences of Sunde, Neij and Lundström, on condition that they would agree to pay higher fines to the plaintiffs who represented the entertainment industry.
Svartholm, on the other hand, was noticeably absent from this part of the trial due to medical difficulties. All four of the defendants ended up serving jail time after all, although Sunde, Neij and Svartholm vowed to not go down without a fight.
Also known by their aliases, brokep, TiAMO, and Anakata, the trio continued to maintain their original position, refusing to pay the required fines. For that, they did time in prison.
Now, for copyright holders who consider Svartholm, Neij and Sunde thieves, this act of defiance was met with much disapproval, to put it lightly. However, the trio was perceived as heroes in the online pirate world.
Since then, there has been no mention of their involvement in the Pirate Bay and it’s safe to assume that they’re no longer involved in operating the site. Still, it’s pretty amazing to consider the fact that the site continues to operate 10 years after facing this level of remarkable adversity.
The Pirate Bay Today
The Pirate Bay and Pirate Bay proxy sites continue to be some of the most popular online torrenting platforms in the world, despite repeated attempts to block and eliminate them.
However, this also means that users are stuck using a site that the same graphics and features it had a decade ago. Of course, users aren’t complaining because the Pirate Bay is a reliable torrenting site with a long history backing it, unlike flashy newcomers like ExtraTorrents and KickAssTorrents who’re constantly plagued by problems.
Not only that, but the Pirate Bay is like the digital version of the legendary “hydra.” The site’s main domain remains intact to this day and so are many of its renditions which mirror much of its branding and operations.
So far, there’s no indication that authorities will ever be able to stop the site completely when they can’t even find it in the first place. We don’t know about you, but we think it’s safe to say that the Pirate Bay is the most invincible torrenting website ever created.
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