The development of communication technology feels so great, especially in the computer field. Various kinds of new breakthroughs continue to emerge as if incessant. In the field of computers, of course, it is the most important one because all other technological developments will start here.
But, have we ever thought, actually what components are feeding a computer to be able to carry out various commands and programs. Basically, and simply, the computer consists of three main components, namely brainware, hardware, and software. The computer will not operate without brainware or the user, even if the computer is an automatic computer, there is still an operator behind it.
Then, the computer will also not exist without hardware, which is a device that composes the physical computer and provides certain functions on each computer. And the last is software, where this software is a bridge between hardware and user so its existence is very important.
Basically, software is a program or application that can facilitate human work through computers. Therefore, the software consists of various types if classified according to the function of the program. Simply put, word processing software, for example, can facilitate human work related to writing, as well as image processing software, and so on.
In addition, the software also works through a rather complicated mechanism to be understood by ordinary people. The software works as a delivery command from the user to the hardware. Commands from the user are translated through coding mechanisms and programming languages so that the hardware can be understood and produce the desired results.
Obtaining and Installing Software to Computer
Today, with technological advancements, getting software is very easy. Some developers sell it on their respective sites. In fact, to get the software ‘unofficially’ can be done.
We can download the software even for free. However, of course, because getting the software in such a way is an unofficial method, there will be a haunting risk. For this reason, we need to know several things to minimize the risks that might occur.
Accuracy is the Key
There are many sites that provide free software download services. Keep in mind, not all of these sites actually provide software for free download. This is what we need to be aware of because some of them only impersonate ‘free software providers’ even though they want to harm us by embedding viruses in their files so that they can infect our devices. Therefore, we need to be careful and take precautions. Some of the precautions we can do are as follows.
- Tighten the firewall
We can enable firewalls in each of our computer’s operating systems because this feature is indeed the default feature of the operating system. In short, each OS has its own firewall. A firewall can function to counteract ‘illegal’ activities that can harm the user.
These illegal activities can come from viruses or malware inserted in the software that we downloaded earlier. By activating the firewall, the software automatically containing the virus will be blocked and cannot function. As a result, even viruses cannot infect computers.
- Install additional antivirus
There are many software developers who create antiviruses that are effective enough to eradicate all viruses that already infect computers. Even some of them can be obtained free from official developers.
Therefore, make sure that your computer has an antivirus application installed to prevent unwanted things. If we can’t afford a premium antivirus license, there are still many free versions of antivirus programs shared by software developers.
- Be careful when downloading software
In this case, we rely on ourselves. If we often surf the internet and look for software to download, of course, we can get used to this. At least, we must recognize sites that are really safe to download software for free.
When downloading software, we must be careful to go to the link provided because if we click the link incorrectly, it could be harmful to us. In addition, be careful with ‘traps’ on free software download sites. Usually, we will find lots of download buttons when we find the software we want. However, of course, the original download button is only one.
This ‘trap’ download button usually takes us to a pop-up window containing various advertisements. When we accidentally click the button, the irresponsible party gets a profit. Indeed, the pop-up window does not directly harm us. It’s just that, usually the pop-up window can significantly increase CPU activity which can slow down the performance of the computer, especially computers with low specifications.
Well, so that we don’t get stuck with such stupid things, it’s actually easy. We can check the download button by hovering to the button with the cursor. Links from these buttons will appear in our browser’s status bar. We’ll see if the link is relevant or not with the file we want to download.
In addition, make sure that the free software provider site is truly trusted. There are many sites that provide free software download services, but they work correctly without harming the user. They do not insert harmful programs in their logarithms. For example, the FileHippo Free Software site, they provide a lot of software and we can download it for free. In addition, we also do not need to worry about visiting the site because this site is completely safe.
Lastly, that’s a number of recommendations for downloading software for free. Hopefully, this article will be useful. Good luck!