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Download Store Safety Tips

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. 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. Forget 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. 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. Click the Cancel button as quickly as possible or simply close out your browser. If you failed to stop the download and the file is already in your computer, give it a virus scan or just delete it straight away. Never open the file unless you are sure it is safe.

2. Buy products only from trusted sources.

When using a download store, the first cardinal rule is to select one that is popular 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 buying software, never accept and start the download unless you have read the file’s 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 rock solid antivirus software that’s up-to-date is one of the most effective ways of guarding your computer against digital contaminants. 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 examine the downloaded software and tell you whether or not it’s safe for installation.

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

One way to check a file’s authenticity is by comparing its file name and size to what’s listed 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, that could mean that the file is infected.

The above-mentioned tips are only some that you should practice when you buy digital content from a download store. Needless to say, never ever download any file unless you have ascertained its safety.

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