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3 Download habits to ditch

12th May 2022
We’ve all been there, lured in by the promises of free stuff, faster computers or subscription free movies before anyone else has seen them, and all you have to do is tap DOWNLOAD. Before you do, it’s important to remember the old saying, ‘if it looks too good to be true, it probably is’, and never was this saying more true than on the internet. In this short article we’ll go over 3 download habits most of us are guilty of, that we really need to DITCH.

1. Downloading from dodgy sites

Who hasn’t done the ‘watch it free online’ search, then tried downloading the latest the blockbuster only to be faced with a barrage of popups from some very questionable sources?

Sadly, even if you strike it lucky, you’ve put your computer at risk from all sorts viruses and malware that could cause permanent damage.

If you really can’t live without your free film sites, it’s best to try some of the reputable ones such as Popcornflix or Vimeo. You’ll have to deal with a load of ads, but at least you won’t have compromised your bank details etc.

Follow this link for a comprehensive list of 12 safe free film sites.

2. Downloading freeware

Freeware is the free software available across the internet. It can come in various forms such as PC cleaners, photo editing software or alternatives to mainstream, subscription-based software.

Some of it is legitimate or it’s ‘freemium’ which basically means its free until you use it, but a lot of it, especially if it arrives in a popup could be dangerous and contain malware or other nasties.

If you’ve downloaded this software, once you run it you’re effectively giving control to hackers and providing them with access to all your sensitive data and files. The best advice is not to download this software, but if you must, make sure you’ve backed-up before you do.

3. Downloading too much

This is something else most of us are guilty of – downloading stuff then forgetting about it. You know the sort of thing – free trials, installers, photos, all sorts of software and data that we’re never going to look at again. Problem is, these things start clogging up our hard drives and slowing down our computers.

Of course, the best advice is get rid of things after using or store them somewhere else, but if you’ve got a big old collection going on, it might be time to have a cleanup. Check out this post for some handy ways to free up disk space on Windows 10.

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