The Recording Industry Association of America which represents the recording industry distributors in the United States, has managed to have LimeWire banished from the playing field – Boo, Hiss!!
I must confess though, I’ve never been a fan of public, peer to peer file sharing. Unfortunately, with public peer to peer file sharing, the risk factor that the user will not get what he thinks he will, is extremely high.
For example – the last time I tested public peer to peer file sharing, of the five game files that I downloaded, every one came packed with a Trojan downloader, which, had I installed any of these applications on my test machine., would have wrecked havoc.
The two main issues with peer to peer file sharing (but not the only issues) are:
Privacy: When you are connected to file-sharing programs, you may unintentionally allow others to copy confidential files you did not intend to share.
Spyware: There’s a good chance that the file-sharing program you’re using has installed other software known as spyware to your computer’s operating system. I can assure you that spyware can be difficult to detect and remove.
So what’s a user to do who enjoys file sharing, and who doesn’t want to be burned by the cybercriminals who skulk on public file sharing networks searching for victims?
A terrific solution to this dilemma is provided by a free application from GigaTribe (last updated April 23th, 2010). An application which is designed to create a private network between you, and your friends, relatives, co-workers, or, whomever you choose.
If you have every used peer to peer software, then you’ll find no learning curve involved in using GigaTribe – it’s functional, efficient, attractive, and “follow the bouncing ball” intuitive.
How much more simply can it be than this:
The following graphic is from the publisher’s site.
GigaTribe has more than 1.5 Million users.
Its unique technology has been developed by talented programmers with a strong history in the software industry.
There are no limitations on quantity or file size.
All your files are kept on your hard drive, eliminating the need to transfer them to an external server.
Files are available in their original format.
In just a few clicks, you can share and also find files as if you were in a virtual library. You will see files as they were organized on the hard drive, and you can download them in their original format.
You don’t waste time uploading files.
Once you select which folders you want to share, the contents of those folders are instantly accessible to your friends.
Your files remain yours!
Files you have decided to share are not saved on another company’s equipment. You keep your data under your control.
It´s a two-way sharing service.
Each contact can both share and download. You decide which content is worth downloading among the files available to you.
You may invite up to 500 friends.
Transfer automatically resumes.
If a download is interrupted (for example, if a contact goes offline), the transfer automatically resumes with no loss of data when your contact comes back online.
Security is, of course, GigaTribe´s major concern.
Only the people you have invited can see your files. Only the folders you have selected are visible to your contacts. Every exchange is strongly encrypted – No one can see what is being shared.
As an added bonus, users’ can create profiles, and have access to personal chat and a private blog, all from within the program. Now that’s cool!
Here’s a great example of GigaTribe in action (testimonial from the publisher’s site).
GigaTribe allows us to exchange our course materials or photos and videos of our evenings. We do not need any more to transport our external disks for sharing the big files.
GigaTribe allowed to create a network of exchange exclusively intended for the students of the school. It facilitates sharing and the mutual help between students.
It’s not often that I can rate an application 100%, but GigaTribe comes very close. A superb application! If you’re into private file sharing, or it’s something that you’ve considered, then give GigaTribe a whirl – I think you’ll be glad you did.
Checkout GigaTribe’s one minute Guide.
System requirements: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7.
Languages: English, Español, Français, Deutsch, Italiano, Português
Download at: Gigatribe
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