The Pirate Bay is a search engine platform for torrent files. It grew to become very popular a long time ago, as a means of discovering torrents and magnet links which are up-to-date and could be downloaded easily in a torrent downloader. But, its worldwide recognition was mostly because that it made it quite easy to find links to unauthorized files, such as files or content that violates copyright laws in some countries.
Is The Pirate Bay safe?
The Pirate Bay itself is only a site. It doesn’t sponsor any content or even display ads and so, in the countries that allow you to access it, it’s safe. In the countries where it is blocked, there are some proxy’s sites that mirror the Pirate Bay original site but they are usually different in IP address. It’s extremely hard to say that all the proxies are risk-free — these are in general, but there might be some that contain adware or even malware.
There are some factors to consider. Although The Pirate Bay itself might be safe, the torrents as well as magnet files that appear in the search results might not be. Those files are made public on a peer-to-peer basis — they’re created and hosted by people on their own computers, and not be hosted centrally at some place. So they are totally unregulated. It’s possible that after you click a magnet link to download a file, you might be downloading a harmful file. (more…)