Tip #3 Beware of Confusing Download Pages.
File download pages that are peppered with ads can be some of the most confusing and frustrating pages to navigate on the Internet. And if you’re often impatient like me then you usually click on the first “download” button that you possibly can, which means that you probably just clicked on a deceiving or misleading ad that redirected you to another unknown website and/or installed malicious software on your computer.
So how do you protect yourself against this threat? Vigilance! In the screenshot below, can you tell which download link is legit? If you guessed the top left button, then you picked right. The majority of the time you can determine if a download button is legit if it has other ad related links around it. For this page, you can see the Google ad links around the bottom two download buttons. Over time you’ll be able to tell right away, but it can take some practice and malware heartache.
Stay tuned next week for tip #4!