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Peer-To-Peer (P2P) and How Kazaa Works

Kazaa uses peer-to-peer technology. This means that individual users connect to each other directly, without need for a central point of management.

All you need to do is install Kazaa and it will connect you to other Kazaa users.

For example Peter downloads Kazaa and installs it onto his computer. Mary also has Kazaa installed on her computer. Peter uses Kazaa to search for a file he is looking for. Kazaa finds the file on Mary’s computer. Peter can now download the file directly from Mary.

The Kazaa software allows you to:

  • Search and download content that is shared by premium content providers or by other Kazaa users.
  • ‘Kreate’ your own files and distribute them using Kazaa. Find out more about how to ‘Kreate’ and Share your own files.

The P2P Searches occur through users with fast connections, called Supernodes. Once located, the file is sourced for downloading directly from the user who has it. Find out more about Supernodes.

It is important to ensure that you carefully choose which files you want to share. Don't share files which are personal, such as financial information, or which you do not have the right to distribute. More on security.