About the security of free disks on the web

Hi,
I wanted to know that is there any potential danger of up- and downloading the files through free disks available in the net?
(I tried to download a file, and I was warrned about "test certificate"). If so, what sort of dangers, and then is there any way to make sure that a site is trust worthy?

With thanks
parian061697Asked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

cheekycjCommented:
there is always dangers of downloading files from the net... dangers of malicious programs/files that carry viruses or harmful code.

I never download anything off the web that doesn't go thru some kind of virus check first.  And never run a program unless I am pretty sure what it does.

CJ
0
jhurstCommented:
Yes - very dangerous - I have personal experience of disks out of the shrink wrap from a major software vendor being infected with the Forms Virus.  Also, so much software has 'back doors' it is the nature of programmers to put back-doors in their software.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
parian061697Author Commented:
How about using the disk just for storage of my own files? (I am not talking about downloading any files done by other people. I up-loaded my own file in that "free quota of mine in the web", and after downloading it a few days later, I got the message of test certificate, which I mentioned before. So is there any danger if I use the space just for up- and downloading my own files?  
0
Cloud Class® Course: Certified Penetration Testing

This CPTE Certified Penetration Testing Engineer course covers everything you need to know about becoming a Certified Penetration Testing Engineer. Career Path: Professional roles include Ethical Hackers, Security Consultants, System Administrators, and Chief Security Officers.

cheekycjCommented:
That should be fine.  I use several places that haven't given me
any problems.

www.freedrive.com
www.docspace.com
www.magicaldesk.com

The files I upload are virus free and download them virus free too.
So there are no infections put on them while they are uploaded.

CJ
0
cheekycjCommented:
jhurst:  I believe parian is talking about online storage sites not shrink wrapped software, etc.

Also, you are not new to EE so you know better than to post immediately as an answer first.  It is customary to post everything as comments until the person is satisfied and requests a post to be an answer.

CJ
0
parian061697Author Commented:
Thanks jhurst, and sorry for delay, I was off a few days.
0
parian061697Author Commented:
I mean thanks cheekyci, and jhurst too.
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Web Development

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.