Technology: 10 Mistakes that Most People Make
December 21, 2016
How to Keep Safe When Using Download Stores
It’s usually tempting to download different types of digital content off of the Internet, especially now that so many new programs are being created. However, if you don’t choose your download store carefully, you could end up with a malware-infected device. Here are tips to help you keep safe while as you buy products from a download store:
1. Stay away from automatic downloads.
Every now and then, you may come across sites that attempt to download and install software on your computer without you asking them to. Stay away from these sites at all costs, unless you are completely sure of its safety. Drive-by or automatic downloads are most often an attempt by infected sites to save malware to your computer. Reject all such downloads as you encounter them. Cancel the download as quickly as you can or close 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.
The first cardinal rule in the use of download stores is to pick one that is well-known and reputable. More than anything, you have to consider the site’s safety and dependability. 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 so many websites on the web that feature software reviews and ratings, so do check them out to add to your peace of mind. Make sure these are independent sites, however, and not marketing sites maintained by the developers themselves.
3. Make use of your antivirus software in checking 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. This software must be used for file scanning before installation. You can usually do this by right-clicking on the particular file and clicking 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. To view file specs, just right-click on the file and choose Properties. If there are any disparities, it could be a sign that the file is infected.
The above tips are only some that you must practice when buying digital content from download stores. Needless to say, do not download any file if you cannot ascertain its safety.