Peer-to-Peer Network, a Brief Discussion

Friday, April 7, 2017

With Peer-to-Peer networking one computer could be connected with another directly for sharing files of various types like music, audio, images, documents and software. This popular distributed application architecture was first initiated by companies such as Napster and Kazza. With P2P networking you don’t need to rely on a centralized client server relationship. Instead, all of the computers on the network can take care of security and administration among themselves. But the users must specify about who will get access to what. Apart from having network cards in all the computers, in peer-to-peer network, the user needs to use the same cables, hubs and switches alike the client-server model. Only difference is there will be no server. For network setup, you can get in touch with a computer repair company that is experienced in offering technical support in this context.

Peer-to-peer network is ideal to connect a small number of computers. Although this is a very popular concept, but as far as security features are concerned, it is not very strong. In that case, it is better to go for a client server model. Here the users must have access permission to folders, and for this, they will be asked for passwords. They can choose to not require passwords. This lack of hierarchy has a tremendous impact on the security of your network and you will need adequate training for your users to prevent problems.

There are a number of risks of Peer-to-Peer networking. It exposes your PC to any and all types of infections such as viruses, worms, spyware, unwanted adware, and Trojan horses, etc. Hackers can easily access to your computer and can steal important personal data. Statistics shows that breach of security is very common in Peer-to-Peer networking. If the user is not conscious enough there is always a chance of stealing personal information.  There are a number of hackers who are looking for unaware computer users. It is always suggested not to use P2P applications. But if you are using it, you must take enough security measures to minimize risks.

You must use anti-virus software to protect your computer against viruses. This antivirus software program must be updated in regular basis. There must be spyware software installed in your PC. It is also a must to install operating system updates and patches. The firewall on your computer must be turned on as it blocks hackers, worms and viruses that try to access your computer over the Internet. If you are downloading a file, ensure it is virus free. Run a virus check before downloading.  

Back up your files in regular basis. If your computer gets virus infected or if you lose valuable files you can easily get it.

For tech support on P2P networking, you can consult a computer help provider. There are many such help providers in the market.

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