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Safety Tips for Download Store Purchases

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. But if you’re not careful when choosing the download store to use, your device could end up infected by malware. 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. 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 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, 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 a lot of sites online that review software, so do visit them for added peace of mind. Just make sure you’re reading from independent sites, instead of sites that developers themselves are operating for marketing purposes.

3. Put your antivirus software to use 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. Use this software to scan files prior to installation. You can usually do this by right-clicking on the particular file and clicking the scan option. The antivirus software will check the downloaded software and tell you whether or not it’s safe to install.

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

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). 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.