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Risks of 3rd-party downloading

What are the risks involved if your browser software is not obtained from a trusted source like Microsoft?
It depends on your source but I know I'd never install software from an "untrusted" source. But you have to be careful with that blanket labeling. Just what is untrusted? Is it open source? Freeware? Most of the latter can be "trusted", but again, it all depends. As with any decision, you've got to make the decision with the information you have at hand.

This was first published in November 2006

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