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Download Store Safety Tips

It can be tempting to download software and other digital content from the Internet, especially with all the new and exciting programs being created from day to day. 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.

From time to time, you may stumble upon a site that will try to download and install software on your computer automatically, meaning, whether or not you asked it to. 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. When you do encounter them, reject these downloads immediately. Click the Cancel button as quickly as possible or simply close out your browser. If the file has been downloaded before could cancel it, scan it for viruses or delete it right away. Never open the file unless you are sure it is safe.

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. Luckily, a quick search online can give you all you need to know about a particular download store before you begin downloading.

When purchasing software, do not accept and begin the download unless you have read and understood the documentation. There are many sites on the Internet that review software, so go ahead and visit them to give you more peace of mind. Just make sure you’re on an independent website and not a marketing website that a software developer himself has put up.

3. Make use of your antivirus software in checking potential downloads.

Having solid antivirus software that’s updated is one of your best safeguards against system threats. 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 examine the downloaded software and tell you whether or not it’s safe for installation.

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.