Use Genuine, Stay Safe

When it comes to Software Piracy, most people would refer it as Crime or address it as ethically and legally wrong. Recently, some people bring issue of risk and their security problem when user uses pirate software. Here, I am going to explain a bit further and discuss about the risk of pirate software. First, let’s take a look at three different operating systems all around the world. Windows is an operating system designed by Microsoft and it is licensed base and you could buy it as pre-install, which mean buy a laptop or PC and Windows already install on it or buy its package or DVD and install it in your PC. Second one is Macintosh, it designed by Apple it is also license base and mostly pre-installed in Apple PCs , however its standalone pack is available and you could buy DVD and install it. And lastly, it is Linux, it is open source , which mean you could get version for free and use it without pay for it( note, some version is paid-base ,but they are use as server or workstation rather than general use). Among these products, Windows has the highest rank of Software piracy, which means they are many people around the world that they are using non-genuine version of windows. In Linux, we don’t have software piracy cases, simply because it is free, no one will crack software that is free and there is no discussion about pirate and non-genuine Linux, because it is free for everyone. About Macintosh, when we ask user about Macintosh, they would discuss about its hardware rather than Operating System. For example, if we ask people why you are using Macintosh, they would say that because it is light and design of hardware is nice or it is not heavy to carry and these things, rather than discuss about which feature are cool inside the Macintosh, there are people that like Macintosh as operating system, but most people use Macintosh because they like Apple hardware design. Now, let’s talk about Windows, when you buy a PC without Operating System, most of people would look for Windows. Just go to your nearest PC shopping center and have a look at Operating Systems there, you will see a lot of Windows Package there , rather than Package for Macintosh (package refer to DVD that operating system is there and software of Operating System). Therefore, these are some scenarios that you might face when you buy laptop:

1)      You buy Apple PC, Macintosh is there.

2)       You buy PC, you could install Linux for free

3)      You buy PC and you should buy Windows (sometimes Windows is installed sometimes NOT).

 

Therefore, when you buy Apple, because Operating System is there then that would be fine. When you buy a PC without Operating System (Sometimes they put as free MS-Dos, no one use MS-Dos these days). You need Operating System, Linux is free but it is NOT as friendly and nice as Windows, computer beginners would have nightmare with Linux, but for professionals it is ok. However, if you are planning to get free Linux as operating system, ready for say good bye to easy things and you probably have to write several commands to do a task that you would do it by a few clicks in Windows. Therefore, Windows becomes popular, but when you want to buy Windows you might ask why should I pay again, after I paid for my PC (Hardware)? It is only a DVD. That is when story begin and people looking for FREE windows using illegal ways (they are legal ways to get free Windows) and then it start story for hackers to get more victims.

When it comes to software piracy, people might find Windows with cheaper price or even free and they would buy it. When it comes to Software Piracy, people would tell these:

1)      It is only a CD/DVD or a program, why should I pay so much?

2)      There is no different between genuine and Non-Genuine one.

3)      By using crack, I would save a lot of money.(Crack here, refers to a way that you bypass Genuine validation and make use of pirate software)

Let me answer these questions first, software even though ,they are programs only but they worth much , it might be like a CD or DVD but they would do a jobs better than hardware. As example, in some version of Windows you have Windows Fax, you could just connect your PC to dial-up and then write your FAX and send it and if someone sent you a FAX, then you will see it using that, this small piece of Windows , would save cost of buying a Fax Machine. Or consider Microsoft Office Excel, you just type data and generate graph for you, Instead of using hand and draw a graph. These are small piece of software or CD but they job are sometime more than expensive hardware devices and it will worth to buy them. About different between Genuine and Non-Genuine software, there are totally different , there is NO SUCH thing that non-genuine software will work and do a job as good as genuine one. If you look at any perspective from Security, Performance, Support and many things, no matter how hard you try you couldn’t make non-genuine software as genuine one. You won’t save money by using Crack or Non-Genuine software, at the first time, you might see that you pay less or nothing but after you use it for a few times, you will see what I mean. Just calculate time and money that you would spend to repair your PC or bring it to repair shop or reinstall windows to solve a problem that would be solve in few minute by contacting support. The question that you should as when you buy or download pirate software should be:

1)      Why this software is freely or with a very cheap price available?

2)      Who made them?

3)      Does it worth to do that or I should pay price later on?

 

Most of the pirate software that will sell would be available somewhere for free. Microsoft and other Software companies would give good benefits to people that they would sell their products. Which means , if you sell Genuine software you will get more profit that pirate one, however, people sell pirate one might be not aware of that.

But why this software is freely available? This question should be answer by people who are making pirate software. In making pirate software you should buy a Genuine software and then learn about it Genuine or Copy-right protection files and then make changes and delete or replace some files in order to crack it and it is NOT easy task and what you will get as software that do crack is something that create not easy. Then we could say that why people would give something that work hard on it for free? Answer is easy, they want to get more benefit out of it, and they will give you free software and get free hardware from you.  These people are usually hackers, don’t shock if I tell you that someone using your PC to stole large amount of money from a bank by using pirate version of software that you have. Hackers and other Cybercriminals looking for a way to make something that we call it as Zombie or Botnet; they will use it in order to build a powerful network without pay for hardware and also remove trace of their crimes. The easiest way to build botnet is to pass around pirate software. Some pirate software will come with Malware that your Anti-Virus would detect it. But smarter hacker would distribute pirate software and then they will wait until the time come and use your PC. Here is one main different, when you buy Genuine Windows, it goes through a huge validation and testing process to make sure there is no Backdoor and Spyware there and nothing would violence privacy and after these confirm then Microsoft allows to sell those products. But in pirate version of Windows they don’t care about privacy and hackers make pirate software to get advantage of your PC to do their jobs. Very simple example, is update Microsoft will release update to address vulnerability and possible problem of Windows, most of update are private one, which mean Microsoft and trusted people know and discover them and NO one use it to hack or damage other people, but after they release those update bad guys also will reverse engineer them that mean see what is the update and then find out the bug and use it to harm you. If your PC update then you would be safe. However, if you don NOT update your PC you will be at risk. Pirate version of Windows will NEVER get update. I am sure that you will see that your non-genuine software might bypass Windows Genuine Advantage or get update and everything seems to be fine. But is NOT, by modifying DNS and put some rootkit to hide them and modify Malware Scan Engine to not detect them they could do that and you seems that you are getting update but they will NOT work. After you don’t get real update (not fake one), then your PC would be at risk and hacker that sold or give you pirate software will come to you.  They will use your PC without you know about it to do their job for example they would hack someone else using your PC or they will find information about you and your friend and then sell it and use it. In one world, if you are using pirate software of any products not only Microsoft one, then DON’T EVER think about security , no matter how hard you try or put router or firewall or Anti-Virus , they done crack and they would use it to get you. Some people said we use pirate software and we never connect to internet. That’s a way but note that software is going through software development lifecycle, and due to time it might find problem and company vendor would need to patch update to resolve some compatibility and performance issue and make it better. If you don’t get update, you will always get less experience.

Hacker and how they will use pirate software to make their crime easier and the worse thing is that many people help them just by buying pirate software. Some people believe that Linux or Macintosh is safer than Windows, I would say NO, because user of Macintosh and Linux are using genuine products, while many people using pirate version of Windows. If you look at hacking or virus attacks , you will see old trick has been used for many years, which means user won’t get update and same old trick of hacking will use for several times , rather than new one.

Now, after so much scary discuss about hackers, you might ask how I can get genuine one. You could do that for free or a cheap price. If you are a company, contact Microsoft in your country, they will help you. For Students, you might be able to get free software, if your faculty is subscribe to Microsoft, have a look at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/academic/dd861349.aspx

Microsoft also gives promotions and other cases for you to get free software ask Microsoft in your country about it. What I said was just an example.

I also want to ask you in order to protect more people against hackers and cybercriminal , report any software piracy cases that you seen , for Microsoft report them to:

http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/reporting/default.aspx

And for other products, please check their website.

I believe that if we work together against piracy we could reduce Cybercrime and also protect millions of people. Some people said Windows Genuine Advantage is a buggy tools, I would said it is a Great Security tools , that would tell you someone is watching you , this is NOT Microsoft product. Also, you plan to get Genuine Software and replace it with pirate one, please completely format your PC after backup. Because if you do repair install, then component of pirate software might remain but f you format and install new Windows, they would gone.

 

 

 

 

 

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