Download Store Safety Tips
It can be quite tempting to download various types of digital content off of the Internet, now that new and more exciting programs that are being created everyday. But if you’re not careful when choosing the download store to use, your device could end up infected by malware. The following will help you keep safe as you purchase items from a download store:
1. Be wary of automatic downloads.
Sometimes, you may come across a site that tries to download and install software automatically on your computer – that is, without you asking for it. Avoid these sites at all costs, unless you’re sure of its trustworthiness. Infected sites are usually behind these automatic or drive-by downloads, which are meant to contaminate your computer with malware. Reject all such downloads as you encounter them. Click the Cancel button as quickly as possible or simply close out your browser. If you failed to stop the download and the file is already in your computer, give it a virus scan or just delete it straight away. Unless you know for sure it is safe, do not open the file.
2. Only download products from trusted sources.
When using a download store, the first cardinal rule is to select one that is popular and reputable. More than anything, the site should have a reputation for being safe and reliable. Fortunately, a fast online search can provide all you have to know about a certain download store before you start downloading.
When buying software, never accept and start the download unless you have read the file’s documentation. There are so many websites on the web that feature software reviews and ratings, so do check them out to add to your peace of mind. Just make sure you’re reading from independent sites, instead of sites that developers themselves are operating for marketing purposes.
3. Use your antivirus software to check potential downloads.
Having rock solid antivirus software that’s up-to-date is one of the most effective ways of guarding your computer against digital contaminants. Use this software to scan files prior to installation. To do this, you usually have to right-click on the file and select the scan option. The antivirus software will check the downloaded software and tell you whether or not it’s safe to install.
4. Look for signs of file authenticity in the specs.
A good way to check file authenticity is by comparing the name and size of the file to the information provided on the download store’s website. To view file specs, just right-click on the file and choose Properties. Any disparities could indicate that the file is contaminated.
The tips above are but some that you have to practice when purchasing digital content from download stores. Needless to say, you should never download anything whose safety you cannot ascertain.