US-CERT Cyber Security Tip: Risks of File-Sharing Technology

File-sharing technology is a popular way for users to exchange, or “share,” files. However, using this technology makes you susceptible to risks such as infection, attack, or exposure of personal information.“

What is file sharing?
File sharing involves using technology that allows internet users to share files that are housed on their individual computers. Peer-to-peer (P2P) applications, such as those used to share music files, are some of the most common forms of file-sharing technology. However, P2P applications introduce security risks that may put your information or your computer in jeopardy.

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What risks does file-sharing technology introduce?

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