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Windows 7: The Hidden Security Risks of P2P Traffic

30 Jun 2012   #1
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
The Hidden Security Risks of P2P Traffic

For years enterprises have been trying to control peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies inside their networks, and for good reason. The efficiency with which P2P technology move large files have made P2P networks key enablers of the Internet grey market by acting as the distribution mechanism of choice for pirated movies, music or applications. Aside from P2P being a source for pirated content, they are also a significant enabler of malware as both an infection vector and a command-and-control (C2) channel. These security risks have made controlling P2P traffic a priority for many security teams.

A Guy

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30 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Wouldn't go near the stuff with a 10 foot pole. If there isn't a free alternative out there which does a sufficient job for me, I'll gladly pay for the commercial version that better meets my need. I've only purchased a few applications in the last 10 years, and that is because the free stuff out there is really, really solid these days. I buy my OS, games, Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD and Acronis True Image 2010. Everything else, free.
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30 Jun 2012   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

First I don't now or ever have used P2P/Torrent. Second; I didn't know the security risk were ever hidden. Anybody that wanted to know would of had no problem finding the risk and tons of information about such risk.
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30 Jun 2012   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

The fact that someone has wondered in the Texas woods barefoot and not been bit by a rattlesnake doesn't mean they should continue to do so.

My standard advice:

References citing the risk of using P2P programs:

Malware: Help prevent the Infection
Perils of P2P File Sharing
How to Prevent the Online Invasion of Spyware and Adware

I strongly recommend that you uninstall:
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05 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1

Torrents.. pshaw... It's like dipping your feet into a vat of boiling lard and wondering why they're burning...
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