- What software I use in Android, Windows and Linux;
- Social Media
- Where I go for that software and where do I don't go;
I will start off with where I go for the software. For Android, Windows and Linux I always go to official repositories or the play stores for the O/S (Android & Windows). I avoid third party sites as I don't know where they get the software from and just how legit and safe it is. I know there are good sites, but, I am paranoid on what I install.
|Pick your category or do a search|
|I NEVER use unknown sources.|
|For O/S I use Update|
|Check for updates and then install|
|Windows store, I have a lot of updates|
|For new stuff you can scroll through it, or search|
|Synaptic is how I update Linux|
Nothing fancy, no special tools. I use what is built in to each system. The one thing I do for all is regular updates. Windows 10 I don't have a lot of options for the O/S, that is forced on me. For Android and Linux I pick what to update and when. For all three I manually review the apps I have installed to see if I really want to install them. For too many of them they just say 'Speed and stability improvements' and that really pisses me off as I have been a developer for over 34 years and EVERY release I did had a high level description on what was changed and why. You don't need to get fancy, but, in a few hundred words you can put in enough info to say why we should upgrade.
For Android and Windows I keep my A-V running and up-to-date. If any package tells me to turn it off as it interferes with the install or update I dump the package ASAP. If you can't install with the A-V running that sets off red flags for me. For Android I also review the permissions. Too many packages asks for rights that they don't need. I have had games that ask to see my contact list, phone and a few other things I don't think they have the right too and I end up not installing.
For all software I don't mind if it is ad-supported, I understand you need to make money, but, please don't show the full screen ads or show ads every few minutes forcing me to watch before I can continue. Each app that does that gets nuked from orbit as there are other apps that I can use and don't spam me. As an example, last week I removed an Android app. It was opening a lot (over 12) Firefox tabs and going to a group of sites with a common high level URL. I don't know if it was mal-adware, or, they got greedy and tried to max out advertising revenue, but, it got nuked from orbit and I will install a similar app (local weather FYI). Before that happened they had a nice ad running along the bottom and was well behaved. Upside is AVAST didn't find a virus so I think I dodged a bullet there.
For Windows not all apps are in the windows store. For those I go direct to the software developers and download from there. I don't go to many aggregators as I had a bad experience with one (CNET I am looking at you for that) and it messed up my Windows 7 systems so badly with spyware I had to rebuild TWO laptops from their original install CDs. I am fairly proficient when it comes to operating systems, tools and such, but, it was telling me I didn't have the admin rights to remove it and when I did get tools to remove it there were so many hooks elsewhere that it re-installed itself. If you go to a third party for software, be careful, be VERY careful as even an experienced user got burned badly. This is why I tell everyone not to use third party software sites.