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    I'm kind of expecting cries of "don't do it", but....... Are there safe ways of p2p file sharing.

    I use my computer a lot for work and study, as well as entertainment, and I do not want to compromise the security of my data etc by getting into this stuff. I would appreciate some opinions, however controversial.

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    Frankly, I don't know what the current situation is. I've always avoided P2P file sharing programs - in the past, popular ones such as Kazaa tried to install malware on your PC.

    Some stuff to read: P2P Security - OnGuard Online

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    [quote name='VegasNath' post='777187' date='27-May-2009 13:24']Are there safe ways of p2p file sharing.[/quote]
    Surely it is theoretically possible to design a p2p client that exposes only a limited amount of your hard drive and is kept free of vulnerabilities, and to operate a network that does not abuse your internet connection to distribute illicit materials. Is there any such client/network? I would be reluctant to install any such products to do that research myself.

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    Many of us who have had computers for some time have more than one. The 'old' computer, if you happen to have one (or more) is a convenient bit of hardware for experiments, using disposable accounts

    On the other hand, I think legalities, to the extent that any of us is aware of them (I just bought the Brooklyn Bridge again in the last checkbox I clicked on), should be observed. If it's illegal, don't do it.

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    [quote name='VegasNath' post='777187' date='27-May-2009 16:24']I'm kind of expecting cries of "don't do it", but....... Are there safe ways of p2p file sharing.[/quote]
    Hans mentioned Kazaa and my example goes a bit further back than that to the old dialup modem days. I was "almost" stung by the law on THREE different occasions because someone I shared something with, did something illegal with it. The only thing that saved my A*S*S was that I had proof of what and when I did what I did.

    Ever since those days, I wouldn't touch any kind of "sharing" situation with a ten-foot pole.

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    [quote name='VegasNath' post='777187' date='27-May-2009 15:24']I'm kind of expecting cries of "don't do it", but....... Are there safe ways of p2p file sharing.

    I use my computer a lot for work and study, as well as entertainment, and I do not want to compromise the security of my data etc by getting into this stuff. I would appreciate some opinions, however controversial.[/quote]

    You might want to set up a virtual machine with some very strict limits and only run the p2p software in the VM .

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    Jumping in late here, but being in a somewhat similar situation here is what I have done.
    I use Microsoft's Live SkyDrive. I upload the files that I want from my personal computer to a locked folder that isn't shared, and can then access them from my company laptop to download them. I can also upload from my company laptop to Skydrive. For some reason they seemed to feel that all of Microsoft's sites are safe and haven't blocked them.
    I took it one step further, and purchased a peripheral switch, and have that connected to my printer so I can use my personal printer as well, but that is a different story.
    Hope this helps.
    Thanks John
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