Published: Apr 25, 2016 1:12 PM
Let’s face it, software can be really expensive, and with
constant updates it can run into hundreds of dollars each time a new version of
your favourite piece of software is released.
With this in mind, many people revert to getting a copy of
the software from a friend. This shouldn’t be a problem, right?
There are lots of reasons why you should pay for a
legitimate copy of your favourite software, or search out an alternative,
cheaper or even free piece of software that will do the same job.
Using pirated software is against the law. Software companies pay their
programmers to develop and market the software, and will do all they can to
protect their income base. There are also quite hefty fines in place should you
be caught using illegally obtained software.
RISK OF VIRUS / MALWARE INFECTION.
Most software has built in piracy protection tools such as product keys and
such. While it may be easy to use key
generating software to overcome this, it means that the software may have been
tampered with in some way. In this
tampering, malware or viruses may have been inserted into the code which can do
lots of damage to your pc and may even result in you losing your precious data.
THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES.
There are many freeware alternatives to commercial software. For example, Libreoffice is a freeware
alternative to the Microsoft Office suite that is very similar in looks to the
Microsoft option, and will also read files created in Microsoft Office.
CHANCE OF DATA LOSS IS HIGH
A lot of software piracy takes place with backyard dealers installing software
on peoples systems without giving them a valid licence or the original
disks. If you use these services, you
run the risk of them not caring about your precious data, and losing important
files. Unfortunately if anything goes wrong with the illegally installed
software, you don’t have any way of accessing Microsoft support either.
That said, if you need a particular piece of software that
is a commercial product, be prepared to pay for it. Answering advertisements on Gumtree or EBay
or even Facebook community buy and sell pages where software is offered bundled
with a PC or sold at a very low price, may well land you in trouble.
Always buy from a reputable source and make sure you get the
required documentation and CD’s or DVDs the software comes on.
Why risk fines, viruses or loss of data when you can legally
use a piece of software and not have to pay for it? There is freeware software out there for
almost every application.
Feel free to ask if you are looking for some software to do
a particular job and cannot find a freeware alternative – we may be able to