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Online Piracy 101

Today we have a variety of legitimate streaming services providing the public with licensed television, film and sports content. Unfortunately, there are also countless illicit streaming services and websites offering stolen content and taking advantage of the hard work of others for unlawful gain. Pirate services seem attractive because of their low prices but these “deals” are illegal and come with many risks. Learn about content piracy here.

What is Torrenting?

Are torrents safe? Torrenting can be a good way to get large files, but it’s also a way people share stolen content. (Watch)

What is a Threat Actor?

A threat actor is anyone who has the potential to affect your device or network security and make your valuable information vulnerable. Cybercriminals are one type of threat actor.

That ‘Fail-Safe Movie Download’ May Not Be Safe

Some movie studios have begun to release new films simultaneously in theaters and on their streaming platforms. This allows new films to reach the...
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Risks of Viewing Pirated Content

There are many risks associated with viewing unauthorized, stolen content. Read about four big ones.
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What Pirate Streaming Sites Use to Lure Consumers

Pirates use several distribution methods to offer customers stolen content.
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Watching Pirated Content is Not Safe

Pirated content is not safe. Downloading, streaming or torrenting pirated content can put your devices and your personal information at risk from malware.

Is Piracy Legal?

Content pirates circumvent legal copy protection and distribute material without the authorization or permission of the content owner.
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Fake Streaming Free Trial Delivers Malware Rather than Films

A new scheme uses our appetite for free trials to trick people into downloading a backdoor into their computers.

Expert Series: How Pirates Use Legal Platforms to Sell Illegal Services

Pirates not only steal content, but then they deploy free platforms such as Facebook or Ebay or Amazon to be able to sell these devices. Now, the platforms sometimes make efforts to try to stop that, but it becomes a bit of a game of “Whac-a-Mole.”
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Expert Series: Consequences of Pirate Services

Streaming content from pirate services carries risks. Here are just a few.
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Expert Series: How to Know If Your Content Is Pirated

Avoiding pirated content is easier with a little awareness of how pirate services work.
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Expert Series: Pandemic and Risk

More streaming at home means an increased risk of malware infection.