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#1 Ally Maypole

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 08:27 AM

My girlfriend does a lot of music downloading and uploading. Putting aside for the moment the moral issue here (we could discuss the fors and againsts of that all day), I'm just wondering how safe this is? She's got a good firewall and virus protection. Even so, I've heard of people having their PC's ransacked and used as porn servers - all sorts of horror stories! :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 08:34 AM

I'm not going to get into the issue either but I can recommend a good blog to read.

http://defendingyourmachine.blogspot.com/
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Posted 28 July 2005 - 08:42 AM

The thing about P2P is that one can pick up things that nothing will detect. An AV only works if there is a matching signature, or it exhibits some kind of behavior that the AV deems malicious. That's easy enough to get around.. it happens all of the time.

A firewall doesn't protect against anything that is downloaded. It might give you notice that something isn't quite right, bu tby then it its too late. Of course, that's providing that whatever was downloaded didn't just go ahead and disable all protection software in the first place.

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 09:48 AM

The SANS institute continues to list P2P file sharing as one of the top ten Windows vulnerabilities, not only because of very real legal liabilities, but just as importantly because of the amount of malware both associated with the programs themselves, as well as the files downloaded.
With all the relatively inexpensive and legal sites offering music for safe downloading, using P2P is certainly questionable.
http://www.sans.org/top20/#w7
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#5 Ally Maypole

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 01:11 PM

Thanks. Yeah, I pretty much agree with these viewpoints. I have a friend who did this, and had his computer virtually taken over. He didn't realise until he called in a professional that someone had been using his PC as if they were sat in front of it. Scary!

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 06:03 PM

I must say that i agree with the comments here...
the cost of a legal download is a lot less than the cost of having your computer repaired!

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