Many people use P2P networks nowadays.
As time goes on, it seems that P2P networks are increasingly being used to spread the latest malware.
I admit I recently got infected, despite having some good protection in place.
So, after thinking about it, I’ve decided to add a new technique to minimise the risk even further.
Any P2P downloads will now go through a self imposed quarantine.
eg: if I download something today, then I won’t open the file for a week or two.
Its not easy, as most of us have the “want it now” mentality, but given the increasing risk of infection, then this will help me.
It can take days, if not weeks before new malware gets incorporated into anti-virus/anti-spyware databases, so a weeks delay means my security software has a good chance of detecting a “previously undetectable” virus.
Of course this is not the best answer, since if everyone did this, then we would be no better off, given that AV companies rely (in part) on user feedback.
At the moment, its just shifting the risk of infection on to people that are impatient 🙂