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Posted 10 April 2010 - 06:10 PM
Posted 10 April 2010 - 06:18 PM
Edited by rosiesdad, 10 April 2010 - 06:20 PM.
Posted 10 April 2010 - 06:35 PM
No they are not all bad but they are still a security risk.
Torrents are part of peer-to-peer file distribution systems used for sharing and transferring files within a large network of users.
Using any peer-to-peer (P2P) or file sharing program (i.e. Limewire, eMule, Kontiki, BitTorrent, uTorrent) is a security risk which can make your system susceptible to a smŲrgŚsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, and exposure of personal information.
The reason for this is that file sharing relies on its members giving and gaining unfettered access to computers across the P2P network. This practice can make you vulnerable to data and identity theft, system infection and remote access exploit by attackers who can take control of your computer without your knowledge. Even if you change the risky default settings to a safer configuration, downloading files from an anonymous source increases your exposure to infection because the files you are downloading may actually contain a disguised threat. Many malicious worms and Trojans, such as the Storm Worm, target and spread across P2P files sharing networks because of their known vulnerabilities. In some instances the infection may cause so much damage to your system that recovery is not possible and a Repair Install will NOT help!. In those cases, the only option is to wipe your drive, reformat and reinstall the OS.
Even the safest P2P file sharing programs that do not contain bundled spyware, still expose you to risks because of the very nature of the P2P file sharing process. By default, most P2P file sharing programs are configured to automatically launch at startup. They are also configured to allow other P2P users on the same network open access to a shared directory on your computer. The best way to eliminate these risks is to avoid using P2P applications.
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Posted 10 April 2010 - 11:17 PM
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