ALL ABOUT 123MOVIES

WHAT IS 123MOVIES

123movies used to be a popular site where any visitor could watch for free all movies and TV series online in different quality – from HD1080p to low-quality screens of just-released movies.

The site did not require registration or a subscription. All content on the site was unlicensed, in other words, pirated. The site was available at 123movies.to.

GAINING POPULARITY

The site was launched by a group of enthusiasts from Vietnam in 2015 and a year later its popularity was so high that the pirate 123movies brand became the most popular in the world according to TorrentFreak. The Motion Picture Association of America, also known as the MPAA organization, fully agreed with this statement.

CLOSING OF THE SITE

123Movies shutdown message
123Movies shutdown message

Such popularity could not fail to attract the attention of rightsholders, who began to make attempts to block the site, and therefore it was constantly moving from domain to domain.

It was not possible to completely block the site until March 19, 2018. However, the U.S. Ambassador in Vietnam finally closed the platform. As a result, on the home page of the site, there was a message:

“Please pay for movies/shows, that’s what we should do to show our respect to people behind the movies/shows.”

Subsequently, it became known that the site was hosted in Ukraine and managed by the students of Vietnamese Can Tho University of Medicine and Pharmacy.

THE EMERGENCE OF CLONES

Immediately after the site was closed, numerous 123Movies clones began to appear on the network, which are still online and contain a huge database of films and TV series.

Several of these sites were closed by the FBI, but after closing, they were redirected to other mirrors.

IS IT SAFE TO WATCH MOVIES AND TV SERIES ON 123MOVIES IN 2020?

The security issue can be broken down into several aspects.

First of all, we recommend finding out if there are any legal consequences of watching videos on pirate sites in your country. For example, there is no punishment in the USA; however, in Germany, you may be fined for that.

DECISION

vpn
VPN

To protect yourself, we recommend using VPNs that hide your real IP address or you can use an anonymous browser, such as TOR.

The second part of security concerns the security of visiting the site itself. Usually, on 123movies sites, there is a lot of advertising that can be opened by clicking on any site element. Often, the ads are grey or black, annoying and can damage your computer or smartphone.

DECISION

AdBlock
Use AdBlock to safe watching free movies

We recommend closing the advertising windows without waiting for a full load of advertising. In any case, you should not pay attention to the advertised goods or services, because they are likely to be of dubious quality.

A more radical solution is to install an advertisement blocker in the browser you are using. For gadgets with OS Android, there are a lot of browsers with a built-in blocker. For the Chrome browser, you can install an extension that will protect you from dangerous ads. For iOS devices on the App Store, you can download and install a free, ad blocker with a good rating.

Rajeev Masand
Rajeev Masandhttp://rajeevmasand.com/
Rajeev Masand is an Indian film critic. He works for Noida based English language news channel CNN-Indian Broadcasting Network (CNN-IBN). He usually reviews Bollywood films and major Hollywood films released in India in his weekend show Now Showing. Rajeev Masand was thrice awarded ‘Best Entertainment Critic’ by the National Television (NT) Awards, in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Rajeev is Contributing Editor for GQ India, and writes a monthly column, Talk Movies for the magazine.

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