Unfortunately, there’s no good protection from messing with P2P.

What’s wrong with getting software and other copyrighted material through a peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing network... besides the fact that it’s stealing?

Think hygiene. When you’re hooked up to a file sharing network, your computer is hooking up with other computers around the world. And some of those computers are downright nasty. They’ve got a bad history—and your computer could be history if they pass it on to you.

Unfortunately, there’s no good protection. The more you mess around on P2P networks, the more likely that your computer will get infected, invaded, or worse.

Need more proof? Take a look at this slide show. If you’ve been hanging out on a file sharing network, you could meet someone you already know.

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Seen Enough?

If you get involved with one of these characters, you know you’ll regret it. Why take the chance? Remember:

P2P Files Can Be Infected: Stealing software, music and videos through a file sharing network is a good way to get a virus that could wreck your computer, or spyware that could ruin your life.

P2P Files Can Be Contagious: If you get a virus from a file sharing network, you’ll probably pass it along to your friends and family.

P2P Files Can Be Costly: Recovering from a virus that you picked up on a file sharing network can mean a huge computer repair bill, plus weeks reconstructing the data you’ve lost.