Before you buy digital products
Some digital products are free, eg smartphone apps. Others you pay a subscription or one-off fee, eg streaming a new-release movie. Others may have ongoing consumable costs which are charged when used, eg in-app or in-game purchases.
Some come with restrictions, for example:
- licensed, eg software for use by one named person or on a limited number of devices
- digital rights management, meaning there are limits on copying and sharing, eg music files.
Almost all digital products involve sharing your personal information with the business supplying the digital files. Even for free products, you generally must have an account with information about your name, email and payment details.
Before you buy, download or stream, check:
- terms and conditions — which may include how credit cards are links to initial and ongoing purchases
- how much personal information you are expected to share — and how the business will keep it safe
- if it's a genuine product — watch out for scams and illegal copies.