Is It Safe to Download Videos Online?

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Whether you want to save a viral Facebook video to send to all your friends or you want to keep that training for online courses from YouTube on hand when you’ll need to use it in the future, there are plenty of reasons you might want to download videos you find online. But, you might also wonder if it’s okay to save the media you find online — from both ethical and personal-security standpoints. Before you download the first browser extension you come across or paste a URL into a potentially shady video extractor, it’s important to learn about how to — and when you can — download videos online safely.