STOTW – The Dangers of P2P

To P2P or not to P2P. . .that is the question.

What is P2P? P2P stands for peer-to-peer, and it is a popular means of networking a diverse number of computers together, typically for the purpose of sharing music or data files. If you have connected to services like BitTorrent or Limewire, you have been part of a P2P network.

Despite many advantages of P2P file sharing, there are some dangers to be aware of.  These include:

  • Downloading viruses and other malware
  • Revealing personally identifiable information (PII)
  • Minimizing or disabling security settings on your computer
  • Prosecution due to copyright violation

Technology is great, but when it comes to P2P music and data file sharing, be extremely careful.

 

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