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Shareware and Its Network Security

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Shareware and Its Network Security The creation of the concept sharewares was one of the most revolutionary innovations of the 1980's. This new idea allowed the development of an online community of program users that do not need to rely on just retailers. A Shareware is a method of software distribution that distributes softwares for free to download and use. Shareware programs usually are programs one may buy from any computer store, but comes with the advantage of being able to try it out before actually buying it. However, this software is not the full package and comes with basic limitations. Sharewares may comprise of many kinds of softwares that involves: games, software, word processing, real estate, personal finance, etc. The concept of shareware was originally started in 1982 coined as the term "freeware". It was developed by two programmers named Andrew Fluegleman and Jim Knopf who in fact invented this method from soft ware piracy. ...read more.


Shareware programs are very broad and encompass many types of programs that are useful to the casual gamer to the busiest businessman. However, with the busier traffic and ever expanding internet, the issue of security is increasing. To learn more about the security protocols and flaws of the shareware networking, one must learn about the general operation of the internet and its networking facilities. The internet is fundamentally a vast network of networks. A computer network is a connection of many computers through land or wireless means. An internet is a vast network that is hosted by many servers that host many other local networks all through wireless means. The computers are hosted through the Internet Protocol or the IP address that specifies a computer's network address to which it is accessed to by other computers or networks. Another computer may be accessed easily if handled by an experienced user or professional. This is a major security flaw in any network system as one may hack into another system without much difficulty. ...read more.


These can also be run into any networks like shareware networks that may be created by a criminal to steal credit card or to advertise spam. Although sharewares have been very revolutionary to the computer world as they allow quicker solutions to frequent and active users, they also come with the price of the same network security flaws as that of any unsecured networks over the internet. The hundreds of millions of people who use the internet on a regular basis are more often than not unaware of such dangers hidden. One may consider the dangers of only "the computer got hacked," but the implications are far more meaningful as faceless criminal lurk every corner of the cyber world without traces and may prey upon an innocent victim not only steal personal information, but also they may target a business and thieve millions of dollars to the unsuspecting. One must always be aware of the existence of such issues and be careful when using sharewares and especially its network, because the author or any experienced user is a potential hacker. ...read more.

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