Zeronet is an easy way to create a decentralized website using BitTorrent technology

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As big corporations are slowly taking over the internet and bending it to their liking, we're running into more and more problems if we are looking for any kind of security and independence.

Zeronet is a decentralized web platform that is based around bitcoin cryptography and the BitTorrent network.

What this means is that, just like with torrent files, your web page is not hosted at only one source, but rather from many.

If you've ever used BitTorrent you're probably familiar with terms “seeding” and “leeching”. If not, it is basically a concept that once you download a certain file, it stays on your computer, open for other people to download.

This very efficiently creates a network of seeders, or in the case of Zeronet, hosts. What's great about this platform is that it can't just easily be shut down, well… to put it correctly, it can't be shut down at all. As long as there is one person seeding, your website will be online.

One of the best things is that you won't need to spend loads of money on hosting purposes, hosting is completely free. This also means that your website will be available even in countries where it would usually be unavailable, people will be able to access it without the need to use VPN, as they will be “leeching” it from someone else in their country.

This would usually mean a threat to the security of your files that are being downloaded and hosted by many others. But, all those files are protected the same way you would protect your bitcoin wallet, this level of cryptographical protection assures you that your website stays under your control regardless of how many people are visiting and hosting it.

In case you're offline but want to check something out on the website you're seeding, you can do it anyway without the need to be connected.

Getting Zeronet is also very simple as you can download it for free on their website and even GitHub since the platform is open-source and self-sustaining by the people who use it.

It is supported on Windows, Linux, MacOS platform, together with Tor network for those who want an additional level of security.

Zeronet is sustained by its community and most people who tried it, kept using it and have only the best to say about it.

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Omar Selimovic
Omar Selimovic is a writer and civil engineering student from a small heart-shaped country called Bosnia & Herzegovina. He grew up next to a computer and reports on privacy, consumer tech, and more. [email protected]
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