There are many sites on the web that offer to download audio files in MP3 format. But users do not always understand that using the services of such web pages, they not only violate the copyright of the performers, but also endanger their PC.
Websites for downloading music are divided into paid and free. The former offer to download files for money, the latter provide exactly the same services for watching commercials. But both can be dangerous for three reasons.
Under the guise of music files, cybercriminals plant a virus that can not only damage data, but also gain access to stored passwords and even bank accounts. At the same time, spam mailing may start from various accounts on social networks or mail addresses, which the user will not even suspect about.
Subscribing to spam
Many sites for downloading the album offer to go through a simple registration process. As a rule, this requires you to enter your email address, wait for the registration confirmation letter and come up with a password.
But instead of providing the required file, the e-mail requested for registration is entered into the database for sending spam. Subsequently, it will receive advertising mailings for goods and services that are completely unnecessary for the user.
In addition, it is dangerous to open and view such letters, as attachments to them may contain malicious codes. Most often, fraudsters disguise themselves as popular banking services and request confidential information (bank card numbers, pin codes, passwords from services that provide government services). At the same time, the text of the letter is provocative in nature and urges the user to immediately respond to the letter.
Connecting paid services
When browsing sites with free music, a lot of ads appear on the screen. Among the advertisements, you may come across an offer to send an SMS to a specific number to download songs at high speed.
But in most cases, it will not be possible to get access to the desired file in this way, and a decent amount will be debited from the mobile phone account. The requested file itself may not be seen, most often the attackers send a usual 'dummy' instead.
To protect yourself, your personal data and your PC, you need to pay attention to security measures.
Using the latest antivirus
To protect your computer, you need to use only proven antivirus programs, for example, Kaspersky Total Security Avira, Norton Antivirus, Bitdefender. At the same time, it is important to regularly monitor the updates of the operating system and anti-virus databases.
You can also use online services to scan for virus threats. To do this, just copy the link to the file and paste it into the special field 'URL', then click the 'Check' or 'Analysis' button. If the file contains malicious code, the program will recognize it and warn the user.
Ignoring sponsored links
Music download sites are littered with annoying advertising links. In order not to fall for the tricks of attackers, they should be ignored. If spam mailings began to arrive at the postal address after registration, such letters cannot be opened.
It should be borne in mind that malicious files attached to them as applications most often have the extensions .js, .vbs, .msi and .reg, .exe, .scr, .bat, .com, .pif, as well as double ones – exe.gif or .bat.scr. Despite the fact that most of the mail services try to block them, from time to time they can appear in incoming emails. Files with the extensions .pdf, .docx, .xlsx, .jpg and .png can be less dangerous.
Caution when registering
The network has a lot of reliable reviews of ordinary users who fell for the tricks of scammers downloading information from one or another resource. It is also important to pay attention to who created the site. If the owner is a reputable company and has been running for a long time, then it is possible that this web page is reliable.
It is undesirable to leave your email address or phone number for registration, even on trusted resources. As a last resort, you can create a separate e-mail, used exclusively for these purposes. At the same time, even in a new mailbox, you should not respond to spam, because after refusing to send spam letters, the number can double.
If the user often resorts to free downloading of audio files from various resources, then he must observe certain precautions to help avoid serious problems.