Popularity of unlicensed software continues to grow




Popularity of unlicensed software continues to grow

Despite all the efforts of the defenders of intellectual property, the popularity of unlicensed software continues to grow. This was reported by analyst firm IDC, make publicly available the results of a study of the situation with the use of pirated software in the world.

Customer research was the company Microsoft. At her request, IDC found out how often users are installing unlicensed software on personal and corporate computers. It turned out that since 2006 the total number of installations of unlicensed software in the world has tripled and today about 33% of software is used without a license.

Interestingly, the unwillingness to pay for a license resulting in multi-million dollar spending on computer repair and virus. According to statistics, counterfeit computer programs in 45% of cases lead to a slowdown of his work in 34% of cases and does not want to work, 30% of the browser begins to randomly pop-ups, in 17% of cases it ends reformatting the hard drive and only 23% of users are using unlicensed software without problems. Information recovery, and problems caused by viruses and Trojans from pirated software, users spend annually about $ 22 billion, the company and even more – only the direct damage is estimated at 114 billion dollars. Damage are often the culprit company employees who have installed the program on corporate computers.

The positive changes include only that the Web has become cleaner. In 2006, the spread of malicious programs covering 25% of the web sites in 2013-th – only 14%. Modern browsers are much faster to detect the malicious nature of the site, and search engines do not sit “idle”, detecting and blocking power distribution software, viruses and Trojans.
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