How to Keep Safe When Using Download Stores
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. However, if you’re not careful with the download store you choose, your device could be at risk for malware infections. The tips below can help you stay safe while purchasing products 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. Automatic or drive-by downloads are often used by infected sites to plant malware in your computer. Upon encountering them, reject such downloads instantly. Click Cancel as fast as you can or just close your browser. If the download has been completed before you could stop it, scan it or delete it right then and there. Unless you know for sure it is safe, do not open the file.
2. Buy products only 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, the site should have a reputation for being safe and reliable. Luckily, with only a quick search online, you will get all the information you need to know about a specific download store before prior to 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.
Having solid antivirus software that’s updated is one of your best safeguards against system threats. Use your antivirus software for pre-installation file scans. This can be usually done by right-clicking on the file and then choosing 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 found in Properties (right-click on the file). 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, do not download any file if you cannot ascertain its safety.