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Downloads and file sharing

You can share files of music, films and even homework online, but be careful when sharing files because some websites have files that are extremely disturbing and illegal to have in your possession.

Some website files can be labelled incorrectly and so you may think you’re downloading the latest official video, but end up with a pornographic or violent film.

When file sharing or downloading, use trusted websites and applications so that you don't download more than you bargained for.

To download legitimate videos and music, it is worth paying for the official download files to ensure they are safe from trusted and safe software or applications. Swapping files can also mean you end up swapping viruses or spy-ware, which can damage your computer or lead to pop-ups and spam.

More safety information on downloads and file sharing is available from the Get Safe Online website.

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