Direct Download Link Protocol

Detection Information

The following page provides information on the Direct Download Link Protocol.

Protocol Description

Direct download link (DDL) is a term used in the file sharing community to describe direct downloads from popular file hosting sites. Though peer-to-peer file sharing is more popular, direct download sites are still popular for some types of content.




Version 2.88

Best Practices

Generally speaking, direct download sites host stolen software, porn, ripped movies and content for other dark parts of the Internet.


File Sharing

External Resources

Protocol Detection

Do you know how much Direct Download Link traffic flows through your network? Not all online File Sharing protocols are created equal equal. From unwanted cryptocurrency mining, to malware, to privacy breaches, and more.

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