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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. 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. 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. Stay away from these sites at all costs, unless you are completely sure of its safety. 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. Cancel the download as quickly as you can or close your browser. If the download has been completed before you could stop it, scan it or delete it right then and there. Never open the file unless you are sure it is safe.

2. Stick to products made by 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. Fortunately, a fast online search can provide all you have to know about a certain download store before you start downloading.

Accepting and initiating a software download is a big no-no if you haven’t read 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. Use your antivirus software 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 this software to scan files prior to installation. This can be usually done by right-clicking on the file and then choosing the scan option. The antivirus software will give the downloaded software a check and tell you if it’s safe or not.

4. Look for signs of file authenticity in the specs.

Comparing a file’s name and size to the information supplied on the download store’s website is a good way of checking that file’s authenticity. File specs can be easily viewed if you right-click on the file and select Properties. If there are any disparities, that could mean 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, you should never download anything whose safety you cannot ascertain.

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