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How to tell if free software is safe

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How to tell if free software is safe

One of the big challenges for home users and small business users is working out if free software is safe to download, this is especially problematic if  you are using a Windows PC.

Here are some tips

Check that its reputable, normally: Free and Open Source

Google the software

  • What are others saying about it?
  • Look at reviews
  • Who makes it?

Where is it downloading from? Always use the approved project download sites: e.g. Get Mozilla programs from:  https://www.mozilla.org/.

Check the licence:

  • GPL
  • Apache
  • MIT