Internet Safety Tip #3, Avoid PUPs

Internet Safety Tip #3

Don’t just click through installing ANY software on your computer or phone. It is important to avoid installing PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). Pay special attention to any “optional” offers that are often selected automatically.

Avoid PUPs

Pros: 
This is one of the easiest ways to avoid installing adware or malware.

Cons:
You need to slow down and read. You might not be able to install the software you want without installing something else. In this case, just say no.

Difficulty: Easy

Details (AKA The Long Version):
It is almost impossible to purchase a computer today that isn’t already loaded down with adware before you turn it on. Many “free” programs, plug-ins, and phone apps include adware to help fund their development, and some include dangerous malware. Nothing is really “free”.

PUPs:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potentially_unwanted_program

Adware:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adware

Malware:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware

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