Computer Repair Service in Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Fridley and Ham Lake, Minnesota
535 Coon Rapids Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
WARNING! To all parents and music lovers! The Recording Industry Association of America, (RIAA) is continuing its wave of threatened lawsuits against PC users who use Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing software to get and share songs over the Internet. At the same time, Internet crooks are increasingly using these same programs to break into PCs and install viruses that steal personal identity information and enslave PCs for their malicious use!
What is a P2P? Free file sharing programs such as Limewire, Azureus, BitComet, eMule, Shareaza, and uTorrent, offer their users the ability to join a network of users for the purpose of "sharing" files. When you install the free program you join a network of your peers, people who have the same software. The idea is that you can type in a request for a file name (IE Song or Artist name) and the software will send a request searching all the other PCs in the network for that name. If it finds the "name" you are looking for, it builds a list of PCs that will "share" it with you and you just click on the one nearest you and down comes the file. The unspoken, and illegal, purpose is usually to get "free" music. Parents, all the kids at school know about these programs and many are using them to download thousands of songs onto their iPods via your PC and high-speed Internet.
The danger is two-fold:
Quick Tip-Bit: Uninstall immediately any Peer-to-peer file sharing programs! Delete any illegally copied music stored on your PC and warn your friends. Questions; call Dean Hancy at PC Bits at 763-360-2163.
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