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Downloading Scams Illegal Online Activities Game Theft and Other Things to Watch out for

Avoid losing money to scammers and legal fines.

Illegal downloading is a rising problem as music, movies, clips, books, and more become available via the internet. People distribute illegally, upload illegally, and download illegally. Some people even go as far as to sell the copyrighted material, earning a hefty profit on stolen licences or unlicensed products. Here are some things that you, as an internet user, should know about internet activities, such as downloading, before you get caught up in some illegalities:

1) Even if you pay for something on the internet, it doesn’t automatically make everything legal. There are websites out there that will charge fifty dollars and up a month, promising access to unlimited downloads for movies and games. Inexperienced/unaware users will often times think, “Hey, if I’m paying for it, then it must be legal.” Unfortunately, this is not the case. There are many scams out there that have the user pay the fee, and then direct the user to torrent sites that the user could have accessed without paying a fee to begin with. Make sure to read up about websites and companies before shelling out any cash.

2) Torrents, such as microtorrent, bearshare, and limewire are some really good avenues for illegal downloading. What a lot of people don’t realize about these sites is that it’s not just the downloading that can get a user in trouble, but also uploading. It doesn’t matter if the user has purchased the CD for every song downloaded; it’s the sharing with other users and helping to illegally distribute licensed works that will get the user in trouble.

3) Money back guarantees are not always really money back guarantees. Avoid sending money to anyone without a legitimate company name and a personal identifier. There are many websites out there that will tell the name of the organization used to accept payments online, but the site that is actually being downloaded from will have a hidden identity. Google anything that looks suspicious or that you have never seen before.

4) If a user pays for access to a website and the website seems to come through with tons of downloads, the user should be asking questions about how legitimate the downloads are. Did the user pay a one-time, flat fee, or does the user pay-per-download? What does the fine print in the terms of service say (as in, is the website accepting responsibility to ensure that the downloading is legal)?

5) Watch out for viruses. Some torrent sites will offer a “virus free guarantee”, but still be wary. Free downloads are notorious for containing malicious software that can destroy a computer. Make sure that the website/torrent/user is known before downloading anything.

 

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