Windows Peer to Peer

By wesley.chin ·
Has anyone used it? What has been your experience with it?

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Fine - if you keep your eyes open! ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Windows Peer to Peer

Be very aware that by using this system you are exposing your system to all the wallies out there in the big bad world.

Wallies who have never thought about antivirus or antispyware: ****, most of the sources you'll encounter are populated by the first-time posters who instantly bleat on TR about having a system that won't work (and more importantly, don't know how it happened!).

Keeping this in mind will stand you in good stead.

You also have to get into the mindset of the plonkers who abuse the unwary P2P user, by purposely making virus-infected items available for download.

When you go looking for a specific item, take your time from the myriad of opportunities you may find and ask yourself a few cogent questions.

1. Does this file seem incredibly small?
2. Why are there lots of files exactly the same size?
3. Does the increased bitrate equate with the increased file size?

After you've been caught out a few times, you'll soon get the hang of it - but caught out you will be.

Apart from that - it's a doddle. :)


ALWAYS run a virus scan on zipped files BEFORE opening them.

Be aware that very large files (I don't need to tell you WHAT type of files these are) will download in scattered form on your hard drive, to be reassambled once all parts have come in. This can play merry **** with your hard drive (my system has the scars to prove it)!

Also, if you have any 'Incomplete' downloads (scattered files) DO NOT run a defrag until the file is complete and reassembled - defragging a hard drive with incomplete files can cause the incomplete file to irretrievably corrupt as the defrag tries to make sense of the scattered 'bits'.

I would advise allocating all P2P downloads to a secondary, non-system, hard drive. Mainly because there is a very good chance it will eventually curl up its toes and die on you.

<Edited for afterthought>

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by wesley.chin In reply to Fine - if you keep your e ...

Thanks for the reply. It seems like you have a lot of experience with Windows P2P.

I was looking into it because currently, there are some employees that are scattered in other states. It had been mentioned that it would be nice if the other employees could browse and transfer files that are in the local office.

There is not a domain, and currently VPN is not set up. The environment is corporate, so security is a big thing.

From what was mentioned, Windows P2P is similar to Napster. So security is not very good. Is this right?

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Security is what you make of it, really

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Thanks

In other words, if you take the care - you get security. But I wouldn't go as far as to say that it was an inherent quality at ground level.

Being that you are speaking of a corporate environment you might be better to examine the FTP route, that way the security would be as good as you have at present with no real outside 3rd party involvement.

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