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Homebrew101
2006-03-14, 01:56 PM
I do not want to offend but the wife is curious and I am still learning all of this.

She is concerned that BT might expose our pc to the same things peer-to-peer networks like Kazaa do.

How can I convince her that she is being overly concerned? What is different about BT?

Again, I apologize if anyone takes offense to this question, I just need to keep everything copacetic on the homefront.

jayroch
2006-03-14, 05:56 PM
Google> Bittorrent security

Here's the first listing

http://www.joestewart.org/p2p.html

AAR.oner
2006-03-14, 06:14 PM
as long as you have a decent firewall/anti-virus pregram, your chances of being infected are slim...on top of that, its much harder to embed flac/shn files, or a video file [.ifo, .bup, .vob], with a virus or trojan than it is an executable file [tho not impossible of course]...third, the BT community involved with live show trading is a fairly tight-knit community...if someone "caught" a virus on this site [or any of the other live show BT sites], EVERYONE would know quickly...

i've only been involved in BT trading for about 3 years now, but i have never heard of anyone gettin any sort of virus/trojan/malware from a trading site...not that its not possible, but the likelihood of yer computer crashing because of using BT here at The Den is far less than yer computer crashing trying to update yer Microsoft OS :lol:

of course, if she's worried about all the potential "issues" on the web, you ought to just look into a Mac the next time around :thumbsup

saltman
2006-03-14, 06:27 PM
There's no risk. don't worry about it.

:hijack:

AAR.oner... would you care to comment on this.

http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/bulletins/SB2005.html. Linux/Unix (including Mac OS) had almost three times the number of OS-specific vulnerabilities http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=175801215&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_news reported last year compared to Microsoft Windows.

Chachi420
2006-03-14, 06:40 PM
it's safe...I've been using bt for 6+ years with no problems...

pawel
2006-03-15, 10:40 AM
it's safe...I've been using bt for 6+ years with no problems...

:roflol: was safe even before it appeared... BT is 4 years old... :roflol:

shopkin
2006-03-15, 06:22 PM
:roflol: was safe even before it appeared... BT is 4 years old... :roflol:
:lol

thats what i was thinking, has it been around that long?? :hmm:

Sacredroots
2006-03-15, 06:31 PM
I have never experienced any security issues with BT after about 2 years usage.

LocalHero
2006-03-15, 10:07 PM
Since October 2004, and I haven't had any problems....fingers crossed.

ColinM
2006-03-16, 02:07 AM
I started in November 2003 (STG days), no funny files or odd requests of my firewall in any torrent. Pretty much seeding or leeching 24/7 since that month.

Enjoy!

skyline
2006-03-16, 05:38 AM
The main thing is to get your torrents from reliable sites...

feralicious
2006-03-16, 01:18 PM
There's no risk. don't worry about it.

:hijack:

AAR.oner... would you care to comment on this.

http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/bulletins/SB2005.html. Linux/Unix (including Mac OS) had almost three times the number of OS-specific vulnerabilities http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=175801215&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_news reported last year compared to Microsoft Windows.That's interesting. I think the problem is that there's 10 times as many Windows machines out there so more people attack Windows than Mac/Linux.

I know from my own experience it's way more fun and gratifying to mess up millions of computers than just thousands. Oops. Perhaps I've said too much.