Peer-to-Peer networking, commonly known as P2P, is a quick and reliable way to share files with a large number of internet users.
Generally, when you wish to download a file, you access a dedicated server or a network of servers from where you choose your desired file. With Peer-to-Peer in place, any individual who downloads a file(s) becomes an uploader by default. This makes the entire concept of P2P file-sharing well-organized and easy for all to access when needed.
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Peer-to-Peer networks have been a core part of the file-sharing community for years now and boast numerous advantages, but as with any other application architecture, they have certain disadvantages as well.
Since the file information gets collected from several sources, the P2P file-sharing application is able to download that very information from different sources simultaneously. This speeds up the downloading and uploading process.
As P2P involves multiple computers that share the information stored on them, the database of information available is enormous than any other search you make online. A P2P database hosts numerous files that won’t be available if you search for them otherwise which is why they’re popular in nature.
You’re connected to a peer and downloading from them and they disconnect from the internet, you have the convenience of a backup through another peer who is serving the same file. In other words, you never have to wait for a single host to go online as the P2P algorithm ensures that you get served the files no matter what.
When you’re downloading files from P2P channels via servers, you will experience a noticeable decrease in internet speed on your device. The primary reason is that your internet speeds are dedicated to downloading the P2P files for file-sharing or downloading the content. If your P2P application is up and running, it will consume bandwidth while downloading (leeching) files, or sharing (seeding) it with other networked users that need access to files you have stored on your device. This may mean that the rest of your network becomes slow as a result.
Security is the main concern as P2P channels/clients are open, allowing anyone to join, exposing your IP address, putting greater risk on the security of your devices. Malware is the most common form of software that could pose tremendous risks to your devices and data When using P2P to download files, you must take extreme caution as you’re unsure of the information coming from others’ devices.
P2P is so ubiquitous that more and more people are connecting to leech and seed files. Instead of taking the whole file from one user, you’re taking smaller pieces from hundreds or thousands of others. Even if they only have a little bandwidth of server or servers to spare for you, the combined connections support you to get the maximum speed possible. Then you, in turn, contribute to distribute the file to anyone who connects to a P2P client/server. But when doing this unprotected, you’re naked, and this is dangerous when we’re dealing with files that aren’t necessarily intended for mass distribution.
Why is P2P still widely used?
When used for its intended purpose, P2P serves the following distribution methods.
- To download any live TV news videos, and full-length public domain films, music, and books
- Public Distribution for accessing public data like the Internet Archive
- Downloading Linux Distributions
- Exploring Academic Datasets
- Share large amounts of corporate data
- Pushing software updates.
But given its availability, it's very easy to share your IP address with other users. as you’re entitled to know who is connecting to you and who you’re connecting to Your ISP also can detect IP address traffic that you are using P2P platforms and often frown upon the activity; either they will ban you or set bandwidth throttling limits which can only be evaded after connecting to a P2P optimized VPN server.
PureVPN boasts self-engineered and self-optimized servers that are designed with keeping P2P traffic capability in mind:
• PureVPN secures your IP address when you’ve enabled our VPN servers. When you log onto PureVPN, you’ll be connected to the best possible server for your needs, and your real IP will be masked. You’ll then be given a virtual IP for P2P traffic. That means when someone shares files with you, they’ll be sharing with your VPN IP, not your ISP-issued IP, which will stay hidden behind the scenes and keep you safe. PureVPN also has a kill switch feature to block internet access in the event of sudden disconnections to the VPN. This way, you can still stay completely private. With a VPN, a virtual IP keeps your real identity confidential, and your online activities stay private, so no matter what you do online, be it sharing files or transacting online, no one will see what you’re up to.
• PureVPN protects you from bandwidth throttling as it creates an encrypted tunnel between a user and a VPN server, so your ISP doesn’t see what traffic is going through and thus has no need to throttle you. When connected to our reliable VPN service, you can get around regional limitations, gaining instant access to download the files that are unavailable in your region because those platforms will be unable to detect your ISP and know where you are physically located.
• When accessing the internet for torrenting purposes, use a VPN to ensure you’re completely secure. PureVPN will connect you to a P2P optimized network, so any and all files you download or send over the P2P networks server are strongly secured with the highest grade AES 256-bit encryption.
• PureVPN's Internet Kill Switch is designed to prevent your internet connection from leaking your personal information in case the VPN connection drops. Let’s assume you’re downloading a file and the VPN connection, for whatever reason, disconnects. Your IP could immediately be exposed to the other people you’re connected to, but not with IKS. Your connection remains secure by terminating internet access even after you encounter a disconnection.
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