What risks are involved? In addition to downloading viruses that shared files could contain, you could be breaking national copyright laws. Thus, not only might you infect your computer, you might also put yourselft at risk for lawsuits and hefty fines. You may also be downloading spyware-- software that gathers personal information about you without your knowledge, allows hackers to access your personal files and programs, and may put you at risk for identity theft.
What can I do to protect myself?
- The campus offers inexpensive anti-virus software, available for download via the ?UCD Resources? tab in MyUCDavis.
- Legally, UC Davis can't protect you if a copyright-holder sues you for trading or downloading their property (songs, movies, software, etc.). It is your legal responsibility to respect copyright agreements on file-sharing networks (see the UC's copyright education Web site at www.universityofcalifornia.edu/copyright/).