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The Perils of P2P File Sharing

Peer to Peer (P2P) file-sharing applications allow users to share any type of file with other computers over the Internet. Popular P2P applications include Grokster, Limewire, Morpheus and KaZaa.

Although most commonly used to share music and video files, P2P can make files on your computer available to potentially millions of users.

Sharing copyrighted material over a P2P network may result in legal action against both the user and the University.

P2P applications may also serve as an entry point for computer viruses, worms, trojans, spyware and other malicious software. These scenarios are especially dangerous if your computer contains or accesses systems containing sensitive information such as Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI).

Never install P2P applications on your University of Miami computer without the appropriate University approval or authorization. Please uninstall any unauthorized P2P applications immediately. If you need assistance, contact your System Administrator. For further information on P2P, please view the University’s Peer-to-Peer Policy.

Posted January 3, 2005