My son installed BitTorrent on the house computer. This of course, without asking first, as is the rule. This program slowed my computer down so much that I could not get online. I found out that as it was downloading, it was also uploading with unlimited bandwidth. I could not find any information on what it was uploading. I dislike P2P because of past experience with them, virus, spyware and the feeling I am stealing from the programmer. This program was promptly uninstalled. Is there any legitimate use for P2P programs?
This is a sad case of some very amazing technology getting smeared with a bad reputation because of how some people choose to use it.
Absolutely: there are many legitimate uses for peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) programs like BitTorrent.
In fact, I wish it were used more.
In order to understand why peer-to-peer file sharing is interesting, we first need to understand just a little about how traditional file sharing and downloads work.