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File Sharing Protection

Symantec Internet Threat Meter
File Sharing
Use Basic Caution
LOW
RISK
Use Basic Caution
No significant malicious activity
Although attackers often use this medium to distribute trojan applications and malicious code, no high-profile threats are currently affecting the medium. Always use caution when downloading files, especially from sources you don’t know or trust.

How They Attack


How You Know


What To Do

MalwareMalware
  • Malware may spread through common peer-to-peer file sharing applications by placing themselves in shared directories with enticing filenames
  • Some Malware threats use peer-to-peer networks to communicate out from an infected system
  • Scan all files with an Internet Security solution before transferring them to your system
  • Only transfer files from a well known source
  • Use Norton Internet Security to block all unsolicited outbound communication
SpywareSpyware
  • Some adware may be bundled with some "free" versions of popular file-sharing programs
  • Always read carefully the End User License agreement at Install time and cancel if other "programs" are being installed as part of the desired program
VulnerabilityVulnerabilities
  • Personal information can be extracted from open connections during peer-to-peer connections
  • Make sure your computer is configured securely
  • Use Norton Internet Security to block all unsolicited outbound communication
  • Protect personal data by limiting the folders and files that can be shared on the peer-to-peer network