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kiprhyn

Shareaza P2P--is it risky now?

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I was looking for a P2P app now that I've had to rebuild my system. Natch, I came here to see what's safe and what's not. Shareaza is on the safe list, but when I went to their site, they've got a big announcement that they've made it open source.

 

Now, I like open source, in general, but..... BitTorrent is on the safe list, but with a warning to ONLY get it from BitTorrent. The reason is that BitTorrent is open source, so someone could drop a keylogger, malware, etc., into it.

 

So, if BitTorrent warrants a cautionary word, it seems Shareaza now needs the same kind of caveat.

 

kip

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The BitTorrent warning is there because someone put adware in a particular distribution. There is nothing inherently risky about Open Source. In fact, it is safer than closed source.

 

If someone distributes something based on Shareaza that bundles adware or spyware, a warning will go up about it.

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the risk in Shareaza is not in the program its self. but what you may end up getting with it in down loads.

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It's good to hear that the BitTorrent warning was because of a known exploitation, rather solely because it's open source. When possible, I'd rather deal with open source from a known reliable provider, than to use software that doesn't let you look under the hood. java script:emoticon(':whistle:')

 

Kip :whistle:

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