You are often told do not look a gift horse in the mouth. And for the most part that is true. But it is not true in every case. On the internet a lot of stuff that you see is free. And a lot of people out there consider being free as being a gift. And even some of the vendors who give this stuff consider it as a gift to the people who are interested in what they do. But if you want to be safe on the internet you cannot look at free items as a gift. You must be more careful than that. You have to look at everything with a skeptical eye when you are on the internet and that includes the items that are free.
No-one has ever had to pay to get a virus. Or any other type of malware in fact. They usually travel on the backs of the free objects that are out there. Most people think that they only have to worry about malware when they visit web sites which are considered out of the mainstream. But that is not true at all. Malware can be picked up from anywhere and it is usually wrapped in a free package.
For example, when you are on a mainstream website like Facebook and you see an offer to enter a sweepstakes for free you should be wary. This is a favorite trick of the bad guys to lure you to one of their web sites. And when you are on their website you will have a package downloaded to your computer without your knowledge. Or if you are on Facebook and you find that someone is offering your favorite application as a free download. For example, it could be your favorite game that is available to be downloaded. Again, this is how black hat hackers are able to trick people. They will use the same logos and pictures as your favorite product and when you go to download it the trap is then set. You have all by yourself exploited your computer. They just needed to lead you into the honey pot. And you took the bait hook line and sinker.
The bad guys love free because they know that they can get your money down the line. So if you want to stop that from happening then make sure you sure you give a discriminate eye to free items just like everything else.