Checking Your Software Sources

 
Imagine sitting down to your computer first thing in the morning, opening up the software you downloaded last night, and then realizing that nothing is working properly. It can be a completely frustrating and overwhelming feeling to know that your computer has been hacked, corrupted, or even attacked with malware. Knowing where your software comes from and who it is coming from is the first line of defense when it comes to keeping your computer safe.

But, how do you do that? There are a few precautions that you can take when you are installing or downloading new software to any device. Knowing where you software is coming from can save you time, money, and whole lot of headache. Software sources need to be credible before you start downloading or uploading a program. Here are a few ways you can check your software sources and ensure you are downloading safe and authorized software:

Pirate Content Sites

It’s no secret that there is a lot of pirated document, videos, music, and programs floating around online. There are sites devoted to this content and it can be tempting to download programs from these sites rather than pay money. However, when you do this, you are not only doing something illegal, you are also likely putting your computer or other device at risk. Pirated content could come from any source and while you may trust the program, you probably shouldn’t trust the person who uploaded that pirated content. Once you run a program, the program will do exactly what it was designed to do, which may mean corrupting your computer.

Going to the Source

Aside from pirate content websites, you may also be tempted to use 3rd party websites that sell the software for a cheaper price. Some of these sites can be trusted; however, the best place to purchase any software that you are going to run on any device is the source. Instead of purchasing a cheaper version of a program like Acrobat or Photoshop, you should go directly to Adobe to purchase the software. While it may cost you more money to purchase the software from the source, it can save you money in the future and keep your device free from hackers, malware, and viruses.

Read Terms of Services

If you purchased software from a legitimate site or service, then there should be a terms of services agreement. While it’s tempting and easy to simply click the “I Agree” box, you need to actually read these terms. If there aren’t any terms of services, then you may want to consider purchasing the software from another source or another type of software. When a company or source offers there terms, they are basically stating that they will follow through, if you do. They act as a safeguard for the source, but also for you, so make sure you click that box, but also read the information.

Remember, if you run a software program from a bad source, then you could potentially be allowing, hackers, malware, and viruses to take over. A “free” software program is rarely ever truly “free.” Will it be worth the cost?

Do you have any tips on keeping your computer safe from bad software? Let us know in the comments section below!

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