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. Here are tips to help you keep safe while as you buy products from a download store:
1. Stay away from 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. Steer clear of these sites at any cost, unless you are absolutely sure it is safe. Infected sites are usually behind these automatic or drive-by downloads, which are meant to contaminate your computer with malware. Upon encountering them, reject such downloads instantly. 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. Stick to products made by 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 on an independent website and not a marketing website that a software developer himself has put up.
3. Put your antivirus software to use to check potential downloads.
Rock solid and up-to-date antivirus software is one of the best things you can have on your computer to shield it from threats. Use your antivirus software for pre-installation file scans. 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 at the file specs for signs of authenticity.
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. File specs can be easily viewed if you right-click on the file and select Properties. If there are any disparities, it could be a sign that the file is infected.
The tips above are but some that you have to practice when purchasing digital content from download stores. Needless to say, do not download any file if you cannot ascertain its safety.