The Risks of Downloading Free Software

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Many people use the internet to search for free software to help them complete tasks such as edit documents, change screen savers, download fonts, and scan for viruses. However, freeware is not a bargain when your employees are dealing with system crashes, bandwidth slowing, data breaches, malware infestations, and so forth. These free software installs can actually cost companies thousands of dollars in decreased employee productivity, lost data, identity theft clean-up, and lawsuits. Plus, efforts to get rid of unwanted settings typically do not succeed without the help of an IT expert.

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The Risks of Downloading Free Software

  1. 1. By SWIFTTECH SOLUTIONS The Risk of Downloading Free Software
  2. 2. MALICIOUS Free software can be freeware
  3. 3. 1 2 3 Howbad freewareinfects computers Harm thatcan be caused Howto avoid malicious freeware
  4. 4. 1 How computers get INFECTED
  5. 5. The free software may look okay to use…
  6. 6. …but watch out forthese redflags. Fake download buttons “Partner” installations
  7. 7. LOOK BEFORECLICKING
  8. 8. 2 The Harmful Effects
  9. 9. Some possible outcomes… Browser hijacking Overwhelming pop-ups Overcrowding toolbars
  10. 10. You can prevent and fix these problems
  11. 11. 3 How you can AVOID BAD FREEWARE
  12. 12. your workspace PROTECT
  13. 13. RESEARCHsoftware first!
  14. 14. Use onlytrusted sites!
  15. 15. Incorporate ad blocking software
  16. 16. as a safeguard against virus,network,and web browser threats Endpoint protection Use
  17. 17. CALL SWIFTTECH TODAY FOR YOUR FREE CONSULTATION
  18. 18. SWIFTTECH SOLUTIONS WWW.SWIFTTECHSOLUTIONS.COM 877-794-3811
  19. 19. Sources: • “Freeto Play” onbigredbarrel.com,2013 • “US Navy…MateHarrison…” onwikimedia.com,2003 • “Red Button”on funnyjunk.com,2013 • “Holding Hands” on flickr.com,2012 • “Shadi Robin” onfanpop.com,2014 • “Businesspeople…offcliff” onamanaimages.com, 2014 • “3 Holiday Shopping Scams” ontechgig.com,2014 • “Overwhelmed”on chronicle.com,2014 • “TrafficJam” on wikimedia.com,2010 • “Old Stop Sign” on wikimedia.com,2014 • “US Navy…William Dean…”onwikimedia.com,2008 • “Investigar” onblogspot.com,2010 • “Friends” onfullplatediva.com,2014 • “Bank Vault” onwikimedia.com,2014

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