How do you assess the trustworthiness of a new website? Especially to download and then install software from.
Edit: My underlying concern is to:
- Trust the website.
- Trust the website to not inject installer trash into/over the top of the installer. CNET and Download.com did this for a while with custom installers wrapping legitimate software
I recently discovered a software downloading site lo4d.com when looking for some legitimate software. It is new to me, though it might have been around for a while, I'm not sure. It has subdomains for every software that it hosts (seems fishy), and it seems to host all of them (also seems fishy). I have done some preliminary research, but haven't found a wikipedia page nor have I dug deep into it yet.
How do you assess the trustworthiness of a new website? Waaaaay back in the day, most websites were trustworthy. Nowadays, most websites are auto/AI generated trash at best, with a software sharing site being a really good way to distribute malware.
I'd like to make a repository/FAQ/Guide so that others can understand what it takes to vet a website properly.
What I have done so far:
- Did not immediately click on the site, nor try to download the software
- DDG search for the website URL, which gave me the company blurb (see below)
- Look for a wikipedia page
- Several other DDG searches for "what is...", "who is...", "...trustworthy" etc.
- Read the "reviews" on several sites such as trustpilot, WOT, Norton, etc. (NOTE: ironically, some of these can be scammy/false websites or false reviews. WOT had a big scandal several years back)
In my particular case, I am still not satisfied. What else can I do to research a site?
Edit: yall are off on a backwards tangent again, so I clarified some things.