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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 don’t choose your download store carefully, you could end up with a malware-infected device. The tips below can help you stay safe while purchasing products from a download store:

1. Forget 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. When you do encounter them, reject these downloads immediately. Click Cancel as fast as you can or just 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 safety and reliability of the site should be considered. Fortunately, a fast online search can provide all you have to know about a certain download store before you start 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. Make sure these are independent sites, however, and not marketing sites maintained by the developers themselves.

3. Make use of your antivirus software in checking 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 your antivirus software for pre-installation file scans. You can usually do this by right-clicking on the particular file and clicking the scan option. The antivirus software will give the downloaded software a check and tell you if it’s safe or not.

4. Check 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). If there are any disparities, it could be a sign 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, do not download any file if you cannot ascertain its safety.

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