Kickass torrents was once the 69th most visited website on the internet, which is pretty impressive. But recently, it all came crumbling down for kickass when Apple Inc. lodged complaints against Artem Vaulin, the owner. Apple Inc. wanted the identity and information of a user who had downloaded an ITunes music album through KAT.
Mr. Vaulin was arrested in Poland and the KAT website domains were sized and taken offline.
While KAT was an instrumental avenue for torrent download, there are other websites that you can still get the service. Below, we are going to look at how to keep yourself safe while downloading torrents and kickass torrent alternatives.
Herein are a few of the safety tips when you’re looking to torrent files;
Check out the comments section
The internet is great for sharing pictures, music and all other kinds of files, but, it’s also a great source of information. You can utilize the comments section to tell you more than just the quality of the file you wish to download. More often than not, people who downloaded the files prior to you will have something to say. If for instance, you see comments warning about downloading the torrent, steer clear off it.
Use a Virtual Private Network
If you can, purchase a VPN. What this will do is hide your IP address, making it difficult for anyone to find your identity or locale. You can purchase a VPN, but ensure you check for its credibility as there have been reported cases of users still getting warning emails despite using a VPN.
Shun the prevalent torrents
It’s enticing to pick the most downloaded torrent. True, this may be the best in terms of quality, but keep in mind that the most downloaded torrent is also the most monitored. You risk receiving warning emails if you choose the top layer torrent. The best way is to go lower on the list, look for a torrent that doesn’t have quite as many downloads while still maintaining quality. If that isn’t an applicable solution, then ensure you have a VPN.
Do not respond
If you get an intimidating letter and/or email, do not respond to it. If you react to the email or letter, you will confirm your existence and your concern. You also admit that you are the person targeted by the said email, therefore accepting responsibility. Since they send a large number of mail, nearly all of the ignored ones die down.
Now that you know how to keep yourself safe while downloading torrents, let’s look at a few alternatives and you can get downloading.
ExtraTorrent has gained popularity amidst the torrent communities after alleged rumors that it was the home to the ETRG and EETV release groups. ExtraTorrent has a wide range database that offers movies, TV shows, games, books and more.
ExtraTorrent is a great alternate to KAT as it has an appealing and user-friendly interface that eases your work. It also has an FAQ tab to help you with navigation of the site.
Unfortunately, just as I was writing this, it looks like ExtraTorrent was shut down. Permanently.
Torrent Hound is not as popular as KAT or ExtraTorrent, nonetheless, it is a great alternate for all torrent lovers. It offers great results when looking for the latest movies and the TV series shows.
Isohunt comes as a great substitute to KAT as it offers downloaders with solutions to maximize their privacy while downloading files. Apart from their massive torrent library, they also have a community that you can sign up to and be involved in the group’s discussions.
It comes highly recommended for music and book lovers.
It offers a great alternative to KAT, but you shouldn’t confuse it with the more popular YIFY or YTF group. The official YTF and YIFY group owners have been categorical in separating themselves from the YTS.AG domain.
YTS.AG offers all categories of YIFY torrents in 720P, 1080P and 3D qualities using YTS movie torrents.
The Pirate Bay
TBP suffered the same case as that KAT is currently facing, but was able to make a comeback in early 2015. The return saw a better service and more torrents. It hosts a huge library in comparison to other alternatives but doesn’t quite match kickass torrents’ library.
You can also check out KAT clones. Such include; kat.how, torrentz2.eu, kickass.cd and kickasstorrents.to.
And remember to observe the safety rules while downloading any torrents.