One of the things that is always hard about downloading from the BitTorrent network is trying to figure out what’s legit and what’s not. A lot of times I rely on the comments from other people to tell me whether the content is what it should be, or whether someone is trying to play a cruel trick.
Vertor is a BitTorrent tracker that is trying to circumvent this problem with bogus or infected files. What it does is download all of the torrents it can get its hands on, scan them for viruses, and if the torrent is a video it will provide screenshots taken throughout the movie. All of this can help play into whether you’re downloading the torrent that you think you are.
Want to see what I’m talking about? A good example is of the Big Buck Bunny video that, as some of you may know, was released for free to demonstrate the power of an open-source 3D modeling program called Blender. Vertor was able to download the video and snag some shots so that you can visually verify the torrent before even starting the download.
As of right now Vertor has processed over 400,000 torrents of which 256k had download errors, 130k have been successfully verified, 2800 had viruses, 5400 were password protected, and another 11k were blocked by moderators. So their servers are definitely hard at work to try and save you some hassle! It’s a service that’s definitely worth bookmarking.