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Old 02-24-02, 11:29 PM   #1
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Leaving Peer to Peer File Sharing Open...

Can I get any weird stuff in my PC by sharing files?

I never opened up my MP3 library to other WinMX users,but theya re starting to disconnect me all the time for not sharing..so I was just curious , now that I opened it up..

Can anything bad happen?
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Old 02-24-02, 11:31 PM   #2
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Um, honestly, i don't think so. I don't show my stuff and they don't boot me.

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Old 02-24-02, 11:32 PM   #3
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There is always a small chance that something bad can happen when you connect to the web. IMO, though, if you expect other people to share files with you it is only fair for you to share with them.
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Old 02-24-02, 11:34 PM   #4
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There is always a small chance that something bad can happen when you connect to the web. IMO, though, if you expect other people to share files with you it is only fair for you to share with them.
That's what I realized tonite...

I had a lot of peopel "chatting" with me over WInMX's servers yelling about "OPEN UP YOUR LIBRARY OR WE WON"T LET YOU DL"
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Old 02-24-02, 11:35 PM   #5
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I usually share my good stuff with my close friends. Usually you don't get anything weird but I did receive two zip files and an html send was blocked when I was on mirc. Mirc has some bad stuff. I delete the zip files, and I can almost assure you they were bad. One was titled unzipme.zip and the other was something like porn. It was like Jenna loves Gina.xxx.zip or something. I got rid of them quick and ran full virus and trojan scans and i constantly watch my zone alarm for things going out of my computer. I left it on overnight and checked it out and freaked cuz I was at a gig sent!!! Turns out one of my morpheus d/l's completed and was being shared ruthlessly.
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Old 02-24-02, 11:36 PM   #6
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There is always a small chance that something bad can happen when you connect to the web. IMO, though, if you expect other people to share files with you it is only fair for you to share with them.
Good point. I try to stay in a small click cuz if I put some of the stuff I have on morpheus, i'd be getting leeched so bad, my computer wouldn't run.
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Old 02-25-02, 01:09 AM   #7
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is there some "unwritten rules", like not closing off the program when someone is downloading?
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Old 02-25-02, 03:10 AM   #8
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Using a program like Morpheus or WinMX (probably) isn't anything to be concerned about. Leaving Windows File & Print Sharing services active can be a big problem though (at least, if you don't know you're sharing your stuff).

Always run a firewall program such as ZoneAlarm (free for individual users). WindowsXP has a built in firewall, but I prefer the customizability of ZA.
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Old 02-25-02, 12:11 PM   #9
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it's common curtesy to share. Otherwise you are just LEECHING off other people, dragging the system down without adding anything to it. People like you are the reason why I have moved to private direct connect hubs, cause then you can regulate things like connection speed, # of open ports, and minimum share sizes.
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Old 02-25-02, 12:16 PM   #10
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of course.. everyone knows that there are pretty nice security holes in most of these peer to peer file sharing programs as well.
but the odds of someone exploiting those holes on your particular computer is pretty low.. and the damage is not really enough to be concerned about.
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