Originally Posted by minigearhead
What are private trackers?
Sorry for noob question
A private tracker requires you to be a member of the tracker in order for you to download the torrent hash file which in turn will allow you to connect to other peers sharing the actual file. If you are not a member of the tracker and even if you have access to the torrent hash file it still will not allow you to connect to the peers since the tracker will not recognize you as member.
Public tracker will allow anyone to connect to the peers who are sharing the file. There is risks associated with using public trackers such as the possibility of sharing a virus file or content owners being able to track who you are or where you are located.