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I've heard that in similar programs, there still remains the slim possibility if a bug or loop hole and someone could be able to hack your computer. Is this true? confused.gif

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Wait.... What? And why didn't you post this in the F@H section? And there is no possibility what so ever. You're just crunching data that Stanford gives you.

Look at so many teams/people that are folding, if it was a vulnerability, you think people would be doing it?
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I showed my dad what you wrote and he still isn't convinced that F@H is safe and he wont let me do it. Oh well...

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F@H is nothing more than distributed work from Stanford.. It is in no way malicious or will in no way allow anyone access to your computer..
Tell him its helping to advance science.
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Edited by Capwn - 1/31/11 at 3:38pm
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F@H is a distributive program from Stanford and communicates directly with Stanford. This isn't like a normal internet browser that can go all over the interwebs. Besides, this is Stanford, one of the nation's most prestigious academic universities. I highly highly doubt Stanford would ever do something to compromise your personal computer.
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Originally Posted by toxaris71;12214799 
I showed my dad what you wrote and he still isn't convinced that F@H is safe and he wont let me do it. Oh well...

Thanks anyway, Rep+

Wait.... You have to ask your dad before you can do something on your computer? I lol'ed.
     
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Wait.... You have to ask your dad before you can do something on your computer? I lol'ed.

No, i completely understand, if my son wanted to run a program that i didn't know anything about, and if he is like 11/12 years old, then maybe he doesn't understand what viruses are yet. It sounds a bit stupid "Hey dad, can i run folding@home on my pc? it crunches data and uploads stuff", that sounds fishy, like torrenting software, etc. Now, to the dad, it's perfectly safe. It just uses the CPU power to crunch proteins, and then uploads the results to standford university. if they send anything malicious to you, you could probably SUE them.

Now, if you don't want your son running it, that's your choice as a parent, but the program itself is fine, and there are no loopholes in it. It's no worse then connecting to the internet with a internet browser.

Also, does the PC your going to run it on your own rig, or your dad's? If it's your dad's pc, i think it would be rude for my son to use 100% of my CPU power and GPU power while i'm trying to play or surf.
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Wait.... You have to ask your dad before you can do something on your computer? I lol'ed.

Same.

Why AREN'T you folding? There is NO possible way of anything bad happening to your computer by folding. Go download it anyway, screw your dad.
    
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No, i completely understand, if my son wanted to run a program that i didn't know anything about, and if he is like 11/12 years old, then maybe he doesn't understand what viruses are yet. It sounds a bit stupid "Hey dad, can i run folding@home on my pc? it crunches data and uploads stuff", that sounds fishy, like torrenting software, etc. Now, to the dad, it's perfectly safe. It just uses the CPU power to crunch proteins, and then uploads the results to standford university. if they send anything malicious to you, you could probably SUE them.

Now, if you don't want your son running it, that's your choice as a parent, but the program itself is fine, and there are no loopholes in it. It's no worse then connecting to the internet with a internet browser.

Also, does the PC your going to run it on your own rig, or your dad's? If it's your dad's pc, i think it would be rude for my son to use 100% of my CPU power and GPU power while i'm trying to play or surf.
I wouldn't let my kid (if i had one) anywhere near my computer, he or she can save up allowance and buy his or her own to break. tongue.gif
     
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