Bellevue, Washington – Torrents may have revolutioned the way Internet users
download and share files but they also pose serious security and legal risks.
“Nobody wants to get dinged for serious money just because they downloaded 'Hurt
Locker'”, said Oliver Thompson, Media Manager at ixDownload.Com, the Internet's
leading software review and resource site.
Besides the ever present threat of lawsuits, penalties, and possible jail time,
torrents pose a serious danger to computer security. “There really is no
EFFECTIVE quality control or screening for illegal torrents,” noted Thompson.
“Sure, many torrent sites have forum-like commenting systems for downloads but
these are easily defeated. The main reason many torrents' review pages are
several pages long is because malware uploaders kept posting bogus “good”
reviews to bury or hide critical reports of malware presence or viral
infection.” Many torrent sites just repost torrents found in many other similar
sites and aren't screened by site operators. “Even if they had a serious
screening process, it probably won't work since torrent sites don't store
physical copies of the actual files. They just host files that tell torrent
download software where to find the files,” observed Thompson.
To make matters worse, trojan builders use differing versions of “binding”
software aimed at bypassing security software. Since not all security programs
are updated uniformly, many security programs produce false positives and tag
otherwise “clean” software as possible trojans. “This results in a lot of
confusion. Users may reach a point where they don't know which program to trust
anymore,” lamented Thompson.
“Because of the confusing false positives, serious computer damage, and legal
problems torrents can cause, we've launched a resource page to help users
navigate the hell caused by illegal torrent use,” said Thompson. The resource
page explains what torrents are at
and how they can harm your computer. “We offer practical and vital tips that
will help users use certain “best practices” that should minimize the dangers
posed by the download and use of torrent files.” IXDownload's resource page
outlines the dangers, possible legal applications, and practical ways of
avoiding the dangers illegal torrents bring. “While using antimalware software
provides a lot of effective protection, software is not enough. Software plus
AWARENESS is the key to a highly effective and practical set of practices that
can ensure that your computer does not become infected by malware. Users'
internet usage habits dictate their level of security and we seek to address
that with the resource page,” said Thompson.
Bottomline, the number one cause of torrent-based security attacks is not the
torrent site itself but user habits. Learn to browse the Internet in a secure
and responsible way and the legal and security threats posed by torrents drop
ixDownload.Com is the Internet's leading software information and resource site
focusing on a wide range of security, productivity, and multimedia applications.