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Storage Sites: Unintended P2P > Sometimes, you don't know you're sharing

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message 1: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod,289142,sid195_gci1376540,00.html

I had an experience like this. Someone sent me a link to Dropbox, so I could download a voice recording that he had done for me. It was legit.

To my horror, the site immediately snagged and duplicated a bunch of my private stuff and uploaded it.

It took a while, and a lot of searching before I could figure out how to uninstall and delete.

message 2: by Guido (new)

Guido Henkel (guidohenkel) | 54 comments Mod
It is about high tide for that. I've often been wondering about this, particularly with viruses. What prevents a virus from getting in my system, silently setting itself up as a p2p link and sharing out data and files without me even knowing it is there?

Another reason to use a Mac instead of one of those super-vulnerable Windows machines.

message 3: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
Guido, I was on a Mac.

message 4: by Guido (new)

Guido Henkel (guidohenkel) | 54 comments Mod
Yes, I can see that happening with the Dropbox as it is by definition considered public. It's a good idea to be careful with what you put in there, I suppose.

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