What is SockShare?
SockShare is a website where you can watch full-length movies, TV Shows, and anime online for free. The site rose to prominence alongside Putlocker in late 2012 after the United States government forced Megaupload offline. Since then, both SockShare and Putlocker have become the premier destinations for streaming movie content online without downloading it.
Because much of the content is uploaded by users, the site indexes videos uploaded to other destinations. Thus, SockShare itself does not serve pirated content; instead, it links to this content as a sort of general index that catalogs content available on other websites to make it easier to find.
How Does the Site Work?
SockShare is a media indexing site that contains numerous links to video hosts like TheVideo, Veoh, VidTo, and more. Users can search the name of a movie, TV show, actor, or genre to find new movies to watch on the service.
It’s important to reiterate that the site does not host the content you see on it, rather it indexes this content that is hosted on other sites.
Is it Safe to Watch Movies?
Yes and no. The legality of watching movies on an indexing site remains to be seen. However, knowingly watching movies that are not legally licensed is copyright infringement, and SockShare goes so far as to advertise “Movies Now Playing in Theaters”. This pretty much takes away any defense that you, or they, may have.
SockShare has distributed itself across a number of domains as domain seizure is one of the primary ways that authorities attempt to shut down sites like this.
The site itself doesn’t host illegal content and so it is not unlawful in that regard, but it does provide an easy to access list of movies and TV shows that are not licensed by the providing website, making accessing the content illegal in many jurisdictions.
Why are there so many SockShare domains?
Because SockShare serves as a content indexer for illegally distributed content, the SockShare domain is often targeted by authorities as an easy way to take the site offline. To combat this, the owners of SockShare have registered multiple domains to ensure the site remains accessible should one be taken offline and various domains all point to the same website. This is also done to avoid censorship by countries that may block the main domain name.
Can I download movies from SockShare?
In short, no. SockShare is designed as a content indexer that indexes media content that is hosted on other sites. Therefore, you cannot download any of the content you view on SockShare to keep it. It is not like the isoHunt torrent search engine.
However, it should be noted that simply accessing the content as a stream is by definition downloading the content and you could be subject to action from your ISP. Therefore, it is probably not worth the risk for most people to use this site.
What content is available on SockShare?
Most of the content that you see available on torrent sites is available for instant streaming on SockShare. That is because this site indexes torrent content that has been uploaded to streaming websites to make it easier to access. If a torrent file is available for the content, it is likely that you will find that content also available on SockShare.
SockShare content contains illegal cam copies of movies, pre-screened TV shows, and more. The legality of accessing this content depends on the country in which you reside, but there are some important things to note about how the SockShare website supports itself and why you should be careful if you do decide to access content there.
How does SockShare support itself?
SockShare supports itself primarily through advertising, but there is also an insidious aspect to this business model. Some of the domains will ask unsuspecting users to install a piece of software to make streaming flawless for the site. This piece of software that is installed on a user’s computer will then bombard the user with pop-up advertisements and other malware in the hopes of getting clicks to support itself.
You’ll notice that several malware sites have pages dedicated to removing the SockShare adware that gets installed on PC’s from users accessing this website without an ad blocker.
It can be hard to remove the SockShare adware from a computer, so it’s important to stay vigilant about download requests.
If you plan on using this site to access its index of content on the web, you should install an ad blocker on your web browser that will prevent most of the pop-ups that require you to download a piece of software before you can access the content.
Never download any piece of software recommended to you by a site like this, as one of the primary ways this company supports itself is by facilitating installations of unwanted software like browser toolbars, malware detection software, and more.
Ad Blockers can keep you safe on sites like SockShare and Putlocker, but be aware that some of these sites have taken measures to prevent ad blocking users from accessing their content as it circumvents the primary source of income for these sites.