TechSpot strives to produce enthusiast-driven content that is fair, accurate and honest. For over two decades, TechSpot has remained an influential voice in PC technology and we've historically hired mostly from within our ranks of IT professionals and tech enthusiast audiences. During this time, TechSpot has operated with full editorial independence and transparency about what we do and how we test. Here are some of the fundamental ethics guidelines by which we abide:
Who We Are, How We Test, Our Experience
- TechSpot writers are not journalists but are computer engineers, professionals with formal IT backgrounds, or technology enthusiasts with vast experience on the subject matter they report on.
- If you're familiar with what we do, then you know we require our authors to possess profound understanding of technical matters and the ability to write about them with accuracy and authority. That’s what we strive for and that’s what our track record shows.
- When performing specific testing and benchmarks, we generally provide the test scenario for the purpose of disclosure and replicability by our readers.
- On occasion we have dedicated entire articles to explain how we test and why we do things in a certain way. Here are a handful of examples:
- Mistakes are inevitable and it is our policy to correct errors and communicate corrections to our readers as soon as possible.
- TechSpot generates revenue from advertising, however our editorial team is separate from the sales department, which is managed externally and outsourced to a specialized agent. The only times when some overlap may exist are in executive or administrative positions for the purpose of business planning, but once again, this is entirely separate from editorial content.
- For the purpose of reviewing and testing tech products, we will receive some of these products free of charge directly from the manufacturer or retailers. In some instances, we will gain access to products before they are launched to the public. Our mission is to report back to our readers with full transparency about our opinions and findings. We don’t allow any kind of influence over our editorial decisions or coverage by third parties. This goes back to our track record of over two decades of experience and thousands of published stories.
- Our editorial team does not handle sponsorships or any other form of compensation that could influence reporting. Whenever an editorial piece of content is made possible through the support of sponsors (advertorials), the content will be clearly presented with a message (“Presented by” / “In collaboration with” / “Brought to you by”) at the top of the content and at the bottom of the body text.
About Affiliate Commissions
Every time we link products to retailers -- in reviews, in news stories, or in the Product Finder -- we may receive a commission for sales generated from those links through affiliate programs.
Our editorial team does not deal with retailers or affiliate programs in any manner. When advertising is sold to any retailer, that’s taken care of by a different team. Furthermore, affiliate links are mostly automated through scripts and there is little human intervention in tracking those programs.
When we promote a certain product (a positive review or news announcement) that is produced organically as a service to readers who may want to learn more or buy such products. In the specific scenario where we are promoting a product or service as a sale and where we may directly generate a commission ("deals"), you will find a disclaimer alongside this promotion every time.
Software Downloads: Certified Clean Program
TechSpot's software section provides free downloads for Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, iOS, and Google Android devices. We use our own servers to offer fast downloads with a selection of software aimed at power users -- in other words, we only list and recommend software we would use ourselves.
In 2018 we launched TechSpot's clean software certification as an additional security layer to protect users who download files from TechSpot. All titles showing TechSpot's certified clean badge have been scanned by our team ahead of listing with a security suite that includes but is not limited to Malwarebytes, Avira and VirusTotal.
In addition to scanning files on a daily basis before publication, we perform biannual security audits to our entire file database.
We've been offering software downloads as a service to our readers for well over a decade, with the guarantee that our downloads contain no bundles, and our focus remains exclusively on high quality software. TechSpot does not modify downloads or uses any other means of monetization (aforementioned bundles) besides regular advertising as shown to regular editorial content.