Don’t Buy Counterfeit Software (Part I)
Counterfeiting is widespread. More than 90 percent of software in parts of Asia and the Soviet Union is counterfeit as is 25 percent of software in the United States. Purchasing counterfeit software is a bad idea regardless of whether you think counterfeiting is immoral.
Offers that claim to sell you $500 software for 30 percent of the cost offer you no protection. You might receive a non-working product (if you receive anything at all), and you won’t have access to updates or technical support from the company.
Moreover, your credit card number might be stolen, and the software you install may actually contain viruses, even if the program appears to work.
Businesses frequently spend more than $1,000 to recover from the damage caused by pirated software, which doesn’t include costs due to lost data or data whose security has been compromised. The damage caused can easily outweigh the savings of buying counterfeit.