A Guide to Using File Share Applications Responsibly
We can not emphasize enough the importance of using these file share programs responsibly when plunging into the world of p2p networks. There are numerous p2p applications offering users a wide range of measures to ensure their protection and also detailed information in their frequently asked questions (FAQ) which prove quite useful if you want to use this kind of application properly. You can check our list of FAQs for the most popular file sharing programs.
You can start by checking if the files you are sharing are available, meaning that they should comply with one of the licensing types that permit sharing. Such licensing types are Creative Commons, Public Domain and try-before-you-buy licensing. Generally, p2p clients come with lots of symbols that will be displayed next to known files as to let you know what type of licensing you are dealing with.
However, in case you are unsure many p2p apps frequently make available a link to the copyright office where you can look for this kind of information on with regard to a certain file. This is how you start to use file sharing programs in a responsible manner.
A subsequent step would be to limit your download to the files that you really want or are interested in and not download a large amount at a time because downloading such a large amount can create a great exposure to your system in addition to consuming resources that your PC needs for other programs. Another problem with downloading large amounts of files is that it could seriously slow down your computer.
Since download programs download from multiple locations at the same time you can get files quickly however they also can increase fragmentation so if you use a file sharing program and do a large amount of downloading, normal download amounts will create less of an issue with fragmentation, run your systems defrag program regularly. This not only helps to keep the p2p client running smoothly but your system as well.
Always remember to keep your computer safe when using file sharing applications and make sure you don’t include confidential data in your share folders. We recommend that all the files you want to share should be kept in one folder only. Doing this maintains access to your system limited and also eases up scanning files.
There are many advantages to using p2p networks but there’s also responsibility behind it. Part of that responsibility is making sure that you don’t download unauthorized content and regularly scan your machine. Moreover, don’t forget to make your contribution – the network is made of users such as you who want to share their files. We stress the fact that your contribution should at least keep a 1 to 1 share ratio and always let each file you download to be shared entirely and downloaded completely with at least one other person.