9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 13, 2013 4:26 AM by Terence Devlin Branched to a new discussion.
terencefromtorrevieja Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

how safe is u torrent


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (244,695 points)

    Safe from what? It's used to access and download software torrents. There are other similar products like Transmission, for example.

  • terencefromtorrevieja Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    safe from viruses

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (244,695 points)

    There are no OS X viruses. Software and what you download with it may not be safe from malware which is a good reason to avoid torrents. Only download software from "safe" sites such as MacUpdate or CNET Downloads

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (25,680 points)

    Additionally, most software you get from torrent sites is illegal (if it costs money the legitimate way) and you may not  be able to download updates. I wouldn't let me Mac anywhere near one of those sites. Do yourself a favor: pay for the software and download it from a reputable site.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,040 points)

    Additionally, I've personally found doctored versions of especially OSX that send all your info to east block countries!

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (25,680 points)

    That really sounds as though it could be serious!

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,040 points)

    Indeed, just use torrents to see the possibilties of such things, it's really trivial to doctor it & you have no control over what's installed since the installer uses special permissions to install everrything!

     

    All your eMails, Credit Card info, mother's Maiden name, in fact every keystroke & mouse movement can be monitored, as well as using your iSight to even have a pic of you for the DMV!

  • onek00lj4y Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That's not entirely true,most sensitive info is encrypted  especially bank details

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (128,875 points)

     

    That's not entirely true,most sensitive info is encrypted  especially bank details

     

    That's not entirely true either. Senstive information can be encrypted, true, but it's not encrypted by default, and requires user action to do this. Now if you so lax about security that you're dumb enough to use torrents to steal, are you dumb enough to also leave sensitive data unsecured? And what encryption will protect you from the keylogger you installed when you installed the hacked version of Photoshop or whatever?

     

    So, no, most senstive info is not encrytped unless you do it, and there's nothing special about bank details either.