Don't be a victim of software piracy. Know the facts.
Counterfeit software is risky - whether you find it on the street, on the Internet, or at a low-price retail outlet that seems legitimate. Here's proof:
In an IDC study of risks of counterfeit to midsized businesses, it was found that 37% of the businesses surveyed unknowingly purchased counterfeit software. Licensing reviews can help discover pirated and counterfeit software. Read the synopsis of the study here.
A study by the Harrison Group found that the risks associated with using counterfeit software are not isolated to programs acquired from the web but are obtained “through a number of channels, including hardware retailers that pre-install it on machines they sell, or from purchases made at unauthorized retailers, street markets or through online auctions or suppliers.” Read the full Harrison Group white paper here.
In studies conducted on counterfeit versions of Microsoft® software, one in three disks could not be installed on a computer. More than 40% of the remaining counterfeit disks installed contained additional programs or binaries with known vulnerabilities. Read the full white paper here.