Are you willing to take a chance with your reputation? Facts to know: • Consumers and enterprises have a 33% chance of encountering malware when they obtain and install a pirated software package or buy a PC with pirated software on it.1 • Much of this malware is created by criminal organizations with illegal financial gain, data theft, espionage, or other mayhem in mind.1
You may think nobody loses when you use pirated software. Nobody but you. The temptation to sell pirated software is real. Some justify the decision by thinking that even if it’s pirated, selling it doesn’t hurt anyone. But weigh the risks, and you’ll see there’s too much at stake. Pirated software leaves your customers open to significant problems. Problems may show up when they realize their software isn’t supported. Or they lose data. Or even worse, their vital information may be exposed to viruses and malware. It can be devastating. And when your customers have a problem, it can have a significant impact on the people who sold it to them. And that could be you. You’ve spent your career building a reputation for your company that can be dramatically hurt with a simple act to make a bigger margin. Is it really worth it? Know the facts so you don’t become a victim. Make sure you’re selling only genuine Microsoft software.
1 IDC Whitepaper #247411: The Link between Pirated Software and Cybersecurity Breaches. How Malware in Pirated Software Is Costing the World Billions
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