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Blog Post: P2P Networks: Security Breaches and Other Dangers Exposed

Blog Post: P2P Networks: Security Breaches and Other Dangers Exposed

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been notifying dozens of organizations around the country of possible security and personal identification breaches related to the use of peer to peer (P2P) file sharing networks. This is not the first time we’ve been warned about dangers lurking on the Internet, but this latest episode once again highlights the importance of our own vigilance and knowledge of the risks we all face online.

Peer to peer technology is a popular and useful mechanism to greatly enhance one’s online experience. But if not used properly, and without a serious dose of caution, users can find their personal information leaked all over cyberspace. When P2P software is not configured properly, for example, files that were not meant for sharing—like your bank accounts—end up getting passed around the web like the latest YouTube video; dire consequences such as identify theft can take place quickly. Read more….