Is GIMP Safe?

by Nathan E. Baker

GIMP is free open-source graphics editing software and is not inherently unsafe. It is not a virus or malware. You can download GIMP from a variety of online sources. Like all software downloaded from the internet, you should exercise standard security procedures. A third party, for example, could insert a virus or malware into the installation package and present it as a safe download. While virus detection software will help prevent this kind of attack, there are ways to minimize your risk.

GIMP.org Is the Safest Source

The safest place to download the GIMP installation program is [GIMP.org](http://www.gimp.org/downloads/), where you will find the correct download for your operating system. If you want GIMP for Windows, the easiest way to install GIMP is to click on the link where it says, "If the torrent download doesn't work, you can also follow this link." This will download an installer that will install the proper version for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows systems. There is no way to tell if a download from another website is safe, and even reputable websites could be tricked into hosting a download from an untrustworthy source. When you download from GIMP.org you can be sure that you are getting the latest version of the program. Since open-source software programmers update their applications on an unpredictable basis, getting the latest installation program with the latest enhancements and bug fixes can be an important consideration. Remember to activate your virus protection software prior to downloading or running any application program, regardless of the source.

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About the Author

Based in Florida, Nathan E. Baker is a professional technical writer and web master. He has nearly three decades of experience with software, surveillance electronics, computers and cyber security. He researches technology and enjoys breaking down complex topics into articles suitable for a wide variety of audiences.

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