Should You Download Programs From Third Parties That Are Brand New?

It can be real hard to trust anyone on the internet. It is so easy for people to be able to disguise what their true intentions are that you have to make a big leap of faith to be able to put trust in anything online. And that includes software as well. When you are downloading software to your system it can be hard to make sure that you are downloading something that is not going to harm your computer somewhere down the road. Your system needs to be able to install programs on it but it also needs to be able to install programs that it trusts.

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There are ways that you can install programs that are verified by other people to make sure that they are not going to harm your system. Microsoft has a system where they can verify programs that are safe to be installed on your computer. But the service costs money to the software publishers and a lot of small time third party software creators do not want to pay that extra fee. There is not a pot of gold available when it comes to making money by writing niche software. When you are making software that only a few niche people use, spending extra money can make it all not worth it. But what if you do want to download small time software like this but still remain safe? While they may not want to pay the extra money to be verified there are other ways out there that you can see whether it is safe to download programs that are from fairly new small time publishers.

The chances are is that you are not going to be the first person to download that piece of software. And a lot of people who download software early to test it out are what we call early adopters. And most of these early adopters like to write about their experiences when it comes to new software and new hardware. And that is a way you can test out whether you should try a piece of new software or not. You can online and do a search for it and see what you get when it comes to the reviews of the software. You can use the experiences from other people to test out whether you are going to get burned or not when it comes to new software on your machine. And do not think that you are using these people for your gain. The reason why they have these reviews exist is because these people like to be the first ones who have tried a piece of software. They like to be the ones who reports whether the software is bad or not. So let them do the job that they like to do and let them be the first ones to report if anything is wrong or not.

Also if you are a person who is very technically inclined when it comes to computers there is another way that you can test the safety and the reliability of newer software titles. You can use a virtual machine and try it on there. That way you can still see how the software runs without testing it on your computer.

Overall it is hard to be one to try out software first without knowing whether it is going to harm your computer or not. So wait a little bit and see what other people say about testing it out. And then if you are satisfied with the reviews you can go try it out yourself.

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About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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