Top 25 Best Torrenting Sites (2020)

Torrent sites are the unmatched source for downloading songs, videos, movies, books, games, etc free of charge. They provide easy access to otherwise unavailable material on the internet. Most countries in the world frown upon the illegal distribution of material on the internet. Therefore, they prohibit torrent use as well as the distribution of such material. However, most of the material found on torrenting sites are safe and totally legal.

How Do Torrent Sites Work?

That’s a good question. However, torrent sites are just one part of the whole torrenting process. So, the better question is, “how does torrenting work?”

Normally, when you download something over the Internet, you connect to the server where the file is stored with the help of the website that facilitates the download. You click the ‘Download’ option and ask the website to tell the server to download the requested file onto your device.

In other words, the file you are downloading is hosted by a server.

This is the ‘server to client’ download system. Here, the server is the digital device that hosts the file and you are the client.

Torrent works in a completely different way. It uses the ‘peer-to-peer (P2P)’ technology instead of the ‘server to client’ system. Here, you are downloading from the people (like you and me) and not from a server. Therefore, I also enjoy calling it ‘people to people’ download.

The biggest difference between server-to-client and peer-to-peer is that with the latter (P2P), you do not rely on a single person. Instead, you download different chunks of the file simultaneously from multiple peers (or people). For all you know, you could be downloading from John, Joe, James all at the same time.

Before we get into this further, let me introduce you to the two very commonly used terms in the world of torrenting – Seeder and Leecher.

They are indeed incredibly simple terms to understand.

Seeder is the person who is uploading the file
Leecher is the person who is downloading the file

They are named aptly so! But, don’t feel bad about being a leecher. You could contribute to the P2P community by being a seeder while still downloading. Every downloader can opt to be a seeder.

In order to connect to the peer to peer torrent network and to download or seed files, you need a torrent client. Presently, uTorrent is the most popular torrent client. BitTorrent is also one of the most widely used torrenting applications.

So, you simply need to get one of the torrent applications, such as uTorrent, use the torrent file with it and download the file you want to.

So, what role do these torrent sites play?

The torrent sites give you access to the torrent files, which you use with the torrent clients like uTorrent or BitTorrent.

Higher the number of seeders, the faster is the download. One of the factors that determine the effectiveness of a good torrent site is its ability to look up for torrent files with a high number of seeders.

Once you are on one of these torrent sites, the first thing you do is search for the file you want to download. Every torrent site has the search option.

You are likely to find multiple options in the search results (sometimes even in hundreds). The idea is to find the genuine torrent file (covered in the section How to Spot Fake Torrents) with plenty of seeders.

When you find the desired torrent file, you could download it on your device and later open it with BitTorrent or any other client you use. The other option is to choose the Magnet link with the torrent file on the torrent site. The Magnet link opens the torrent file directly with the client without you having to download the file.

Now, all you need to do is wait for the download to complete.

How to Search and Download Torrents

The simplest way to search for a torrent is via Google. Type your query in the text field and add the keyword “torrent.” Google will automatically display results for your desired query. You can select the link that suits your needs, and use any one of the above-mentioned torrent clients to easily download torrent files on your system.

How to Spot Fake Torrents

Most torrent websites provide the users with information regarding the differences between a fake torrent and a real one. These torrenting sites require the help of users to identify fake torrent links. If such information is not provided by a torrent website, the user can identify a fake torrent by themselves. The user should check the seeder/leecher ratio of the link while looking for healthy torrents on the websites.

Real torrents usually have a large seeder to leecher ratio. Most websites update torrent links by displaying a verified status on these links, which help differentiate fake torrents from real ones. Apart from this, never fall into the trap of downloading the ‘most recent’ uploads. There are fewer chances of getting a recently released movie or audio via torrents. As these are unavailable to the public initially, the uploader can often mislead the user.

A good rule of thumb is to not download files with WMV or VMA extension, as they are usually fake. Moreover, torrent users should always check the status of the RAR, TAR and ZIP files that they download to prevent a possible scam.

Before we start with the list of top torrent sites, take a look at the legal disclaimer

Disclaimer & Torrent Legal Warning

FireStickTricks.com does not approve of the illegal sharing of any copyrighted content. Before we proceed, note that P2P File Sharing is a legal process as a majority of the shared files are copyrighted. In case you upload any of these copyrighted files, you are at risk of a civil lawsuit in countries including the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia to name a few.

Such lawsuits are targeted at a group of users or individuals as per discretion. The P2P civil lawsuits are a criminal offense and can cause an emotional and financial burden on the defendants.

Furthermore, Internet Service Providers can release history of all your upload and download activities to copyright plaintiffs. In a nutshell, the more data you upload and download, the higher the probability of facing a lawsuit by copyright protection groups.

Best Torrent Sites 2020

1. The Pirate Bay

Termed as the “King of Torrents” the Pirate Bay is one of the best torrent websites for downloading torrents off the internet. The Pirate Bay provides easy access to audio, video, movie, songs, software, games and much more. Users can easily skim through thousands of links related to their search and find the one that is best suited for them. The Pirate Bay is notorious for evading multiple shutdowns and blocks from the government and is, therefore, the best torrent site available on the internet.

Moreover, the VIP users or trusted user badges available on the website allow users to differentiate between legitimate links and scams. The website even provides support for magnet links, with a simple interface that is not only easy to use but is also easy to navigate through.

Site URL – https://thepiratebay.org/

2. YTS

Link – https://yts.am/

YTS.am is another popularly used torrenting site. The site is the unofficial successor to the now-defunct YTS and YIFY group. The website features an extensive list of movies, including classics and the latest releases. Due to its minimalistic design and friendly user interface, the website is a perfect match for users with limited bandwidth.

The site is the go-to place for movie torrents. Even the movie torrents downloaded from YTS are easy on the bandwidth of the user, thus becoming a favorite of movie enthusiasts. YTS has a massive user base, which helps the BitTorrent protocol work in a more effective and efficient manner.

3. 1337x

Website – https://1337x.to/

The third most popular torrent website of 2018, according to the TorrentFreak news blog, was 1337x. The website features a simple user interface with an organized path for each of its directories. Fresh content is uploaded to the website every hour, making the website one of the most used torrent download sites available. The site not only features an excellent collection of movies, television shows, audio, video, games, software, and songs, but it can also help the user find what they’re looking for.

1337x underwent massive changes to help improve some of the security features for the ease of access of the users, which also helped improve the interface. Therefore, it is our third pick for finding torrents on the internet while being a good combination of an organized interface with a variety of torrents.

4. RARBG

Site – http://rarbg.to/

Found in 2008, RARBG is another torrent download site, which started out as a Bulgarian tracker, now helping facilitate users with peer-to-peer file sharing via BitTorrent protocol. The website provides torrent file downloads, with support for magnet links, as well. It has thousands of active users and provides a lot of seeds. You can find both, old and new, torrents making RARBG one of the most preferred torrent websites for songs, games, software, movies, videos, and audio files.

RARBG constantly updates and adds new torrents on its website. The high traffic on the website has helped the website earn a position on the block list of many countries such as Bulgaria, Denmark, the United Kingdom, and Portugal. Thus to use RARBG, you will have to use a VPN first.

5. Nyaa.si

Site – https://nyaa.si/

Nyaa is a Chinese resurrection of the anime previously notorious anime torrent site Nyaa. Nyaa shut down in 2017, opening a pathway for Nyaa. The site features all kinds of anime videos and audios that can be easily accessed via the user-friendly interface of the website. The website features support for both its Chinese and English speaking users.

6. Torrentz2

Link – https://torrentz2.eu/

Torrentz2.eu is a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine that combines the results from dozens of search engines. It features a simple and easy to use interface with an extensive torrent library of more than 61 million torrents. Torrentz2 was launched as a stand-in for the original Torrentz.EU website. The website now maintains a low profile.

It still includes some of the features of the original Torrentz website. Torrentz2 is one of the best and most reliable trackers available on the internet.

7. EZTV

URL: https://eztv.io/

If you have spent some time in the torrenting world, you must have probably already heard of EZTV. It is a torrent provider that has been visible on almost all the major torrenting sites. Now, they have their own site.

EZTV is one of the rare torrent sites designed only for the TV Shows. You will find just about every TV show torrent available for download on this site. It supports both direct and magnet download.

Even though they have a good collection of shows, there aren’t a lot of seeders, even for the latest episodes. Also, they may not always have the 1080p videos. Most of their torrents are limited to 720p.

8. LimeTorrents

Site link – https://www.limetorrents.info/

Based on user reviews this site has one of the largest torrent databases on the internet. Users can easily determine if a torrent is worth downloading. LimeTorrents features a user-friendly interface with torrents that come from bigger and better trackers. The website features a list of internal lists that allow the user to look at the date the torrent was added, its size, seeder, and the health meter for each torrent.

Users are able to get access to an extensive information page for each torrent to learn more about the torrent file. Old torrents are mostly unavailable at this site, and therefore the site can be used as a backup option for downloading torrents. The LimeTorrents.cc operator also runs the cache for the torrent website iTorrents. This torrent cache is used by various other torrent search engines.

9. Torrent Downloads

Visit Website – https://www.torrentdownloads.me/

torrent downloadsThe huge database and content combined with the straightforward yet detailed interface, make Torrent Downloads a good choice. The website features a variety of categories to download from, thus making it a good choice for downloading torrents. The website gives the option to comment and rate the torrent files. The comments and ratings help reduce the presence of fake files on the website.

The search bar on Torrent Downloads even features an Advanced Search option. The Advanced Search feature allows users to narrow the search results, on the basis of category, provider and status. You can find details about a specific torrent link including uploader name, upload date, distributor, size of the file, number of seeds, and the health of the link. This information allows you to determine the overall authenticity of a torrent link.

10. KATCR.CO

URL – https://katcr.co/

KATCR is the official site for kickass torrent download. The website features a variety of torrents available for downloading movies, television, games, music, and much more. The latest torrents are updated into the database on a regular basis. Many mirrors of the website exist, however, this is the official site, which provides simple and easy access to all your torrenting needs.

The website KATCR features a very simple interface with a single search bar and the categories that you would like to select from. The website is straight forward, easy to use and users can easily find the torrents that they are searching for. The website even features a signing in option on the front page.

11. Zooqle

Website Link – https://zooqle.com/

Zooqle features an impressive database composed of more than 3.5 million torrents. The website features a variety of audio, video, games, and software torrents. The website has gained popularity only recently, due to its database of between 37, 000 movies and 600+ television shows.

The interface of the website is simple yet easy to use. The site has a loyal fan base that uses the torrent website for a continuous download of torrents. The website has remained under the radar for quite a long time. However, with the growth of the user base on the website, Zooqle is expected to grow even further.

12. Torrents.io

Website – https://torrents.io/

Despite the availability of thousands of different torrent websites on the internet, Torrents.io, enjoyed a massive shoot in traffic, as users visited the site for downloading thousands of torrents. The website features an enormous database of torrents that can be easily downloading via the site’s simple user interface. Torrents.io is a meta-search engine that can link torrent files and magnet links from other torrent sites.

You can find details about a specific torrent link including uploader name, upload date, distributor, size of the file, number of seeds, and the health of the link. This information allows you to determine the overall authenticity of a torrent link.

13. Torrent Galaxy

Visit – https://torrentgalaxy.org/

Torrent Galaxy is another torrent downloading website that can help you search for the torrent you are looking for. Featuring a fast and varied database, Torrent Galaxy has a variety of categories you can download from. The website features anime, books, games, movies, songs, applications, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports shows, and much more. The user interface is a clean user-friendly layout that helps the user download the best available torrent.

14. ETTV Torrents

Site – https://www.ettv.tv/home/

ETTV Torrents is one of the few torrent sites that has a huge database of television episodes. Users can easily find the latest television shows on ETTV Torrents and download them. ETTV Torrents is also the best torrent site for downloading movies, books, software, and audio.

The site has an easy to use interface which is pretty straightforward. Users can easily search for the torrent they want and the website easily skims through their huge database. The website features a variety of shows in different languages, therefore appealing to a far larger audience than other torrenting websites.

15. Torlock

Website – https://www.torlock2.com/

One of the rare websites, but one of the top torrenting sites on the internet is Torlock. The website features a huge database of verified torrents. The website mostly features torrents for music, anime, and e-books among many other files. The interface for the website is clean, user-friendly and is updated for each new torrent release. Besides being a large database of verified torrents, Torlock pays its users for finding any fake torrent link.

The website claims to have more than five million verified torrents. The website even features a Top 100 list, showing all the popular torrent downloads. Most of the content on Torlock is hard to find on any other torrent website, and therefore, makes Torlock the go-to stop for any kind of torrent.

16. Torrentfunk

Site Link – http://www.torrentfunk.com/

Another popular website for downloading torrents is Torrentfunk. The website not only features a sizeable database of torrents from all across the internet, but it also features a verification status indicator. The verification status allows users to filter through fake links and select the one that is best suited for their use. Besides the verification status, Torrentfunk even features one of the most advanced user reviews sections. The section allows users to read and post a comment on their favorite links.

The website even features the date on which the torrent link was added, the name of the uploader, the number of seeds and the health of the seed. Overall, the website is a package for anyone who is looking for a single place to find all their favorite music, movies, software or games.

17. ETTV Torrents

URL: https://ettvtorrents.com/

This is another torrent site dedicated to TV Shows. If you are looking to download movies, you will need to try one of the other options on this list of best Torrent sites.

You will find a lot of popular TV shows and episodes on this website. However, it may not have recently released episodes. It usually takes a few weeks before the episodes are available after their release.

ETTV has also been a known name in the world of torrenting. Their torrents are available on other torrent sites too.

Sadly, they also do not offer many 1080p downloads. Thankfully, magnet download is available, which makes things a bit easier.

18. BTDigg

Link – https://btdig.com/

Launched in January 2011, BTDigg is the first BitTorrent DHT search engine. BTDigg does not rely on any torrent files, but rather relies on the use of BitTorrent’s DHT for searching new files. The website features a simple retro interface that provides users with the full-text search over active torrents via the web interface. BTDigg collects torrent metadata and analyses the DHT network. The main advantage of using BTDigg is that there are no torrents involved and no content is stored. BTDigg’s web search supports queries in multiple Asian and European languages. All you get to see on its homepage is a search box. The search results of BTDigg display detailed information on the torrents.

19. iDope

Link – https://idope.se/

iDope is a decent option to get access to both Movies and Shows torrents. Although the site does not have as many seeders as the top torrent sites on this list, it still downloads acceptably fast. It lines up the download options from many trusted torrenters.

The magnet download makes sure you could start downloading the content directly without having to download the torrent file first.

You may not find many 1080p quality videos here. However, if you are looking for small-sized videos in 720p, there are plenty of options.

20. Monova

Site Link – https://monova.org/

A great torrenting site, Monovo features a clean and nice interface, while allowing users to access thousands of torrents on the internet. However, the website features a lot of advertisements, that can cause issues, but this website is a good place for downloading torrents. Users can even register on the website and upload their own torrent files. The website features a wide range of categories to choose from, thus making the site a good torrenting option.

21. Sky Torrents

Link – https://www.skytorrents.to/

Another important website on our list is Sky Torrents. This torrent downloading website features a massive database and a clean and straightforward interface without bombarding the users with advertisements. Sky Torrents is a favorite of anyone who wants to enjoy maximum privacy, with minimalistic tracking. It even accepts donations from users in the form of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin or ethereum. According to the website, Sky Torrents features 21, 841, 003 torrents in the index, thus making the database a fairly large one.

22. YourBittorrent

Website – https://yourbittorrent.com/

YourBittorrent is another infamous torrent database on our list. The website has a controversial history. The site was originally found in 2003 and was created as a collaboration between two partners. Eventually, the founder had to shut down the original website due to unknown reasons.

In 2009, a similar website resurfaced named YourBittorrent. The website features a simple interface that can easily be accessed by anyone. The interface is easy to use and is fairly straight forward. The links are mostly verified and show the date the link was added to the website. The site features more than a million torrent links, and this number is rapidly growing, day by day. Due to its popularity, the website is banned in Portugal and the United Kingdom.

23. BitPort

Link- https://bitport.io/

BitPort is a freemium torrenting site. Meaning, it allows limited free downloads. You can buy a subscription plan for increased bandwidth and added features.

You need to create an account with BitPort in order to start using the service. The free plan allows up to 1GB cloud storage, has only 1 download slot, and limits you to 1 torrent per day. The download speeds are not guaranteed. Also, it does not offer any security as there is only HTTP access and no antivirus control.

The paid plans start at $5 per month and 30GB cloud storage. With paid plans, you get more slots, more download speed, unlimited torrents, and more security.

Bitport also has a 30-day money-back guarantee.

24. Toorgle

Website – http://www.toorgle.com/

Toorgle is a meta-search engine that links to over four hundred torrent websites. The site provides easy access to torrent websites and their databases from all across the internet. Toorgle features a Firefox search bar and a Facebook plugin, making the website easy to use and accessible from within the browser. It also informs users regarding the health of the torrent link, download speed, and the number of downloads.

25. DirtyTorrents

Link – https://dirtytorrents.com

Dirty Torrents is the place from where you can download Shows, Movies, Audio, Apps, Games, and more. It is much like the search engine of torrents. It shows you the torrents from popular sites like The Pirate Bay, LimeTorrents, 1337x, Torlock, and more. These sites are already on our list.

With a substantial number of seeders, decent download speeds, and many verified torrenters, Dirty Torrents easily makes it to our list of best torrent sites.

The minimal interface of this website makes it easy for you to get started. You can browse the content by category or simply type in the keywords to find what you are looking for.

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How to install Tempest Kodi addon

Tempest Kodi addon takes only a couple of minutes to install. However, you must first set up your Kodi to allow its installation. That you can do by following the steps below:

#1. Launch Kodi app. Next, click the gear icon on the top-left and open the Kodi Settings

#2. Open System if you use Kodi 18 Leia. If you have Kodi 17.6, click System settings instead

#3. Select Add-ons option and if Unknown Sources is disabled, turn it ON

#4. Next, click Yes when you see the following warning. Don’t worry about it. Tempest Kodi addon is safe

 

You have set up Kodi to install any third-party addon including Tempest. We will get started now.

 

Tempest Addon: Installation Steps

Here are the steps to install Tempest addon on Kodi:

#1. Click Settings on the home-screen of Kodi again

#2. Choose File manager

 

 

 

 

#3. Click and open Add source on the next window

#4. Click the spot on the next window where you see <None>

 

 

 

 

#5. Enter the source link https://tempest0580.github.io/ on the next screen exactly as I have provided
Click OK

 

 

 

 

#6. Highlight the text box that says Enter a name for this media source. In this box, type the name of the source, which could be anything you like. Say, I choose tempest

Click OK when your screen looks like the following image

Up until this point, you supplied Kodi with the source link. Now we use this link to install the Tempest Repo

 

#7. Press back repeatedly until you are back to the home-screen of Kodi
Click Add-ons option on the left

 

 

 

 

#8. On the top-left of the screen, you will see an open-box button/icon. It is Package installer. Click it

 

 

 

 

#9. Select Install from zip file next

 

 

 

 

#10. Go ahead and click tempest or the name you typed in when you added the source

 

 

 

 

#11. Click the repository.tempest-x.x.x.zip file that you see on the next screen.

When I was writing this guide, the version number of this file was 0.0.3. If it has changed, click it anyway.

 

 

 

 

#12. Now, wait for the Tempest Repo to install. You will see the allation confirmation sliding out from the top-right

 

Tempest Repo has been installed. We will now install the Tempest Kodi addon from the repo

#13. On the same window, click Install from repository

 

 

 

 

#14. Open Tempest Repo

 

 

 

 

#15. Click Video add-ons

 

 

 

 

#16. Open Tempest

#17. Click Install button (on the bottom-right)

 

 

 

 

#18. If you have Kodi 18, click OK when the following prompt is displayed. Kodi 17.6 users will not see this prompt

#19. Wait for the notification Tempest Add-on installed to be displayed on the top-right of the screen. This confirms that Tempest addon has been successfully installed on Kodi

The Tempest Addon is successfully installed on your device.

What is a VPN?

A VPN is an Internet privacy and security service rapidly growing in popularity as people recognize its necessity.

VPNs encrypt all your data then route your Internet connection through a private server. These services support you in hiding your identity, location, online activities, and data.

Virtual private networks are required tools if you value security and privacy. This is due to Internet diversification—growing exponentially into areas of the human psyche most of us would rather avoid.

Also, the activity of corporate control over lawmakers steadily erodes personal freedoms online. When a corporation stops growing, it loses investors and dies. Their growth requirement inevitably leads to profiteering activity. This legalization of profiteering activity also makes necessary the support of secure VPN services for privacy and protection.

Your iOS and Android smartphone, Windows, and MacOS devices are listening to everything you say and tracking everything you do. Corporate lobbyists have made this perfectly legal. Corporate marketers have even convinced most people this invasion of privacy is good for them.

The best VPNs let you have the convenient support of Internet services and devices without loss of privacy.

Can You Explain VPN in Easily Understood Terms?

Explaining how VPNs work to protect privacy by using only technically correct words usually gets me a lot of blank stares, so I’ve found a way to simplify the explanation.

I’ll describe this as a trip to the shopping mall without anyone seeing you, what shops you’re going to, what you purchase, where you came from, or even if you went to the mall at all.

First, let me introduce the basic privacy components of an encrypted tunnel (VPN service).

VPN Components Explained

I like to think of VPN service as two network security tools working together to protect and hide your private data, local IP address, and all your online activities from any privacy invasion. These are each very easy to explain with a few artistic liberties taken.

VPN service is actually provided by two apps. One, the local client, is installed on your network access device and the other on a remote Internet server.

All of your input data and queries sent to the web first go through your locally installed virtual private network client. This includes any URL, login and password, credit card number, or email content along with any and every other information you input.

Your private local VPN connections, whether on a router, Android smartphone, iPhone, Windows or MacOS computer system, tablet, or any other Internet device will then encrypt this data with the protocol of your choice. Most of the leading VPNs use a 256 bit AES encryption algorithm that the NSA, CIA, FBI, and all other three letter agencies believe is secure enough for top state secrets.

Now, your local client sends your private data through the VPN tunnel to a virtual private network in any country you chose.

When the requested data is returned to you, this local application decrypts it and presents it to you. Your local VPN software decrypts this private data and presents it to you as if you were still accessing the web out in the open.

Everything you ask of the web is blurred so much that nobody can see or understand it. Your private information appears as noise to everyone attempting to snoop into your business. Even your Internet service provider sees only digital noise.

Special Note: Some VPN clients offer split tunneling, which allows you to choose apps to access the Internet directly. This can be helpful for banking and some video stream services.

Encryption Hides Your Data

What this means is that before you leave the house for the mall, the VPN blurs your appearance. You become so blurry that nobody, whether they’re your neighbors, your mom upstairs, or even the CIA spooks in the black van down the street, can see who is leaving.

VPN Encryption = Public WiFi Hotspot Shield

It’s not possible to tell who you are, what you are wearing, or what (or even if!) you are carrying. Heck, the VPN encryption is so secure they can’t even tell which vehicle you pulled out of the garage, if you’re walking, or if you’re flying a helicopter out of the backyard.

Nobody sees more than a random blur going from your place to the virtual private network server. That is all they see. The important point here is that they only see an ongoing anonymous blur going into the server locations.

VPNs Protect Your Security

I recommend and use PrivateVPN.

What is a Firestick?

The Amazon Firestick has become the most popular streaming device on the market today due to its low price point and ease of “side-loading” popular free streaming applications.

Users can purchase this amazing device at numerous locations including Radio Shack, Sears, Staples, Best Buy, Target, and more. You can also buy this product directly from Amazon using the link below.

In October of 2018, Amazon released the new Fire TV Stick 4k with Alexa Voice Remote. For the price of $49.99, the Firestick is an affordable option for anyone looking to expand their streaming options.

This is an upgrade from the previous version of the Firestick which did not have 4k streaming capabilities.

This new device also comes with a compatible remote with added volume and power control buttons. Gone are the days of using two remotes for your TV and Firestick as this added benefit simplifies your streaming experience.

Best of all, you can use the Alexa remote to prompt commands on your device with just your voice!

One of the main reasons the Fire TV Stick is so popular is because of its accessibility. This little device is about the size of a flash drive and can be used nearly anywhere.

The Firestick features a built-in HDMI connector that will plug into almost any television. It will access your TV’s Input and allow for multiple functions via wi-fi connection.

This media player offers up to 4K UHD video streaming which means all content will be in High Definition quality.

After purchasing the Fire TV Stick, there is no additional fee or subscription price. You will simply install various applications on the device that allow you to stream, game, and everything in between. While some of these apps do charge a small fee, there are hundreds of free ones as well.

Best Kodi Addons

This post is meant to provide an up-to-date list of the best Kodi add-ons within different categories.  It is difficult to know which Kodi add-ons to use due to the ever-changing technology within this hobby.

For your streaming enjoyment, this list will be updated on a regular basis so you know which add-ons work well for your specific needs.

Be sure to bookmark this post and check back on a regular basis for new submissions provided by users in the comment section below.

Best Kodi Add-Ons for Movies & TV Shows

What is Kodi? Everything you need to know!

The open-source media center software lets you access a wide range of video content on almost any device, but is it for you? Kodi has slowly but surely made an impression on anyone who wants to share content around the home.

Now, that one-sentence definition doesn’t do justice for this incredible piece of software and that is the reason for this article that will teach you everything that you need to know about Kodi. Think of Kodi as the frame of an unfinished house. This is your base, and foundation for where all of your essential items will be stored.

Part 2: How to choose a VPN provider

There was a time when using a VPN required users to know about the built-in VPN client for Windows or universal open-source solutions such as OpenVPN. Nowadays, however, nearly every VPN provider has its own one-click client that gets you up and running in seconds. There are usually mobile apps as well to keep your Android or iOS device secure over public Wi-Fi.

Of course that brings up another problem. Since there are so many services to choose from, how can you tell which ones are worth using? PCWorld has taken care of much of the legwork with its Best VPN services roundup. [Spoiler alert: I have found NordVPN to be the current best all around VPN provider.]

The bad news for anyone used to free services is that it pays to pay when it comes to a VPN. There are tons of free options from reputable companies, but these are usually a poor substitute for the paid options. Free services usually allow a limited amount of bandwidth usage per month or offer a slower service. Tunnel Bear, for example, offers just 500MB of free bandwidth per month, while CyberGhost offers a free service that is significantly slower than its paid service.

Then there are the free VPNs that use an ad-supported model, which in my experience usually aren’t worth using at all. Plus, free VPNs are usually anything but; in lieu of payment they may be harvesting your data (in anonymized form of course) and selling it as “marketing insights” to advertisers.

The good news is VPNs aren’t expensive. You can usually pay as little as $5 a month (billed annually or in blocks of several months) for VPN coverage.

Features to look for

Here are some issues to consider when shopping around for a VPN provider.

First, what kind of logging does your VPN provider do? In other words, what information do they keep about your VPN sessions and how long is it kept? Are they recording the IP addresses you use, the websites you visit, the amount of bandwidth used, or any other key details?

All VPNs have to do some kind of logging, but there are VPNs that collect as little data as possible and others that aren’t so minimalist. On top of that, some services discard their logs in a matter of hours or days while other companies hold onto them for months at a time. How much privacy you expect from your VPN-based browsing will greatly influence how long you can stand having your provider maintain your activity logs—and what those logs contain.

Second, what are the acceptable terms of use for your VPN provider? Thanks to the popularity of VPNs with torrent users, permissible activity on specific VPNs can vary. Some companies disallow torrents completely, some are totally fine with them, while others won’t stop torrents but officially disallow them. We aren’t here to advise pirates, but anyone looking to use a VPN should understand what is and is not okay to do on their provider’s network.

Finally, does the VPN provider offer their own application that you can download and install? Unless you’re a power user who wants to mess with OpenVPN, a customized VPN program is really the way to go. It’s simple to use and doesn’t require any great technical knowledge or the need to adjust any significant settings.

NordVPN – The best VPN provider in 2018

This VPN goes above and beyond the competition when it comes to keeping your information, online activity, and presence private and secure. Does that lead to a compromise as far as speed and performance are concerned though? We find out in my official NordVPN review. Coming next.

  • Being based in Panama, NordVPN falls under the country’s jurisdiction and Panama has no data retention laws;
  • A strict no logs policy. We want to ensure user privacy and security, therefore we never log user activities;
  • Military-grade AES-256-CBC encryption and a variety of protocols to choose from: OpenVPN(UDP and TCP), PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2/IPSec;
  • Risk-free Trial
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Unlimited bandwidth and data;
  • +5000 servers located in 62 countries (the server number is always growing);
  • Fast speed servers that are also reliable and consistent;
  • Multiple ways to contact
  • 24/7 customer support (live chat, email, ticket system);
  • A CyberSec feature that blocks dangerous websites and lets users avoid annoying ads;
  • An automatic kill switch (can kill individual processes or kill whole internet connection);
  • 6 simultaneous connections
  • P2P friendly;
  • Works in countries (China, the Middle East countries) where internet access is restricted, and strong censorship is in place;
  • Double encryption to ensure top level privacy and security

NordVPN offers everything we could want from a VPN service: a multitude of security features, nicely coupled with impressive performance, on a service that’s easy to access and able to do just about anything online.

NordVPN

Part 1: How—and why you should use a VPN any time you hop on the internet

One of the most important skills any computer user should have is the ability to use a virtual private network (VPN) to protect their privacy. A VPN is typically a paid service that keeps your web browsing secure and private over public Wi-Fi hotspots. VPNs can also get past regional restrictions for video- and music-streaming sites and help you evade government censorship restrictions—though that last one is especially tricky.

How it works

The best way to think of a VPN is as a secure tunnel between your PC and destinations you visit on the internet. Your PC connects to a VPN server, which can be located in the United States or a foreign country like the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, or Thailand. Your web traffic then passes back and forth through that server. The end result: As far as most websites are concerned, you’re browsing from that server’s geographical location, not your computer’s location.

We’ll get to the implications of a VPN’s location in a moment, but first, let’s get back to our secure tunnel example. Once you’re connected to the VPN and are “inside the tunnel,” it becomes very difficult for anyone else to spy on your web-browsing activity. The only people who will know what you’re up to are you, the VPN provider (usually an HTTPS connection can mitigate this), and the website you’re visiting.

When you’re on public Wi-Fi at an airport or café, that means hackers will have a harder time stealing your login credentials or redirecting your PC to a phony banking site. Your Internet service provider (ISP), or anyone else trying to spy on you, will also have a near impossible time figuring out which websites you’re visiting.

On top of all that, you get the benefits of spoofing your location. If you’re in Los Angeles, for example, and the VPN server is in the U.K., it will look to most websites that you’re browsing from there, not southern California.

This is why many regionally restricted websites and online services such as BBC’s iPlayer or Sling TV can be fooled by a VPN. I say “most” services because some, most notably Netflix, are fighting against VPN (ab)use to prevent people from getting access to, say, the American version of Netflix when they’re really in Australia.

For the most part, however, if you’re visiting Belgium and connect to a U.S. VPN server, you should get access to most American sites and services just as if you were sitting at a Starbucks in Chicago.

What a VPN can’t do

While VPNs are an important tool, they are far from foolproof. Let’s say you live in an oppressive country and want to evade censorship in order to access the unrestricted web. A VPN would have limited use. If you’re trying to evade government restrictions and access sites like Facebook and Twitter, a VPN might be useful. Even then, you’d have to be somewhat dependent on the government’s willingness to look the other way.

Anything more serious than that, such as mission-critical anonymity, is far more difficult to achieve—even with a VPN. Privacy against passive surveillance? No problem. Protection against an active and hostile government? Probably not.

The problem with anonymity is there are so many issues to consider—most of which are beyond the scope of this article. Has the government surreptitiously installed malware on your PC in order to monitor your activity, for example? Does the VPN you want to use have any issues with data leakage or weak encryption that could expose your web browsing? How much information does your VPN provider log about your activity, and would that information be accessible to the government? Are you using an anonymous identity online on a PC that you never use in conjunction with your actual identity?

Anonymity online is a very difficult goal to achieve. If, however, you are trying to remain private from prying eyes or evade NSA-style bulk data collection as a matter of principle, a reputable VPN will probably be good enough.

Beyond surveillance, a VPN also won’t do much to keep advertisers from tracking you online. Remember that the website you visit is aware of what you do on its site and that applies equally to advertisers serving ads on that site.

To prevent online tracking by advertisers and websites you’ll still need browser add-ons like Ghostery, Privacy Badger, and HTTPS Everywhere.

Choosing a VPN provider

Choosing a VPN provider will be posted in the part two of this series of posts.