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P2p Networks Safe?


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#1 noelckc

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 05:12 AM

Hi there,

Lets be honest, i know most computer users must have used kazaa, warez, limewire and torrents. I was wondering, are these programs safe to use? and how to we catch the unwanted things that come unknown.

I myself use limewire, to download music.

Is limewire a legal software..if not.

Then are 80 million+ people using an illegal system???

if it is legal, then is there any ways of making it safer?

and can we get viruses from these softwares?

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 06:26 AM

It is not the program that is illegal, but how you use the program. If you P2P files that you legally own there is no problem. If you P2P copyrighted material then you are violating the Laws.
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Posted 04 April 2006 - 06:57 PM

Assuming you can find a P2P application that does not contain sypware, you are faced with two other very serious problems. First, the legal implications of downloading or sharing copywrited works (everyone does it is not an excuse before a judge)and second, the very real chance of your downloading a file that contains malware from unknown and therefore untrustworthy sources.
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Posted 09 April 2006 - 06:39 AM

So how do we no if a file is legit?

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Posted 10 April 2006 - 01:43 AM

That is precisely the problem with P2P, you are downloading something from a private source. This file may be intentionally laced with a virus, or perhaps has one in it without the original person's knowledge (you have to hope that person always is careful about the file HE downloads, and scans it with an anti-virus).
You hopefully would not open an attachment in a E-mail from someone you don't know, and using P2P is just like doing that.
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Posted 11 April 2006 - 06:30 PM

Allo noelckc,
Leaving aside the legal side of P2P for the time being, certain programs like the free Limewire, Kazaa etc do contain spyware, some quite nasty.

There are programs around that are 'nastyware' free, WinMX is a very good one that runs well on slower older systems just as well as new, high speed PC's. It uses it's own WinMX network for filesharing and also some very good chat-rooms too... I will admit, it's rather pot luck as there's a lot of rubbish rooms too, but some are interesting :thumbsup: ...

Another 'one-off' cheap payment program (sorry, I can't remember how much pittance it was) is called '360Share' which used the 'Gnutella' network, same as Limewire...

If you are only downloading music, you CAN'T get any viruses from MP3 format, despite any rumours to the contrary!!! OK, that's not to say, some clever bozo won't discover how to do it next month or sometime, but at present there isn't any....

Other formats vary as to their 'security'... I have several .wmv clips that call up web sites pertaining to the band in particular. They could just as easy point to anywhere else and do nearly anything except siphon the fuel out your vehicle...

As to the legal side of P2P, depending on your location (in particular, the jurisdiction of the RIAA) and also your own morals, to be brutally honest most free networks are 'pirates', but then so are some 'payware' networks too!!!

It's still rather a minefield really... Basically it boils down to your own honesty against the 'honesty' of such corporations as the RIAA... Out of the money they collect in fines etc. not a single penny goes to the artists... The RIAA represents the recording companies only, to protect their profits. The artists themselves are left out in the cold so far as the RIAA are concerned...

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Posted 15 April 2006 - 04:21 AM

Take a look here and see how many people get infected then make your choice,
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