stockman wrote:Today I was going to copy a picture off AAPK and save it. My computer warned me to not do it. Is there a problem in copying pic's? They seemed to be worried about security this puzzled me.Harold
Harold, here are my thoughts (for what they are worth):
1. Images can be copyright protected which is a legal issue - not a computer security (virus) issue. This could be a reason you got warned.
2. Images cannot be a virus all by themselves. The reason I say this is because images are not executable on a computer. Images are not computer programs; they are simply data that certain programs (image viewers & editors) can read and change. There are cases where an image viewer/editor may have a defect (aka vulnerability) where an intentionally malformed image might trigger the image viewer/editor program to do something it shouldn't. So in order to have a problem downloading images you would need to download a malformed image and then open the image in vulnerable image viewer/editor. FYI, just "viewing" the image on your computer is enough to cause the problem if there is going to be a problem. Saving the image is no less secure than viewing it.
The bottom line in my opinion, is the risk of messing up your computer by downloading images is very low. In my own computing experience I am unconcerned about viewing & downloading images to any of my computer equipment.