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FTC ends LimeWire ID theft investigation

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 30 Aug 2010 0:49 User comments (5)

FTC ends LimeWire ID theft investigation The FTC has dropped their investigation into whether LimeWire put user's identities at risk of theft saying that the latest versions of the software have much-improved safeguards.
In a letter, the FTC said research "showed consumers continue to inadvertently share sensitive documents via peer-to-peer software like LimeWire," and that it is necessary for distributors of the software to "act more responsibly and provide safeguards against inadvertent sharing."

Despite LimeWire drastically improving its service, the FTC says the company still needs to improve the client for less tech savvy consumers.

But it said LimeWire still has to improve its service further for less savvy consumers.

"We remain concerned, however, about consumers who are still using insecure legacy versions and are therefore subject to a risk of inadvertent sharing of sensitive, personal information,"
write the FCC. "We expect LimeWire to continue to advise consumers to upgrade legacy versions of its software because of the potential safety benefits of doing so."

LimeWire responded: "We have incorporated many safeguards and have taken active steps to educate users of current and older software versions to avoid disclosure of sensitive information."

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5 user comments

130.8.2010 7:33

"Despite LimeWire drastically improving its service, the FTC says the company still needs to improve the client for less tech savvy consumers."

LoL...they only have less tech savvy users; no one else would use LimeWire.

230.8.2010 9:26

havnt used limewire in years.apparently its full of viruses and spyware.do recall using limewire years agos the basic version and downloading the pro version (for free)by using the limewire network.any program or software that can put spyware on your computer can put users identity at risk.


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330.8.2010 11:28

I tried the Lite version, it sucked. I agree with KillerBug, techsavy users stay clear of P2P for the most part.

430.8.2010 11:59

Originally posted by Mysttic:
I tried the Lite version, it sucked. I agree with KillerBug, techsavy users stay clear of P2P for the most part.
That isn't even the case; there are a lot of tech savvy people using torrents through VPNs...there are even decent LimeWire-style apps...but LimeWire is like the McAfee of file sharing. (bear share is norton)

530.8.2010 13:41

I use Frostwire... it's the same as Limewire PRO but no need to pay to get PRO

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