How to protect yourself against internet downloads

10/01/2021
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3 tips to keep you safe when downloading files online

Downloaded files is one way criminals can find their way into your computer and personal information.

We all download files from the broadband highway sometimes.

Whether it’s movies, songs, e-books, apps, or software, it’s just so convenient that they’re only a click away. What’s more mindblowing is the fact that a lot of them are mostly free. If this isn’t one of the greatest perks of the internet, then I don’t know what is.

Free downloads from generous websites never hurt anybody, right?

Wrong! So, so wrong.

One great way to fill up your device chock-full with virus- and malware-laden files is by downloading files from unverified, untrustworthy websites. No matter how benevolent and well-meaning an internet source may seem, always, always exercise great caution before hitting “Download.”

Malicious files, even unwittingly downloaded, can wipe much-needed information from your device, leaving you at a loss for delicate details that you may need for your everyday life. Don’t let these kinds of attacks — and they are attacks — catch you unaware.

The good news: Adobe, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and Speechless Inc. have created yet another video to educate you about the ever-lurking dangers of downloading files indiscriminately from the internet.

Watch the video below.


The moral of the story:

  • Be cautious when it comes to internet downloads.
  • Don’t download files from sites that don’t look authentic or trustworthy.
  • Try to only download from official sites; if there’s a fee attached, it’s worth it.

Besides keeping a critical eye out for the authenticity of websites you choose to download from, there’s another step you can take to bring your cybersecurity kit up to gear: Subscribe to any of our legal packages for an iron-clad defense against cybersecurity threats.


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