Don’t steal… It Isn’t Nice and Creates Vulnerability
While stealing isn’t nice, it also creates vulnerabilities. We’ll tell you what dangers you may come upon if you’re using unlicensed software packages.
Smaller firms will often use unlicensed software packages to save money, especially when they only need a program for a specific task. Aside from the legal and ethical issues involved here, there are selfish reasons not to do this. Software providers are constantly sending users updates to their programs, and those updates aren’t just about features. They include fixes to security holes and protections against specific new viruses that have been discovered. So, the longer you have an old, outdated software program on your PC or laptop, the more vulnerable you become.When obtaining pirated software, you have a one in three chance of accidentally downloading malware with it. There tends to be a belief that when these downloads are made the Antivirus will give a false positive, but this isn’t 100% true. Due to the damage malware causes, your business will become vulnerable to the attacks and more substantial issues that arise. Malware will create complications such as slowing your PC down, sending out your information, bringing in others, damaging your files and so on. This includes irreparable damages from private information that can become immediately exploited by identity thieves. If you fall victim to these issues, you will not have the developer to help bail you out either.
Is it really worth saving $200.00 when your entire business’s IT infrastructure could be put at risk?
We don’t believe it is, nor do we suggest it. Unfortunately, since roughly 39% of all software in the world is unlicensed it’s not uncommon for end users to download these pirated versions. Consult with a managed services provider, like Intersection Technology Solutions, to keep your network safe from security threats due to piracy. Call us today: 407-278-5664.