Download links can easily get abused by bots and scripts and other visitors that you don't want.
Luckily there are ways to reduce this issue significantly.
Google has a free script called reCAPTCHA that you can easily add to your site. This script will prevent abuse from bots/scripts while still allowing your legitimate visitors to get what they need. They even have a version that is invisible so that your visitors don't even have to type or click anything.
Here is a link to learn more about reCAPTCHA from Google:
Once you have signed up above, you can manually install Google ReCAPTCHA to your download links. Alternatively, if you have a WordPress site, it is very easy to simply install a plugin that will apply reCAPTCHA for you. Here are two of several solutions out there:
If you would like to use ReCAPTCHA to protect your contact forms and other forms, see this article:
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