Peer-to-peer (P2P) networking is a popular method for sharing files, music, photographs, and other information. Just remember that this method can come with its share of major risks. It is better knowing who you are sharing data and files with versus browsing for a site that you believe meets your criteria. The data may be corrupted with malware or expose you to legal ramifications (e.g., copyright infringement or pirated software or music). Be safe and know what is offered before you load a copy onto your device.
For more information:
- Four Steps to Ensure You’re Safe on Peer-to-Peer (P2P)
- FTC website: P2P File-Sharing Risks
- U.S.-CERT Security Tip: “Risks of File-Sharing Technology“