As many of us have been forced to remain at home for extended periods of time, streaming applications have become a mainstay of our entertainment. These clever software bundles enable us to download a popular film or audio track within seconds and often at very little charge. However, we also need to keep in mind that security is an issue which that be taken very seriously. Countless individuals have fallen victim to theft and viruses such as malware as a result of downloading infected files. This is when a bit of common sense should be used in synergy with some worthwhile technical advice.
Let's take a closer look.Slightly More Than Meets the EyeSome sites which offer file sharing services and streaming applications can appear extremely legitimate at first glance. However, digging a bit deeper could very well ring some profound warning bells. Perhaps the most common is being redirected to a blind link and/or unrelated website once the download file is activated. This is a very dubious sign and the provider could very well be attempting to implant malicious files within your system. Transparency is therefore key before activating any type of service which offers media sharing capabilities.It is also wise to take a look at the overall layout of the website itself.
Is it neat and easy to navigate or is it strewn with third-party advertisements and similar clutter? This is another sign that something may be awry. The best portals such as Netflix are known for their clear user interfaces and information that can be found within seconds. Any provider that appears to be trying to confuse a user should be looked at with a significant amount of suspicion.The Power of a Solid Online ReputationThe most popular streaming applications and websites are known for a positive reputation. As you may have suspected, this is when the power of third-party reviews will prove to represent an invaluable resource. Always remember that these websites are attempting to sell a product (such as a registration or a paid download) to their customers.
It only makes sense that they will present themselves in the most amenable light as possible. However, this could be far from the truth.Perform a bit of online research in order to discover what others have had to say about their prior experiences. Are the majority of reviews positive or negative? Here are some common complaints which should cause you to look elsewhere:
- The site redirects users to blind outbound links.
- An operating system was noticeably slower after watching a film or streaming music.
- The application appears to take up an inordinate amount of memory space (sometimes known as "bloatware").
- It is impossible to reach a customer service specialist in the event of a problem.