Pirate software is one of the issues that have not been resolved for years in today’s technology world. While there is great interest in pirated versions of software with high price tags, there is an audience that uses affordable solutions without purchasing them. Although those who use pirated software think that the money is in their pocket, very serious damages occur, especially due to viruses in pirated software.
Research conducted by Revenera Compliance Intelligence found that nearly two out of five people (37 percent) worldwide do not pay for software licenses. on the other hand Turkey is the 14th country with the most pirated software usage in the world.it happened.
Damage caused by pirated software over 46 billion dollars
Although technology companies or platforms that develop software on a corporate scale developed subscription models, the use of pirated software could not be prevented. The problem of not paying licenses to software globally 46.3 billion dollars in costdetected.
China, Russia, USA, India and Germany are the top 5 countries where pirated software is used in the world.
The Founder of Hepsilisans.com stated that the cloud transformation and service model has not been fully adopted by users and businesses in Turkey. Emre Arslan;
“Users download office software, antivirus programs, operating system installation files that they will use for their professional needs from websites that share illegal software. Not only individual users can do this, even small businesses can do this,” he said.
Cyber risks can cause more costs
Emphasizing that using unlicensed software is a crime as well as inviting cyber security risks, Emre Arslan said;
“Illegal websites that distribute pirated software can modify these software files and insert malicious software into them. By running these files on computers, the virus can infect personal computers and other computers connected to the public network.
This can lead to users having their personal information and passwords stolen.
Infected codes added to plugins and themes of content management systems such as WordPress can turn websites into malicious ones. In particular, businesses can incur higher costs in this way, which they prefer to avoid paying monthly license fees.
Moreover, individuals and institutions can even be sentenced to prison under the Law on Intellectual and Artistic Works and the Turkish Commercial Code.