Teaching the Netbasics? Click Here (Coming Soon)

Dangerous Downloads

What is safe to download from the web?

It is more important to know where the download comes from than what it is. Be sure that you trust the website before you download.

Does this mean there are some websites I can't visit?

If your computer is secure, it should be safe to search most of the web. Some types of sites (e.g. adult content) are more likely to include malware, but even legitimate sites might be unknowingly compromised.

Is Peer to Peer file sharing safe or not?

Peer to peer (P2P) comes with its own set of risks, just like other web technologies. The nature of P2P file exchange means that even the best computer security can be bypassed. P2P is used by some criminal communities to circulate malware and exchange illegal content. But it also used to legitimately distribute all sorts of files.

The Family