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Should I use pirated software? – IT Support Episode 140
So I’ve been in this industry for over two decades. And copied or pirated software is nothing new. I want to cover three reasons why you should not use it. Number one, it is unlikely to be the latest version of the software. Software vendors like Microsoft, Adobe and the like constantly release new versions of their software to make sure they’re secure and work reliably. So if you’re using a pirated version, it is highly unlikely you are going to get access to the latest versions and updates for that software. Number two, cyber criminals can quite often use pirated software as a way to lure you into revealing information you wouldn’t consciously do. It could be something as simple as recording keystrokes, so it could be passwords, banking information, anything you might store on your computer. If they’ve hacked this software and are then circulating copies of it for you to use for free, there’s going to be a catch. Which leads me to number three. As tempting as it can be to save a few pennies, it is illegal. If you do it, you will face the consequence. And when it comes to businesses, especially, there are organizations that are there to police software theft and the fines and penalties can be huge. Make sure you benefit from all the latest versions, security patches closed and software running smoothly by not giving in to using pirated software.
Until next time (arrrrh)