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I couldn’t believe what I’ve read the very first time I saw the description of this freeware from a known software download site. I told myself, really? Is there such thing as software to keep P2P software users against copyright infringement lawsuits and identity theft?
If you’re one of the many users of peer-to-peer file sharing network sites and uses their tool for file uploading and downloading purposes, you better read along because this might seriously hit you.
Peer to peer file sharing networks like LimeWire, uTorrent, Azureus Vuze, BitTorrent, eMule, or Ares where music, movies, or software are shared can eventually expose you to copy infringement lawsuits and identity theft when not seriously thought about.
You wouldn’t want to pay millions like this woman here or get into trouble and be broke similar to this case. Both incidents directly point to P2P software—it’s dangers and the consequences of irresponsible use.
According to my reading, ZapShares scans and monitors your computer to identify potential security threats caused by file sharing software installed on your PC.
The capability of the software ensures that you or anybody in your household doesn’t accidentally share files that could lead to expensive copyright infringement lawsuits and protects your private information from identity thieves.
ZapShares when activated creates a Secured Vault for downloads similar to this destination folder
C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataZapSharesDownloads-SecureVault.
The way files are shared would still depend on the folder’s location. The best way to do for it to work is set your P2P software’s download location to the Secured Vault.
Since copyright violation points to P2P users who distribute copyrighted materials to other P2P users for download, this software then prevents the unwanted from happening.
Although I’m not thoroughly convinced that this could prevent identity theft because based on my experience with 4Shared whose software I’ve tried works typically by scanning your computer’s hard drive and making it available online which is very frightening. 4Shared is a web-based P2P file sharing network that is not supported by ZapShares. The former creates a virtual folder that makes your files available online. One sad thing about this network is that you don’t have the ability to delete your account within the site once you created it. You have to email them instead.
4Shared was cited above as an example that would provide an understanding on the dangers of using P2P software, web-based or not. I don’t guarantee that ZapShares work 100% and I can’t vouch for it simply because I don’t have accounts with LimeWire, FrostWire, Azereus Vuze, uTorrent, BitTorrent, Ares, eMule, eMule Plus, and Shareaza which only means as well that I haven’t used any of these networks’ software or services. I can only say that you use it at your own discretion.
P2P networks have advantages and disadvantages but it’s all up to you to weigh things and think which side you are choosing. Let me know your thoughts about this.