FlashGet File Mirrors is an anonymous URL sharing service for users of FlashGet. If another FlashGet user downloaded the same file before you, but found a different mirror for the file and shared that information, this lets you find the mirror they used. And if you share the information, any people downloading the file after you can then find the mirror you found too. And if you're the 100th or 1000th person downloading the file, you may get many mirrors.
Many sites list a number of locations where you can download a file (sometimes buried a few pages deep). Different users will click or find different ones. As different users share the one URL they clicked on, the FlashGet File Mirrors database will add them as possible mirrors for a file with a specific name and size. With enough users sharing, this will let everyone find more mirrors for downloading files!
Sharing the URL when using this service is optional. The more people who do share, the better the database will be and the more mirrors everyone can find. Even when this sharing is enabled, this service is not intended for use with all files:
FlashGet will only use this service for EXE or Compressed file types--EXE, ZIP, RAR, etc. No images, web pages, etc.
FlashGet will only use this service for downloads that do not use a username/password.
FlashGet will only use this for files at least 100K in size.
If have "personal" or "private" or "members" or "secret" anywhere in the URL. So http://your.server.com/private/file.exe would not be included.
PRIVACY: When searching with this service, FlashGet will send at least the file Name and Size. You may optionally also include the URL so it can be added to the FlashGet File Mirrors database and help others searching for the same file. With any Internet connection, your IP address is available to the server you connect to; but no other personally identifying information is sent. If you do not want to use this service, make sure the item is unchecked.