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  • Blog Post: Counterfeit software likely to contain viruses

    Results of a recent study conducted by the International Data Corporation (IDC) found that one in three consumers with counterfeit software installed on their home computer will be infected with malware in 2013. Additionally, consumers worldwide will spend 1.5 billion hours and $22 billion identifying...
  • Blog Post: Real or fake? The risks of software piracy

    If an online deal for software seems too good to be true, it probably is. The software could be pirated, which means that it's been copied and sold illegally. Pirated software often contains viruses , spyware , and scams that can cause a loss of data, a corrupted system, and even identity theft. Only...
  • Blog Post: Safer_Online: Latest Twitter Updates

    The Microsoft Privacy and Online Safety team regularly tweets at twitter.com/safer_online. Here are some of our recent updates. Which Countries Have the Safest Web Access? http://bit.ly/do9fKz Should parents "friend" their kids on Facebook? http://bit.ly/9vb7qX Heard about 'HacKid?' Great...
  • Blog Post: Is pirated software putting you at risk?

    If a deal for software seems too good to be true, then it probably is. The software could be pirated, which means that it's been copied and sold illegally. One of the dangers of using pirated software is that you might not get security updates, which means that your computer and your personal information...
  • Blog Post: CSI Microsoft: Disc “fingerprinting” helps catch counterfeiters

    Pirated or counterfeit software can put your computer at risk for viruses , spyware , and other kinds of unwanted software. This can happen in at least two different ways: Malicious software could be written into the code of the pirated software, or the software could prevent you from getting critical...
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