Summary – A note from the developer of FotoSketcher commenting on yesterday’s malware alert.
As a result of yesterday’s post on this topic
I received the following from FotoSketcher’s developer
Hi Ed, Thank you for the heads up. I read your post and indeed the ads which are shown on my website do sometimes look like download buttons (I don't always see them, since the ads I get in France can be different). I think this is a bit devious, but Google AdSense is the only revenue I get from FotoSketcher (apart from a few donations from generous users), so I have to keep the ads in place. Your advice to your readers is spot on. On my download page, I do specify that FotoSketcher must be downloaded from the official mirror (FossHub.com) as I know that they are trustworthy and have lots of mirrors in different countries. One word of caution you could relay to your readers: I have seen some ads when doing a Google.com search for "FotoSketcher" which pointed to some nasty download managers. I did have download managers in the past (from two reputable companies), but I found that even they were too intrusive, so I abandoned them. Best regards, David THOIRON Lyons, France
(I continue to recommend FotoSketcher
in case you’re wondering, Ed)
Related to David’s reference to
“nasty download managers”
Be careful searching for downloads
Many/most results will be for “managers”
Not the product’s actual site
While many are perfectly reputable
Why take that chance if you can avoid it?
Not sure? Then DON’T
Here’s an example
(I have no idea re. safety of 2nd site)
Let me repeat my download advice one final time
This applies to any and all sites
NOT just FotoSketcher
BEFORE CLICKING ON A DOWNLOAD BUTTON
REGARDLESS OF THE SITE YOU’RE ON
NOTICE THE SITE’S URL (BEFORE THE .COM)
IF THAT CHANGES AFTER YOU CLICK
BEWARE – YOU’RE NOT IN KANSAS ANY MORE!
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