Be Careful Of Files Purchased Off Of The Internet

There started to be a huge cluster of people who started to join the internet revolution around sometime early last decade. While the 90’s saw the introduction to the internet for the everyday user, after the year 2000 it just exploded and everyone started to jump on board. This huge boom was brought about for several reasons but one of the biggest reasons being that broadband internet was now available to the masses for the first time. In the past if you wanted to download something larger than a normal web page it would take a long time. That was because most of the people out there were using 56k modems. A simple MP3 file would take over ten minutes to download with that type of speed. Of course that is no longer the case.

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Now with all of the broadband that is available us, we are starting to see people getting used to doing everything online. They are used to downloading files both illegally and legally. The availability of files is quicker than any other format when it comes to digital media and it also allows the person to be able to enjoy the media whenever they want to. No more having to order it or going to the store. The media companies who realize that this is what is happening now are the ones who are going to make a profit with it with the next generation of consumers.

But just like with anything else on the internet you have to be careful when you are downloading files. And that warning is meant to be about any source you are downloading from, not just the illegal ones. When you hear about the dangers of the internet, you always hear about file sharing sites as being one of the main culprits when it comes to spreading malware. And while it is true that they are dangerous, it does not mean that you should not be aware of the dangers when it comes to legal files as well. There is always a chance that a legal file could have been corrupted. So whenever you download a legal file you should give it just as much suspicion as you do an illegal file.

When you are downloading files, no matter where they are from, make sure they are not corrupt. You never know where the bad guys are lurking at so it is better to be safe than sorry.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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