I am a poor, cheap son of a bitch. I’d like more software for my eMac (with OS X 10.3.9) but I don’t want to pay for it. There’s a lot of free software out there, but I worry about how safe it is to go downloading software from various sites of unknown reputation.
Right now I’m planning on getting Software For Starving Students which comes though Apple so it should be rather safe. It includes Open Office and some other things. Also I’d like to get Taboo and TransparentDock which have been suggested here, but I’m not so sure about. There are a lot of little add-ons, games and applications I run across on http://www.versiontracker.com/macosx and other sites that I might like to download, but I usually don’t do it. I’ve only downloaded software from reputable, known companies for the most part.
I use Mac OSX which is generally safe from viruses, but how likely I am to download other types of malware, adware or spyware, and how do I keep from doing so? Also, if I download a bunch of little add-ons to OSX or applications should I expect to have trouble restoring things to their original states later on?