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How to Keep Safe When Using Download Stores

It can be tempting to download software and other digital content from the Internet, especially with all the new and exciting programs being created from day to day. 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. Forget 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. Steer clear of these sites at any cost, unless you are absolutely sure it is safe. 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 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. Do not open the file, unless you have confirmed 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, 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 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 reading from independent sites, instead of sites that developers themselves are operating for marketing purposes.

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. Check the file specs for signs of authenticity.

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 found in Properties (right-click on the file). Any disparities could indicate that the file is contaminated.

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.