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I am using fedora 21 and I would like to know if a virus can attack my system if I download movies from torrent or some other sites?

asked 2016-01-22 22:50:07 -0500

Ahmed Helali gravatar image

I am using fedora 21 and I would like to know if a virus can attack my system if I download movies from torrent or some other sites?

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answered 2016-01-23 10:17:40 -0500

davidva gravatar image

mmm the problem here If you download copyright material from public trackers, you may get notice from your ISP as a warning. They usually sent three warnings before suspending your account. Even worse, you may get notice directly from Hollywood guys on copyright infringement. Companies like MPAA or RIAA also spy on internet for copyright infringement. They may send you notice with a fat pay-up to settle things.

if you want to download public torrents in USA, you may use a VPN. It creates a secure tunnel between your computer and its server. It sends encrypted data from this tunnel. Hence, your ISP cannot see your activities; it can only see bandwidth you are consuming, amount of data you are transmitting and that you are using a VPN. In addition, it masks your IP with a new IP; hence, your IP would not be traceable.

About virus; In a word, "no." "Any computer that is attached to a network is not immune to viruses. But, as with everything else, it's relative. If you compare the vulnerability of Linux to Windows, you can understand why so many say Linux is immune. But before we get into any myth busting, let's examine just what a computer virus is." Jack Wallen

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answered 2016-01-23 05:36:03 -0500

Guus gravatar image

Hi Ahmed,

First off, get the most recent distro of Fedora (currently 23). That reduces the risk.

Second, any virus that targets Linux or a managed platform like java that you run from linux, might hurt you. No system is without fault. MS Windows targeted virusses you should be safe from, unless you use Wine.

In order to be safe you need safe guards. One of the measures you could (and should) take is installing something like tripwire or AIDE. Do that, whether you suspect problems or not. They alert you when something weird is going on. Without these tools, any number of virusses, rootkits etc could be working in your system without you knowing it.

Having said all that, I have no knowledge of movies being contaminated. As far as I know, movies should be safe. Still, install safeguards.

Kind regards, Guus.

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