As you try to keep your computer safe from the numerous risks that the digital world poses, it’s important that you understand which technologies you need to avoid most. If you do some front end research and leg work to make sure what you have deployed is worthwhile you’ll be a lot happier in the long term with your IT.
One of the often assumed least harmful and enticing of these technologies is downloadable apps. There are now more than 2.87 million of them out there just waiting for your attention. And, when you come into contact with one that can theoretically make your life easier, it’s important for you to know that the wrong download can lead to a slower computer that actually makes your life harder.
According to AppEsteem, deceptors can come in the form of websites, applications, services, and other entities that use deceptive tactics to get users to install them or interact with them. Those deceptive tactics generally trick users into giving consent (or not even ask for it) and generally make users feel cheated or unpleasantly surprised by what they paid for. It tries to protect the world from the dangerous effects of malicious apps via its certification process that identifies which apps you can trust and which you should avoid.
Certified protective applications add an extra layer of safely and even works to block Deceptor apps before they can take root in your computer (more on this in a bit). In fact, every month, Certified protective applications can block close to 50,000 Deceptor-related sites per month.
In order to be certified, an app developer must prove that their app is “wanted” versus “unwanted.” In other words:
- No consumer should be tricked into giving consent to download, or in some cases not asked for consent at all before an app is downloaded.
- No consumer should be surprised by what they’ve downloaded. What is advertised must be exactly what is downloadable.
- No consumer should ever feel cheated.
- All consumers should be confident that the site their visiting is authentic
What to Look for When Downloading an App
If you’re deciding whether to download a particular app, it’s important for you to look carefully at the offer.
Don’t pre-download or install before being asked to accept an offer. The app developer must disclose what is being installed.
If for any reason you’re unsure, don’t download the application. And finally, it’s important to take time to read disclosures. They should be readily available for you to review. By using this strategy you’ll be happier and have less issues with your IT.
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