Why you must tread very carefully around freeware.–PC Pitstop.
5 Dangers of Free Software
by Mitz from Tips4pc.com
Of course there are both PROS and CONS of free/open source software. Even expensive commercial software has problems so freeware is bound to have its own disadvantages.
All the consumer can do in any case, is weigh up the pros and cons for themselves and then make an informed choice.
Using Free Software – THE CONS
Using free software is free so of course there are cons.
1. Lack Of Support And Documentation
Unfortunately most free or open source software is provided without support. This means that if you have a problem with the software the developer might or might not feel like helping you with that problem. (I say might because some people do help their users even though there is no financial benefit.)
So if you’re one of those people that need regular technical support then free software is not for you.
There is always the users manual or software documentation to read and help with your problem, but unfortunately with free software, there is no guarantee that either even exist.
2. Developer Loses Interest
Some awesome geeks come up with fantastic software but they often lose interest or simply have no time to update or develop the software further.
As free software is a labour of love, paid jobs often take precedence over freebies. Also developing software is a big job and perfecting is an even bigger job. New developers get overwhelmed when users test their software and give their honest feedback and suggestions.
3. Advertising Banners
When the software is freely available, often developers will use advertising banners placed in the software which can possibly make money.
4. Not All Free Software is Safe
When buying software you expect the software the work well and not interfere with your computer system, however free software has no guarantees.
There are precautions to take before downloading free software which should be strictly followed as computer security issues and errors can cost you money.
5. User Interface Is Ugly
Most developers that provide open source or free software don’t waste time on the user interface. That means that the software might not look too fancy, in fact it will be plain and simple. This is not a terrible CON for free software, but sometimes a pleasant and well set out user interface can make the software easier to use.
This excerpt appears with permission from Tips4PC.com.