Companies use pirated software to save money, here’s why it’s dangerous / Digital Information World


The global financial crisis and resulting inflation is forcing many businesses to cut costs, but despite this being the case, many of the methods businesses are using could be doing more harm than good with all things having been considered and taken into account. Small and medium-sized businesses in particular are having a tough year, and many of them are turning to pirated software to reduce their expenses.

56% of small and medium businesses said they liked the idea of ​​pirated software because it’s the kind of thing that could possibly help them save some money. However, according to Kaspersky, this could lead to an increase in the number of cyberattacks these companies face. Around 9,685 users of Kaspersky’s formidable antivirus software ended up being infected with malware, and the use of pirated software may have led to this increase.

Despite the dangers associated with using pirated software and programs, only 7% of small businesses with fewer than 50 employees were willing to stop using them. With all of that said and now out of the way, it’s important to note that using open source software might be a better option. Although there are still risks associated with OSS, it can at the very least be a safer option that would allow companies to face fewer threats than they might have otherwise.

Kaspersky also made another recommendation to companies, namely that they should require employees to use standardized accounts that do not have administrator rights in the system. This way, even if their accounts are compromised, malicious actors will not be able to infect the rest of the system. Whatever methods are ultimately used, SMBs cannot afford to take the risks associated with pirated software. They might be able to save some money, but that would come at the expense of ransomware attacks and malware like crypto-miners running in the background.

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