Showbox is a free software that allows users to download and watch movies and TV shows. The mobile app is quite popular but was taken down in December 2018. However, a new version of the app has been released in 2019 and users are flocking to install and download it.
How Legal is ShowBox?
Because Showbox provides commercial, copyrighted video content to its users for free download and without proper licensing by movie studios and producers, it is illegal to use. In fact, producers have engaged in legal battles to have the service and app shut down.
How Safe is ShowBox?
If you do prefer to use ShowBox, know that you are engaging in an illegal act. Also note that on the Internet, you are almost never 100% anonymous.
It is reported that the people behind the app agreed to warn potential users that they may be sued if they are found to have downloaded and viewed copyrighted content via the app. Which means that users are at risk.
If you download and use it, you can be traced and sued. Yes; it is unlikely that a big movie studio will come after an individual, but then who can tell?
Also note that not being an official app available from Google play Store, there is the risk that it contains malware and your personal, private data is being stolen and used for unpleasant purposes. You never can tell if your sensitive information, including passwords, bank details, card details, and more, are safe when you use such apps.
Here is a warning displayed prominently on one of the websites offering Showbox for downloadShowbox for download:
“Show Box is NOT a legitimate software application for watching copyright protected movies,” a warning on that page reads. “The movie studios will be able to see your IP address and your COMPLETE viewing history! (Do you really want the movie studios knowing the types of videos you like?)
“You will very likely be sued for copyright infringement. It is not worth the trouble! You can use Best Legal apps (alternatives) like Netflix, Amazon Prime etc.”