Internet provides a great variety of apps and services for any kind and taste. However, how can you be absolutely sure, that you an app won’t install malware, adware and viruses and you won’t be cheated after you make a purchase? Here are some useful tips that will help you to stay safe and protected while looking for a new software.
Check the app via VirusTotal
You just need to copy a link of a software website page or a link to installation file you need to check into VirusTotal and you will get detailed information concerning probable viruses and other issues if there are any. The site will show you a list with Antiviruses and their scan results, some company details and even user feedback. Thus it will be easier for you to decide if you can trust a company or not. For example, you can check our 4K Video Downloader that is 100% safe and free of malware with VirusTotal service.
Make sure the site of the app you need to download uses HTTPS
HTTPS, or Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure, stands for a secure version of HTTP. It means that all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. HTTPS is often used to protect highly confidential online transactions like online banking and shopping. This is exactly what you need to stay secure!
Don’t agree to install toolbars while installing the chosen app
Additional toolbars, that are suggested to be installed along with the app, can make significant changes in your computer, resulting in unnecessary extensions, settings and malware. They may not even be visible at first site, but some time later you are sure to find out what unwanted amendments have been made.
Never leave your card number and CSV code in any apps
It’s not a secret that all personal info, especially connected with cards, needs to be highly protected. You need to be absolutely sure no one can make advantage of the card credentials accidentally left in an app, thus always delete card info from all apps and sites to decrease a possibility to be cheated.
Check what Pro features a software really has
...and need to be purchased. It’s better to check this information on the unbiased sites, such as Wikipedia. The fact is, the majority of software selling sites don’t mention the real pricing and features accordingly. They provide such info after you install an app for free to find out it’s actually not. That can be irritating, so better be prepared!
Uninstall the software safely
Make sure you uninstall the unwanted apps correctly not to damage your computer.
We really hope these tips will make you more tech-savy to avoid problems of this kind and will help you to stay safe while downloading, purchasing and installing new programs!