Master Napster - Network Bans : Security and Bandwidth
Posted by netwebly
As matter of policy many schools, universities and
other institutions are opting to ban Napster entirely. While this may
be unfortunate news for Napster fans, the reasoning
behind these decisions is, for the most part, sound.
The Bandwidth Problem
Network security - the real problem?
in the workplace
one thing, Napster consumes an insane
amount of bandwidth. There's no way around
it: it's a fact. Many schools have reported that as much as fifty
percent of their network traffic is being
eaten up by Napster
transfers. That's no big deal if it doesn't impact other traffic on the
network, but if Napster starts interfering with day to day operations,
expect your school to pull the plug.
Your Bandwidth Usage
you're worried about keeping Napster access at your school or place of
employment, it may be a good idea to resist the temptation to download
everything you can get your hands on at once. If you keep your downloading
at a reasonable level - say
no more than two files at one time and
no extended download sessions during
regular business hours, you'll reduce the chances that traffic will become
also probably a good idea to keep an eye on how much activity is going
on in your upload panel. You don't want to be selfish - but you also don't
want to be serving up files to two hundred people at a time. Encourage
others to adopt similar habits and you may get to keep Napster.
As a big of a problem as bandwidth is for network
administrators, the issue pales next the serious legal questions Napster
raises. An increasing number of colleges, universities and other organizations
are deciding to protect themselves from possible litigation by taking
Napster's legal status remains very much up in the air and probably will
continue to be uncertain for some time to come, it makes sense that schools
are concerned about possible legal action being taken against them.
Recording Industry, the record labels and individual performers have already
filed and won many law suits involving file-sharing progams. It is very
conceivable that a
university could be held liable for the actions
of its students given the right lawyer and the right courtroom. Under
the circumstances, don't be surprised if your school's lawyers decide
to close out Napster.
Another issue facing many organizations is the security
problem - which may well turn out to be the most serious of the issues
we're examining here. By itself Napster doesn't pose much of a security
risk. Even though you're allowing complete
strangers to access your hard drive when
you use Napster, there's not much they can do while they're there that
will cause problems.
it is the indirect implications of Napster
use that has many network administrators
worried - not the program itself. Because it's possible for another Napster
user to determine your IP address
while you're connected to the network, your downloading
sessions could very easily draw unwanted attention to your network, increasing
the possibility of hacker attacks and related problems.
users, by and large, are also more likely to use other file-sharing programs
FreeNet to download
things other than MP3 files. Unfortunately, this is where things can get
really nasty, really quickly. While
files themselves pose little or no security
risk, other file types can pose a threat. .Exe files
in particular, can contain computer
viruses or hacker toys like
trojan horses which
can cause serious problems.
administrators are right to be worried about the security implications
posed by Napster. You probably should be too.
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