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How to File Share Smartly

Sep 5th 2013 at 5:27 AM

File sharing has opened up a whole new world of accessing files for Internet users. It has also opened up many security vulnerabilities to people who don't know how to protect their computers and devices. In order to participate in file sharing activities, you have to be smart about the files you share, the files you access and the methods with which you exchange files. Here are some smarty ways to protect your computer and your identity when sharing files.

Secure Your Computer or Device

There's no reason not to have an antivirus program and firewall installed your computer today. Although there are paid versions, many free options are available that work just as well as their paid counterparts. Make sure you have an antivirus program installed and that it is up to date with the latest virus definitions. Also, check to ensure that your firewall is in place. Finally, remember to run scans daily or at least weekly to check for any intrusive files that may have slipped by the quick scans. Antivirus programs are also now available for smartphones and tablets.

Download from Trusted Sources

An important step you can take in protecting your computer system is to download only from trusted sources like This doesn't mean that you can't use cloud storage, peer-to-peer or other file sharing methods – it simply means that you must be aware of who you're exchanging information with. Only download files from reputable services and users. Avoid networks that have a lot of spammers and cracked software because these are signs of malicious users.

Be Smart About Sharing Your Files

We've covered how to be smart about downloading shared files, but what about uploading yours? You need to be smart about that, too. First, realize that many peer-to-peerfile sharing programs run in the background and share any number of your files. You can restrict access or prevent sharing your own files, but this activity often goes undetected by everyday users. When uploading you files to the cloud for storage and sharing, make sure you're not uploading documents, photos and other files that reveal sensitive information. Avoid uploading anything with a social security number, driver's license number, birth date or sensitive information about others whenever possible. Even if you do choose to store these types of documents in the cloud, make sure they are password protected and do not give authorization to other users. Important and sensitive documents should be kept separately from music, photos and other types of files.

If you follow the three pieces of advice above, you should have no problems sharing files safely. Remember to avoid any files with unfamiliar extensions, as these may be viruses or malware that can alter the files on your computer. Be careful about who you share your files with as well as who you download files from. Use a common sense approach with file sharing as you do with all of your online interactions, and don't forget to scan your computer system regularly.

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