But it's still an issue that, if you do get infected, now requires to clean up. Another, smaller reason, is the whole update thing. This entry was written by Eric Lamb and posted on June 17th, 2009 at am and is filed under IT.A lot of companies (I'm looking at you Adobe) have started finding what versions are cracked and when updates are applied they disable the program. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Pirated software can cost you and your nonprofit a lot of time, money and most importantly, it compromises your data security. The International Data Corporation (IDC), an IT market research firm, conducted a study on the prevalence of viruses, malware (ie., malicious software) and other unwanted software — such as keystroke-capturing software and authentication backdoors — in pirated software and on websites and networks that distribute pirated software.
If you've received a notification, that means the software on your machine isn't a genuine Adobe product.
It isn't covered by a warranty or our support programs.
While I was a kid and all through college I never paid for any computer programs; not one, not ever. That said, a lot of people find it surprising that I hate to use cracked software now.
First warez sites, then Morpheus, then Limelight, then Kazaa (sometimes all 4).
While that’s all absolutely true, you’ve probably heard and rolled your eyes at it before.
So let’s take a look at this from a more down-to-earth perspective, rather than down-to-Gaia or whatever.
use that program and your nonprofit is already tight on budget. The results of the study are staggering: By visiting the networks alone, IDC detected unauthorized installations of tracking cookies and spyware from 75% of the websites, and installation of Trojans and malicious adware from 14% of the sources.
What’s the harm of finding a copy online and using it? Using the pirated software increased these rates further to 78% for tracking cookies/spyware and 36% for Trojans and malicious adware. Here are some examples of the malware IDC found that were concealed in pirated software: Aside from the high virus and malware infection rate, pirated software have other disadvantages that can cost your nonprofit.
Companies like Adobe that make propirateary creative software in order to charge licensing fees see themselves as selling products to a market, and see people who don’t pay as thieves.
But creativity isn’t a market, it’s a commons, and Adobe, et al.
Adobe says: Adobe now runs validation tests and notifies people who are using non-genuine software.