Online File Sharing: The Rules of the Game

Online File Sharing: The Rules of the Game

Naturally, fine, upstanding members of society such as yourself would never engage in illegal online file sharing. So let’s just assume you’re not getting pirated games, movies or music this way – just legitimate software demos, mods, user-generated content, fan-made updates, bonus levels and other wholesome content. With that out of the way, one important thing worth keeping in mind: Taking part in the wild word of BitTorrent and peer-to-peer networks is still a dangerous gamble in terms of allowing viruses, trojans and spyware to take up residence on your computer.

For those new to the practice of trading files through P2P distribution services, Cybercrime News has put together a handy hints and tips sheet on how to protect yourself from identity theft, security breaches and hackers gaining unwanted access to your Mac or PC. From BitTorrent basics to simple, everyday advice for keeping personal files, folders and sensitive data separate from publicly-traded information, we chimed in with a few useful tidbits on how not to give more than you receive – and in the nicest possible way at that. Among the top items on our checklist:

    • Stay skeptical of misspelled files, data housed on foreign servers and content with low reliability ratings as voted by other users.
    • Look for files and servers that enjoy high success rates and content ratings as indicated by the user community.
    • If possible, do all uploading and downloading from a separate system than the one which you house sensitive data on.
    • Keep a close eye on which files and folders on your PC are authorized for others to access content from.
    • Make certain your firewall and virus scanner are up-to-date, and active at all times – especially before running downloaded programs.

      For the full rundown, you can have a look at the complete story here: File Sharing 101 – Norton Cybercrime News

      About Scott Steinberg
      Scott Steinberg is CEO of strategic consulting and product testing firm TechSavvy Global, and a noted keynote speaker and business expert. Hailed as a top tech expert and parenting guru by critics from USA Today to NPR, he’s also an on-air analyst for ABC, CBS and CNN.

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