Can I include a link to a website that automatically downloads a file?
Last Updated: Apr 23, 2024     Views: 0

It depends.

Automatic downloads can be risky because they bypass user confirmation. These downloads could contain malicious software that harms students' devices or privacy.

What types of automatic downloads are allowed?

  • Not allowed: We cannot link to websites that trigger security warnings when users try to download the file. These warnings indicate potential security risks and that the download might be unsafe.
  • Allowed (with conditions): You can include a link if the three conditions listed below are met:
    • The download doesn't trigger security warnings.
    • You include a disclaimer for students that clicking the link will initiate an automatic download.
    • The content passes a copyright review.