• 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.