It’s come to my attention that there are websites offering pirated artwork and books… The only thing is, when you click on the “Download” button, you get malware instead of the freebie you may have thought you snagged!! ****DO NOT PRESS THE DOWNLOAD BUTTON on THOSE sites!!!!***
***Please only make your purchases of artwork and books through REPUTABLE sites!!!*** Both Amazon and Fine Art America have “https” at the beginning of their web address, the “s” standing for secure. This means they have powerful firewalls to protect their customers sensitive payment information. I chose to list with larger, reputable sites after I had done my research, so that my readers and collectors would be protected!
How did I find out about these pirating/malware sites?
Firstly through an author forum I’m a member of on LinkedIn. There were a few very angry authors voicing their displeasure that it APPEARED that their book had been pirated and was being offered at a very low cost or free.
They were strongly advising all of us to Google our books to see if any of our titles had been pirated. Then today I had been tagged by a friend on a Facebook posting re art pirated from Fine Art America, where I have my artwork for sale.
I’ve investigated both the pirated books and artwork, and lo and behold, the unsuspecting person who clicks the download button on these nefarious sites will download malware onto their device!
There’s a few clues to be able too see if it’s a legit site or not. When I clicked on the links to see their terms or to find out how to contact them, I pulled up a blank page.
Now, I know that I didn’t authorize these sites to “sell” my artwork and books! They do so COMPLETELY without permission or authorization. Their primary purpose isn’t to sell you a low priced or free book or artwork!
Why do they do this?
To install malware which will allow them to access your device and to be able to steal your identity online. Just google this to see what horrors they can do and have done!
I’m writing this article as a public service to help thwart anyone from unknowingly downloading any malware from these sites!
Peace to all my readers! Tamara
PS: Do I see this as Karma for anyone who is trying to get around paying the author or artist their hard earned money? That’s not for me to judge or decide!!
My ultimate goal is to see that everyone is safe and healthy!
So, keep safe everyone!
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