Pirating Software - Illegal and Dangerous
That song, movie, game, or program is free for a reason.
Just think about it. It’s a new item that the rest of the world is paying money to obtain. So why is someone else offering it for free? Most likely it isn’t out of the goodness of their heart. Instead it’s for a golden opportunity to invade your privacy. Downloading along with that pirated freebie you desperately wanted is a nasty little bug that you definitely didn’t want.
When’s a better time to sneak something past you than when your defenses are down?
Most people don’t bother to scan something they’ve pirated before they open it. The very nature of pirating typically includes an unwillingness to wait. That impatience can lead to chaotic downloading without taking the time to carefully examine the contents of a download for security risks. Hackers know this and take full advantage of it by loading up those free downloads with trojans, worms, and viruses. They count on the fact that you aren’t going to both with safety.
Remember the nature of a virus is to spread.
Whether it’s a virus, a trojan, or a worm, it needs to spread to be the most destructive. So when you download something with a bug attached, that bug is going to follow you around. When you send a few emails, upload some pictures, or forward that pirated item to a friend, you also run the risk of sending them an unwanted hanger-on. Now you’ve helped to spread malware.
This article is referring specifically to pirated material. That’s music, video, software, or anything that is sold commercially that you did not pay for but downloaded anyway. You may have obtained it from a site claiming that you can get something for nothing – get the latest movie, a hot new song, or popular software for little or no money. These sites are not reputable and only want access your computer – and your information. Not all freeware or shareware sites are bad news, however. Some of them are actually very good resources. To ensure that you are downloading safely and legally, do a little research and use a lot of common sense.
Before you download that song or decide you can’t wait to see that new movie like everyone else, you need to ask: What’s the point of pirating software if you can’t even use it because your computer is ruined?
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