Big “Download” buttons: A red flag for online scams

You’ve probably seen them before: large, colorful buttons on websites that say “Download” or something similar. But beware! These buttons are often ads (or worse) in disguise. Legitimate software vendors will not make you download their software this way.

If you need to download software, always go to the official website of the vendor or to a trusted app store. Never click on a “Download” button on a random website.

Here are some tips for staying safe when downloading software:

  • Only download software from trusted sources, such as the official website of the vendor or a trusted app store.
  • Be wary of any website that prompts you to download software without your permission.
  • Read the reviews of a software product before downloading it. This can help you to identify any potential scams or security risks.
  • Use a security solution that can scan for and block malicious software.

By following these tips, you can help to protect your computer from the risks associated with downloading software from untrusted sources.