To answer your second question first, Microsoft has this list of type foundries ? yes, they are still called that even though they no longer deal with metal. Some ?fonts? cost money, either directly or shareware; others are freeware. Some foundries have both. (I won?t rant about the now-common misuse of the term ?font.?)
For more specific recommendations, you should specify the kind(s) of typefaces desired; traditional, modern, whimsical, seasonal, display, foreign, ancient (yes, you can get ancient Sanskrit, Egyptian hieroglyphics, etc.) or what. After all, there are thousands of typefaces out there.
As for the safety of downloading, it depends on several factors. One is, of course the site. Foundries that charge or provide shareware are likely to be safer than some (not all) that are totally free. One thing I look at in any download site is the number and types of ads that support the site. You can develop a feel for the kind that might deliver malware. Another thing to look at is the name of the outfit; an established name likely being safe.
But the real key to safety is how you protect yourself. The internet can be hazardous even if you don?t download ? it just becomes more hazardous if you do. The protections you need have been discussed many times in these forums. Basically, the minimum is a good antivirus program, about three different anti-spyware programs, an anti-Trojan, and a firewall. It is important that they be kept up-to-date, and routinely used.
Hope this helps.
I hear so much on it not being safe to down load from internet. I was wondering about fonts? Would anyone have recommended sites?