The appeal of free online services has always been tempting, but is it really safe? For instance, when using a free online file converter software. Should you do it?
Well, ultimately you’ll decide for yourself, but before you do, here are some potential dangers ahead of you.
When using a free file converter you are asked to upload your desired file, wait for however long, then download the converted file. But, are you aware that you’ve already exposed yourself to several potential viruses and trojans?
And, if you’ve given your email to the site you are at risk for spam emails and emails with potential viruses and trojans, as well. Plus, whatever financial info i.e. credit cards, taxes, Social Security card number, and possible family information. So please, please think before you use a free software!
Once you’ve given your file to whichever site you choose it’s out there! You will never know whether that file may go elsewhere after that. It could be reproduced, or even submitted to other sites without your knowledge.
This can be especially dangerous if you work with sensitive or secret files that you don’t want others to see just yet. So, think about this as your making the decision to use a free site.
Large files, beware!
Free sites have a size limit for your files. It is usually around 50-100MB, and if you’re dealing with a larger file then you’re out of luck. But, that isn’t the only restriction you may face. Since free sites are in fact free they have certain regulations. Such as a daily file limit, certain file type restrictions, and service-level agreements. This is no good for anyone who may have several files a day to convert, as well as possible file types. No good!
When you’re creating something you think of three things:
Well, with a free file converter you are unfortunately gambling your quality. The expression “you get what you paid for” applies here. Typically free converters encode the image in a simpler, lesser quality way.
Free sites don’t use raster-to-vector conversions, usually. Which means that they don’t have the added benefits that a raster-to-vector program has. Such as the ability to tell when it’s better to use arcs over bezier curves, how to optimize grab point numbers, etc.
While you may not be able to afford a ‘fancy converter software’ right away, it is definitely worth prioritizing. With a premium software you get the added benefits, or features, that they may offer such as:
- Batch conversions
- Optical character recognition
- Cleaning and editing tools
- Support resources
And with these added features you add the benefit of peace of mind knowing that your files are safe, of good quality, and unrestricted.
So, when you are shopping for a file converter and cringing at the price, remember that you’re not only paying for the program itself but the benefits that come with it.