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Usenet Vs Torrents Essay

938 words - 4 pages

Download speed

The first thing we’re going to take a look at when comparing Usenet vs Torrent, is the the download speed. With torrent (P2P) downloading, you need to rely on other persons to seed so you can download faster. Therefore your downloading speed will be restricted by the amount of seeders. If there are few seeders you’re going to download slower.

With Usenet, your downloading speed isn’t restricted by the amount of seeders and lechers. There’s no restriction. The downloading speed in only limited by your broadband. So if you have a fast internet, you’re going to download movies and shows quick. Usenet speeds are as fast as the end users internet connection.

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As we know 95% of the internet’s population have a Internet connection where the download speed is higher than the upload speed. If you have an download speed of 12 Mbps, the upload speed would be around 1 Mbps. With the ratio 12:1, there’s is no way in the ocean you can download everything you want from torrents. You will always download more than you are able to upload. In this situation, you might be thinking of getting yourself a dedicated server or seedbox, but then the argument that BitTorrent is free disappear. And without this argument, Usenet is superior.

Security

A major concern for many P2P users is the lack of security. It’s a fact that ten thousands have been sued for illegal downloads. Usenet use SSL encryption (Secure Sockets Layer) to secure your privacy. To this day, no one has been sued for illegal activities by using Usenet. As a result Usenet’s security is far more superior.

With torrents, anyone can connect to the tracker and log all the traffic on that tracker if they wish. Not really secure is it? BitTorrent is designed to conect to everyone, everyone upload something, and it’s hard to NOT expose your IP adress. Your IP adress, when using BitTorrent, is at some point exposed, because it has to know where to send traffic… to send files via IP you have to know what the two IP’s are that are talking to eachother about. And since bittorrent depends on a massive swarm of users, it’s easy to hook up a logger to capture active IP’s when you download a torrent. When you’re done, you end up with a list of every single ip that gave you data. You don’t even have to download to get the ips, just query the tracker.

Price

News server access can cost anywhere from 8-11USD for unlimited downloading speed....

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