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is it safe to watch movies online?


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#1 seraphin

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 01:21 PM

Ok, my apology for wanting to post this question, which may be considered inappropriate for many different reasons - and yes, an apology by itself does not imply it's okay (or not) to watch movies online, certainly not justify any crime I might have committed -.

But I am simply interested in/worried about cybersecurity.

Sony's cyberattack resulted in many of their movies inadvertently released online. One secruity expert was quoted saying (paraphrased here) - it's NOT SAFE to watch those movies online, as the longer you stay on one particular website, the more danger your computer will be exposed to.

To a computer user like me who knows nothing technical about security, this begs the question - is it unsafe to watch movies online despite the security setting (firewall, real-time anti-virus, real-time anti-malware etc). (dpes watching movies online mean running some video streaming program (in javascript?????) in the background of the internet browser ? ).

 

 

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 05:32 PM

So this question can go a couple ways. Watching movies via a legal source is perfectly safe (e.g Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime etc.). These sites have good security (Amazon probably has some of the best) and you really don't have to worry much about it. The way the movies are transmitted and viewed can be attacked, like the Microsoft Silverlight that Netflix uses could have a security hole that won't be fixed til you update it on your end (as long as Microsoft fixed the issue). So as far legal sources go, its perfectly safe to watch movies and TV shows online.

 

Now if you are talking means that aren't so legal, where people have uploaded them on sketchy sites and you are viewing them. Yeah those aren't so safe. They like to put viruses right in the code of the website, or they like to automatically download something without you even saying you wanted to. So no, that method is not safe.

 

I am curious, do you know where you read that article with the security expert? I would like to take a gander at it. I am assuming he/she saying its not safe to watch them online is meaning the not so legal ways.


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Posted 24 December 2014 - 05:29 AM

As DeimosChaos said, the legal sites are perfectly OK (although the BBC iPlayer won't work outside of the UK which is really annoying to a TV licence holder outside of the UK which is really annoying) but I wouldn't trust the illegal sites at all.

 

The other angle worth considering is that the illegal ones are exactly that: you could open yourself up to prosecution.  Although more likely than not, they'll go after the illegal sites rather than individuals.

 

On another (but pertinent) note, if you ever visit a site that says that you need to download a codec to view a video, do NOT do it.  The "codec" they want you to download will NOT be a codec; it will be malware.  Guaranteed.  No exceptions.  All the codecs you need should be included with your OS or media player (such as FLV).  It has not happened to me, but I've been involved enough in computer security to spot some of the danger signs.

 

You can get a 3rd party add-on for Windows Media Center called TunerFree MCE, home page here:

http://www.milliesoft.co.uk/

That enables you to watch TV through your computer

 

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Posted 24 December 2014 - 07:19 AM

... as the longer you stay on one particular website, the more danger your computer will be exposed to.

 

That is not correct. If you visit a website that tries to exploit your browser (or Flash, ...), it will do so from the start. Staying one minute on that site or one hour doesn't make a difference.


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Posted 29 December 2014 - 05:34 AM


... as the longer you stay on one particular website, the more danger your computer will be exposed to.

 
That is not correct. If you visit a website that tries to exploit your browser (or Flash, ...), it will do so from the start. Staying one minute on that site or one hour doesn't make a difference.

Once its on your system its on there you will either have to remove it manually or use and anitimalware antivirus etc and yes legal sources are safe as the ones that aren't so leagal that say "please download this to watch your movie" that's when you know when to turn back but then again its your call

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 07:15 AM

With large wide screen HDTV's being so popular (and relatively inexpensive) these days, why would anyone want to regularly watch movies on a computer?
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Posted 29 December 2014 - 11:22 AM

I think for the most part we are talking about illegal streams. You can't watch them on HDTV.



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Posted 14 January 2015 - 07:45 PM

If you are afraid of being affected spyware or malicious applications from the site. You can watch the movies on safe and popular sites, like YouTube and Netflix. In addition, it would be better if there's a anti-virus program installed in your PC.

Moreover, it's the matter of the website but you if the movie is forbidden to play.



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Posted 14 January 2015 - 08:39 PM

You can watch the movies on safe and popular sites, like YouTube

All social networking sites (MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc) can be a significant security risk which could make your computer susceptible to malware infection. I don't use any of these types of sites nor do I recommend family and friends use them.Using YouTube can be hazardous to your computer.
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Posted 15 January 2015 - 10:13 AM

Does a site being blocked by a court order, mean it's illegal to access it in that country?

 

I have noticed that projectfree.tv is blocked by my new ISP, and if I type the name of the site into my internet browser (not the search engine, because it's been excluded from their results), I get this page:

 

http://www.ukispcourtorders.co.uk/

 

Whereas it wasn't blocked by my previous ISP, TalkTalk, nor was it blocked by 3G mobile last time I checked.

 

(When I have used the site, I use a live Linux CD to browse it, a Firefox plug-in on my Linux CD to download streaming video rather than click on their download links, and an ad-blocker to save having to wade through myriads of ads to get to the play button on the videos).


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Posted 21 January 2015 - 06:03 AM

They like to put viruses right in the code of the website, or they like to automatically download something without you even saying you wanted to. So no, that method is not safe.



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Posted 21 January 2015 - 06:37 AM

What method are you referring to? Using a live Linux CD, any viruses that are automatically downloaded will be wiped from the computer's RAM when you shut down or reboot the computer, and I've never heard of a virus that can burn itself to a CD. :)

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 01:31 PM

Any site you can go into without signing in(Netflix, Hulu, etc) that shows a movie for free that cost money else where is going to be unlawful IMO. Is it illegal? Depends on where you live and their laws but it will never be ethical IMO. This should fall under "no such thing as a free lunch". Most sites that do these unlawful things try to profit as much as possible from you going to their site. This may include intrusive ads, malware, or tracking cookies to sell your browsing history to advertisers. A few select sites may not have malware, but they still won't be legit and I still wouldn't suggest using them, so looking for them is pointless. At the very least, if you are going to break intellectual property law, do it in a way you have more control like a newsgroup feed. Torrents and http streaming is so 90's.  :grinner:



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Posted 28 July 2016 - 05:44 PM

Any site you can go into without signing in(Netflix, Hulu, etc) that shows a movie for free that cost money else where is going to be unlawful IMO. Is it illegal? Depends on where you live and their laws but it will never be ethical IMO. This should fall under "no such thing as a free lunch". Most sites that do these unlawful things try to profit as much as possible from you going to their site. This may include intrusive ads, malware, or tracking cookies to sell your browsing history to advertisers. A few select sites may not have malware, but they still won't be legit and I still wouldn't suggest using them, so looking for them is pointless. At the very least, if you are going to break intellectual property law, do it in a way you have more control like a newsgroup feed. Torrents and http streaming is so 90's.  :grinner:

I believe it is about watching movies online, which includes subscription based services, like Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. They are a really good way to watch videos on multiple devices, which is a pain to do otherwise (ripping, encoding, and syncing, etc). 


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Posted 28 July 2016 - 05:57 PM

 

I believe it is about watching movies online, which includes subscription based services, like Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. 

 

 

I thought OP was about non subscription, non typical, methods of watching videos when they said " certainly not justify any crime I might have committed -." I think if they were talking about Netflix, they wouldn't be any question of crime. 






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