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Software. Every computer wants it, every computer needs it. You wouldn’t be operating a viable PC if you didn’t have lines and lines of code worked into various programs to keep your system up and running, and the computer industry itself just wouldn’t be worth the time and money if every piece of tech out there ran on the same system.

safe softwareIt’s an interesting world to be involved in, and even the most technophobic of people are going to have oodles of software on their hands – in their phones, their TVs, and on the computer they swear they have no idea how to use. Which is why it’s so important to know what a safe software looks like.

You need to know the common warning signs of a hack or a scam, and what the most dangerous imposter websites are both called, and what they look like. So here’s just a couple tips to keep in mind when you’re next trying to download a program off of the internet.

Download from the developer

Sure, we’re all trying to save money in what is a billion dollar industry. But when it comes down to it, buying from a software’s official website, and downloading directly from the source, is the best way to keep your computer (and all your details) safe. You’re going to want to use official sites, that are marked by an SSL layer, to make any software purchases via the online world.

There’s always going to be extraneous software you can download to keep track of all your other apps, and to make sure your system is staying safe whilst you’re working quietly in the background. So be sure to search through websites that help you to keep up with what’s going on in the tech world, like that of is it safe to download Adobe Flash player for Mac – Setapp. After all, some of the best known software we all have on our computers is slowly turning obsolete, and the hackers are counting on you not being aware of that.

Never trust an ad

If an ad is asking you to click through to buy, you’re probably going to want to give the offer a miss. After all, imposters are getting better at targeting the general online user base, which means less popups and more and more websites banners on legitimate web pages. Even sites like Forbes don’t come through unscathed here.

So first of all, try to use an ad blocking software, and keep its offline periods to a minimum. But if you’re genuinely curious in what an ad has to offer, make sure you open up a new webpage and go in search of the website that’s meant to be the original poster. If they have the same deal plastered on their frontpage, then you’ve just found a great deal in a much more legit way.

Safe software can seem very hard to come by in the modern day and age. Know how to stay safe.