i used to download torrents on a regular basis on my iMac G4. but, it did seem to cause drive problems. and the first kernal panic i ever saw was while trying to initiate a download. i think it works, its just a dirty process for your hard drive.
What kind of drive problems were you having? I have been torrenting for years now, on various computers, and have never experienced any problems with the computer during or after downloading something via torrent.
no its not bad,thats how smart people get free apps,music,movies and whatever they need...mac are already expensive why do we have to pay for software?!
Yep the heading is pretty much the question i am pondering over. lol. so Is it bad to download Torrents on your mac?
If anyone knows please help me out. thanks guys.
well im not really serious,but most guys my age do torrents i bet XP
i do have a job,i get a good sallary and i work hard,so im not gonig to trash that money on softwares honestly....its my opinion..like it cool..dont like it ? i dont care.. =D
I'm not going to lie and say that I've never pirated any music or software, but I make a point of buying software (in particular those great 3rd party apps widely available for macs) because I figure that developers have earned my money for their software.
Torrents themselves shouldn't cause any problems. Sometimes they tend to work a laptop pretty hard though, so if you torrent overnight, make sure to prop up the laptop so it stays cool.
I swear by Azureus, but there are a bunch of other good clients out there too. Many routers also clog out when they try to upload too much, so capping the upload rate to <40, or using the automatic throttling may help.
Just be careful WHAT you download, legit stuff like Linux ISOs and WoW patches are no trouble, media content is a gray area. In most places uploading copyrighted works is infringement (a civil offense, not criminal, still "bad"). If a copyright holder finds out that you're infringing, they can sue, threaten to sue, or do nothing. If they send a letter to your ISP then you may have your service cut off, or you may get a warning. It seems to depend on a lot of factors.
The general advice is "don't torrent copyrighted material" .... although other people may tell you different.
Not that the other parts of your post is going to win any Pulitzers, but your home directory isn't invincible.
Objectivist-C already posted a prototypical "virus", so I'll just point and laugh at your OS hubris instead.His home directory, and any other part of his disk, is perfectly impervious to any and all available viruses today. There are no viruses in the wild that affect OSX.