Major risks involved in file sharing

in #technology2 months ago

File sharing is a common word in the computer world. Every day millions of people around the world send and receive files to each other via the internet, while millions of people illegally download music and video files every year. According to "The Guardian", in the first six months of this year, more than 43 million people in the UK alone downloaded songs illegally.

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Some of us think that downloading songs, videos or any other file without any cost is a very easy and harmless task, but we do not know that it is a dangerous process and this dangerous habit of ours can affect our computer, phone and how harmful it is to private information is beyond our comprehension. The risk is higher for those who download the files illegally than for those who download the files legally.

A study a few years ago found that about 20% of files (legal and illegal) downloaded from the Internet contain certain types of malware (a type of malicious software that paralyzes your computer system). The malware may also contain code that redirects to your browser, with which you enter the address of a website and this malware takes you to another website.

Sometimes these malware spreads advertisements and viruses on our website, resulting in severe damage to our computer. All of this malware steals all personal information (social security numbers, credit card numbers, passwords) from our computer. They get into our operating system and most people are unaware of it.

If you are using BitTorrent for illegal downloads, it means that you have opened the doors of your computer to hackers and viruses, from where they can steal any information they want. The problem with torrent applications is that they open security firewalls without your knowledge.

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There are two important points to consider when it comes to file sharing. The first is that when you are running a file from a torrent, it means that you are negatively affecting the performance of your computer, which in turn reduces the bandwidth of your computer and other applications are affected. If you are sharing an internet connection with someone, the situation may get worse and many of the unseen items are stolen from your computer. That is why many companies have adopted a "no file sharing" policy and in case of file sharing not only reprimand is done but also dismissal.

If you're sharing a file illegally, you're in the same situation as Joel Tenenbaum, a former Boston University student who was fined $ 675,000 by a U.S. court for illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs. If you are going to dive into the deep sea of ​​file sharing, you must wear anti-virus life jackets. Firewalls can also be helpful in blocking malicious traffic.

Thank you for reading! Stay Safe!👋😌