If you are using Nikon View NX2 and the related Nikon Transfer program accessed from within View, you should be fine. The corruption issue is with an old program called Nikon Transfer - version 1.5.3 - and it should not be used unless you have an old computer not compatible with View.
I don't see any real problem with using the cable connection. It's a little slower than a card reader. Make sure your have at least 25% of your battery.
George makes a good point about deleting images when they are transferred. Make sure you do not delete any images when they are transferred since any problems cannot be recovered if the original images are gone. Verify you have the images - and ideally make a backup copy - before you delete anything. You can review the settings under the Preferences in Nikon Transfer.
Nikon Transfer allows you to have a lot of flexibility in naming files. Choose an approach that works for you.
Spend a little extra time getting exposure right for the first image. There are several ways to get a good exposure - exposure compensation on an automated setting or simply use manual exposure.