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Dangers of Installing Free Software

By May 2, 2017March 1st, 2023Cybersecurity


Olmec Systems, Inc

Have you ever downloaded some free software thinking that you’d be saving your company some money, just to find out it was more of a headache than a cost savings? You might be surprised to learn that free software is one of the most dangerous things you will run into while operating your business. We’ll discuss the top three questions you should ask before installing free software, coming up next.

When it comes to the dangers of installing free software, knowing what is and isn’t safe is tough to determine. Ask yourself these questions:

1. What is the maker of this product getting out of it by giving it away?

Often times when you click “I agree”, you are agreeing to a lot more than just free software. You could be agreeing to an invasion of privacy, advertising spyware, malware, or even your personal information being taken or used.

Make sure to carefully go over the terms of service and know what you are getting into.

2. Is this software from a trusted source?

Rely on others such as your peers or online reviews to help you determine if the software is from a legitimate source. Check out multiple review sites and find out what others have to say about this software.

3. Is it worth the trouble it may cause?

It is important to consider if installing this software is worth the risk of potentially damaging your system? Does the software provide technical support in the event something goes wrong? Have a trusted IT support partner to help you answer these questions?

If you have a software need, don’t just look for a freebie. Look for reviews online, verify it is written by a legitimate developer and start a trial. If the software meets your needs, then purchase it and feel safe.

Of course, our team can always help you find the right software for your business.

Call us today for your free consultation.

Olmec Systems, Inc
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Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.