Is 123Movies Safe? A Review of the Free Movie Streaming Site

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Is 123Movies Safe? A Review of the Free Movie Streaming Site

Is 123 Movies Safe? A Review of the Free Movie Streaming Site

Anyone looking for a free movie streaming site is almost certain to come across 123Movies, a website that offers free movies and TV streaming. With thousands of movies available for free streaming and download, 123 Movies is one of the largest sites of its kind, and you are likely wondering if you can use it legally and safely.

Is 123 Movies Legal?

No. Sites like 123 Movies are illegal and could get you in trouble with your ISP (Internet Service Provider). The 6 Strikes Law allows your ISP to monitor your internet usage, and if associated with piracy sites like 123 Movies, could send you a warning. If you make it to 6 warnings (6 strikes) your ISP coud reduce your bandwidth or redirect all of your Internet traffic to an anti-piracy website. You will not likely be targeted for an anti-piracy website.

The site has already been targeted by multiple blocking measures, including ISP blocking in some areas.

Is 123 Movies Legit?

While 123Movies does not share legally acquired movies and TV shows, they do allow you to watch movies and TV shows with no catch. With no registration, 123 Movies also guarantees that they cannot sell or share your data like YesMovies and some other competitors have been known to do.

123Movies App – The 123 Movies app allows you to download the movie streaming site directly onto your phone or other Android device. However, streaming movies through the app is just as illegal as through a browser.

How Does 123 Movies Work?

123 Movies typically embeds popular videos and movies from cyberblockers around the web, allowing them to host content from Netflix, Amazon Prime, cam rips, and DVD ripped content directly from piracy sites. This makes 123 Movies one of the largest movie streaming sites online, because they don’t typically have to host any of their own content.

Viruses and Malware – 123Movies has been shown to occasionally host viruses and malware, typically through javascript. If you visit the site, make sure that your computer is protected with a firewall. Visit for an update of the last-known status of infections on the site.

Quality – 123Movies streams high quality movies and TV shows that you can easily watch from your browser. You do not have to download the app (although you can). Overall, streaming quality is quite high, although the site uses a considerable amount of ads to earn money.

Sites like 123Movies are almost never legit and many of them are not safe. While you can choose to stream movies on them, it is important to keep in mind that it is piracy. In most cases, any site that offers free streaming is piracy unless the movies are indie or old enough that they are in the public domain. A quick tell on any site is that if it features cam rips, the site is illegal.

If you want to stream movies for free, consider signing up for legit movie streaming sites like Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu for the 30 day free trial, and then discontinuing your subscription after the trial period is up. Most legitimate streaming sites start out at $9.99 per month as well, which can be very cost effective, even if your budget is low.

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About The Author
Gardenia Boyle, aka "Deanie," is a freelance writer from Seattle. When she's not busy working on a variety of writing projects, she enjoys volunteering at the Humane Society or hiking. If it's raining though, which it does a lot of in WA, you'll probably find her with a controller in her hand playing one of her favorite games, WoW or Final Fantasy.

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