Many free movie streaming websites are supported by (or even created by?) many online betting sites and also, not a few, ■■■■ sites. This is evidenced by the numerous ads popping up in the said websites.
Fmovies.to or fmovies.is is unique among the throng as it offers an orderly sleek web design clean from any pesky ads and pop-ups. The website also offers the option to download its movie files in HD. Not only that, each movie and TV series have been orderly cataloged by identifiers such as genre, country, and release date.
Technically, movies stores no files on its own server and each of its media content is provided by third-parties who are not-affiliated to them. This is the taking advantage of the hole that exists in copyright laws.
Crafty or not, there remain several safety concerns when accessing this type of streaming site.
Here are ways to ensure safety:
Check safe browsing site status
There are several services online that can check the safety or non-safety content found on a specific website. The most reliable of which is one provided by googling: Safe Browsing Site Status accessible through its transparency report features that examine compromised websites. Usually, Google will alert online visitors of the risks certain sites carry if the visitors use Google Chrome as his or her browser. To ensure safety, for fmovies.to/fmovies.is and any other websites that struck your curiosities, go to https://www.google.com/transparencyreport/safebrowsing/diagnostic/.
As of 23 June 2017, the website fmovies.to and fmovies.is are both not dangerous to visit.
Do they ask for your credit card details?
Another way to red flag free online streaming sites is to beware of the information they require you to input prior to accessing their arsenal of content. Asking financial information, such as credit card is a regular procedure for legitimate –not –free streaming sites such as Netflix and Hulu and not for websites like fmovies that is clearly offering sketchily-sourced entertainment contents.
As last checked, the site requests no inputting of Credit Card details and the likes.
It boils down to Malware
Navigating the wild world wide web is a dangerous business, regardless of the types of site you may go to visit. When it comes to free movie streaming sites, the question (and attack of malware) looms your browsing activity. Be careful when the site asks you download Codec or update your flash. You must know that should you mindlessly agree to it, malwares will come. It is thus of utmost importance that your device has been protected with a comprehensive antivirus software that also deals with malware.
Last checked, the site requires no installation or update for either codec or flash.
You could add an extra layer of protection when you intend to browse websites such as fmovies.to through utilizing a hide VPN service which can be downloaded such as browsec (an extension for your Google Chrome) or other VPN switcher that are downloadable both for desktops and smartphones. Important to note that Opera has provided built-in VPN switch for its browser.
In conclusion, any website offering free streaming of commercial movies is already shady at first sight. Visitors must be vigilant when deciding whether to browse one or not.