When downloading something off the Internet, it is always a good idea to check its integrity to make sure it has not been tampered with (so that malicious code could be attached).
This is why Penteract File Checksum-Hash Verifier can prove to be useful, since it helps you checks the hash of your packages in an instant.
First and foremost, it needs to be mentioned that this app can only be downloaded and installed from Microsoft Store, so appropriate credentials are required.
Other than this, you also need to make sure your computer is running the latest operating system of Microsoft, lest the app cannot be installed.
The main window of Penteract File Checksum-Hash Verifier is straightforward, and the displayed instructions are quite easy to follow. You can either drag and drop a file onto the dedicated area, or you can manually browse to its location.
Next, the hash is automatically calculated, depending on the type currently selected from the drop-down menu. The supported types are MD5, SHA1, SHA256, SHA384 and SHA512.
The next step to make sure your package has not been modified is to compare the generated hash with another one. If they are identical, the file is the original one and has not been changed, so it can be launched without worries.
If they are not the same, it is best not to access it so you do not get infected, especially if you downloaded it from an insecure source.
In a nutshell, Penteract File Checksum-Hash Verifier can help you generate and check several types of hashes. Unfortunately, the latest types are not supported, as some of the ones provided within the app are considered unsafe and deprecated.