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Can P2P applications damage my computer or harm the computer network?

Some P2P applications can quickly use up your computer's available bandwidth quota and can degrade your computer's performance. The constant transfer between users of content-rich files (such as movies or music) can over-burden the University's network system and cause slowdowns or disruptions in service. Computer viruses can be spread via P2P file sharing over the Internet. To protect yourself, update your anti-virus programs regularly and make sure that your P2P applications do not permit outsiders to access to your computer's storage or computing capabilities.