Safety Tips for Download Store Purchases
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.
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. 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. Unless you know for sure it is safe, do not open the file.
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. 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.
Accepting and initiating a software download is a big no-no if you haven’t read 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. Just make sure you’re reading from independent sites, instead of sites that developers themselves are operating for marketing purposes.
3. Use your antivirus software to check 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. This software must be used for file scanning before installation. 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.
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 found in Properties (right-click on the file). If there are any disparities, it could be a sign 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.