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#1 pearlly

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 01:24 AM

G'day

I downloaded skype after a friend recommended to me. But then in their webiste, it says "skype is a peer-to-peer program". P2P ?? This scares me out. i downloaded but not yet use the skype, as I want to be sure it is safe to use, and not put myself in security problems. I am a non-techie, when I had a virus problems with my pc a while back, my helper in spywareforum told me NEVER ever use a P2P program, it sounds like Skype falls in this category. Please correct me if it is not. Anything to do with security will catch my attentions after that long fight with virus issues. It took me 3 and a half months to fix it. So has anyone been experiencing any security issues with Skype? Any pros and cons? Any practical advices on how to maintain safety ?

thanks alot
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 02:58 AM

Some P2P programs are safe. I think Skype is one of the safe P2P programs.

#3 pearlly

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 06:42 AM

Ok, this is a positive review. Thanks, Senbonzakura. I have read some bad reviews about it and get fricky out. It says skype bypass firewall, and allows virus install in your computer. Any more feedback on skype ?? Any pros and cons will be appreciated. Also, is there a list to tell me which P2P is safe, and which is not? Any suggestion.

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 02:17 PM

Skype is technically a P2P (Peer to Peer) program, in that, more than one peer participates in communication.

It is not the same as a P2P sharing program, such as Limewire, Kazaa, Bearshare, uTorrent, BitTorrent, etc., which utilize a large peer network to share files (often illegally).

Skype is a great program (I use it for communicating with relatives in other parts of the world for free :D ).


Take a look at this article for more information about "clean" P2P programs, which don't necessarily bundle malware, but the risks associated with P2P sharing are alive and well:


Edit: fixed link-- sorry!!
http://www.spywarein...o/articles/p2p/

Edited by screen317, 13 July 2009 - 07:03 PM.

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#5 jedi

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 02:22 PM

screen, I've disabled your link, it goes to the old defunct site.

This is a useful list:
http://www.malwarere...om/p2pindex.php

As screen317 says, Skype is a great program.
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#6 TheJoker

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 06:21 PM

Here's a better link for safe/unsafe P2P programs:
http://p2p.malwareremoval.com.

And here's the article that I think screen317 intended:
http://www.spywarein...o/articles/p2p/

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#7 pearlly

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 07:31 PM

Thanks alot, screen317, jedi & the joker . I think I got the basic ideas, so if a program/software will allow me to download files from someone else computer, it is unsafe. If a software just asks me to share my pc screen, so we can see each other's screen, but not download, it is safe, right? thanks for your patient explanation.

thanks again
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 08:17 PM

P2P programs are not necessarily unsafe themselves (although some are as they install malware); the problem is that the software you download may be infected, and often is. It's like Russian roulette, and if it's infected, will your antivirus detect that particular virus or other malware. Even simply downloading audio files can bring unwanted malware.

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