Beaverton, Oregon – Oct-23-2012 – As with everything in life, if it’s free, then there’s a catch. Moreover, it’s safe to say that we all have had our fair share of free stuff that come with a catch. Naturally, it’s no surprise that free software is no exception. According to CNET experts, downloading free software can negatively affect your PC’s stability and overall performance, regardless of the fact whether it’s a popular app or not.
Every time you download a free app, you risk damaging the integrity of your operating system – The code on the newly downloaded software may have the potential to do some serious damage. Such software on un-trusted websites is readily available for free download, all you have to do is click on the download link and you have a potential malware that comes along for the ride.
Experts recommend that it’s best to utilize default software which is integrated into windows. If you really need to download third-party software, then its best to download it from trusted sites such as download.com or file hippo. It’s easy to appreciate free anti-virus software, just because it’s free and comes with no catches. However, free anti-virus software provides basic protection and sometimes fails to provide effective protection against advanced malware. For more effective malware protection, you need to pay for it to get all-around protection from advanced attacks.
Data security analyst Jonathan Ladd of New Softwares.net agrees, emphasizing the need to invest in trusted data protection software, anti-malware software, and software which can secure USB data storage devices. Ladd emphasizes that, information security in today’s day and age cannot be ignored. Data theft is big business that has little barriers standing in its way; e-criminals have virtually no trouble targeting un-protected data, anyone naïve enough to ignore their data fortification priorities is a hot target.
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