Counterfeit software: What's the risk?
Jul 27, 2011 4:33pm
By John Browne, VP Sales & Marketing of Wibu-Systems USA
Reputable software publishers want you to use their software and recommend it to other people. This is why they spend money creating a quality product with good technical support.
Software counterfeiters have entirely different motives. They are doing something illegal, and you can’t trust them. Often, they will collect your personal details and sell them on, or try to sell you bogus products. The last thing they care about is customer satisfaction; instead, they make money by ripping you off.
Once the software is installed, the counterfeiter has unrestricted access to your computer. They may add it to a botnet, a collection of remotely-controlled computers that can number in the millions. Botnets are used to attack websites and to send spam, and are often sold to other criminals for profit. Or, the counterfeiter may capture your credit card and banking information, and then bleed you dry.
Do you really want to put your business at risk to save a small amount of money? If you do get stuck, you will have to buy a legitimate copy of the software to get support anyway.
Counterfeit software greatly increases that risk. According to the Harrison Group, businesses that use counterfeit software are 75% more likely to lose data or suffer multi-day software failures, when compared to properly licensed businesses.
Counterfeit software is dangerous, illegal and can damage your business. It’s just not worth the risk.