Peer-to-peer (P2P) software allows for the sharing of files across the Internet between people that have the same software installed. Some examples of this type of software are: Limewire, Kazaa, and Bittorrent. There are many security issues with installing these sorts of programs.
- If the software is not installed or setup correctly you may be sharing files and information stored on your computer that you were not intending to share. This could include bank and credit card information.
- Depending on the type of file-sharing you are engaging in, it could be illegal. If caught, you could face a lawsuit for copyright infringement for distributing copyrighted music, tv shows, and movies. If using a network other than your own, you could lose your account access on that network (ie. your school or work computer account will be disabled).
- You could be downloading spyware and viruses.
This is a reminder to please be aware of what you are doing online and minimize your risks.