Are “corrupt my file” sites safe? Here’s why to avoid corrupt-a-file services

Am I the last one to know about “corrupt my file” sites? 

Joshua Long reports that apart from file corruption that occurs accidentally in our lives or in some cases intentionally by malware, there are sites that will intentionally corrupt a file for you.

While that may seem entirely counterproductive, corrupt-a-file sites make claims such as:

“Didn’t finish that assignment? Need more time to finish the report? Life happens… Upload your file and we’ll corrupt it for you. Then you can download and send it to whomever and they’ll only be able to open a corrupted file. This will give you some precious and sweet extra time.”

“Struggle with a report you can’t complete? Bored by this Excel sheet? Tired with this code which won’t work? Send us your file and we corrupt it. Your boss, customer or teacher will think you delivered on time, yet he can’t open it due to technology hassle. Mission completed!”

While such gray-market services may sound attractive, Long points out a number of privacy and security concerns you should consider before using one of these services.

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