Stick to services you trust:
A great starting place is the Find Legal Services page, regularly updated with legal services available to New Zealanders
Make use of your ISP’s parental control settings:
Software can also be used to filter and control access to websites. Contact your ISP to find out more about how they can help you with this.
Talk to your family about illegal file sharing and staying safe online:
Make sure they understand why file sharing is wrong, how it can be dangerous and the consequences it can have for both your family and the copyright holders whose work is being infringed. You may want to make use of resources such as the Digizen Family Agreement and Digital File Check software to ensure that your family’s computers are not being used to share files illegally without your knowledge
Check your computer for shared files and file-sharing software:
You can search your computer to check if you have any file-sharing (P2P) software installed – the names to look out for are μTorrent, Azureus (AKA Vuze) and Mainline (AKA BitTorrent). You can also make use of the Digital File Check software, or follow the steps in the ‘Finding the Problem’ video on our Staying Legal Online page.
- If you’re on a PC, just type ‘torrent’ into the search window of your start menu to check if you have any of these programs, and remove the program by entering your Control Panel and finding the software in the “Add or Remove Programs” menu.
- If you’re on a Mac, you can search for file-sharing programs through the finder – just search ‘torrent’, or the name of any particular software, then all you need to do is drag the program into your trash.
Check the browser history on your computers:
See if your family has visited illegal websites without your knowledge. The top 10 most-used sites to watch for are:
- The Pirate Bay