It is common to see a digital signature message when you try downloading a file. We explain what it is
Q I tried to download
Money Lite, which was recommended in Issue 318. When it had finished
downloading the following message appeared: ‘The publisher could not be
verified’. Am I putting my computer at risk by continuing?
Robin A. Ellis
A When Internet Explorer downloads a file from the internet, Windows checks whether or not it has a digital signature and asks you to confirm that you are happy to run it before doing anything.
Digital signatures are similar to the website certificates that dictate whether or not a padlock is displayed on secure web pages. Not that many companies sign their files so it is common to see this warning message. As long as your anti-virus and security software is up to date, and the download comes from a trusted manufacturer, you can safely ignore this warning.
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