Apr 16 2021
The current hybrid work environment is helping businesses reimagine and accelerate their digital transformation journeys. At the same time, challenges around cybersecurity in today’s interconnected world are real. Businesses need to think about how they will proactively protect their organizations from the influx of new or “bring your own” (BYO) connected devices. Indian businesses are exposed to 180% more ransomware, 79% more malware, 300% more cryptocurrency mining, and 11% more drive-by download attacks than the global average.
Among the common mistakes, unlicensed software can have serious ramifications for businesses. This might have viruses and inadequate security measures that leave devices exposed to cyber-threats. These risks include, but are not limited to, identity theft, stolen credit card or bank details, data loss, business disruption, and material or reputation damage.
Purchasing genuine software for small businesses can be tricky but you can stay real by following these simple steps below:
7 Ways to Stay Protected
To avoid becoming a victim of counterfeiters, here are 7 things to keep in mind, while purchasing genuine software:
How to Identify Counterfeits
There’s been an increase in the amount of pirated and counterfeit software being manufactured and distributed in recent years. To check if the software you are buying is genuine, keep the three P’s in mind, Packaging – look at the product packaging closely, a genuine product will not have blurry texts, spelling errors, or incorrect logos.
Product Authenticity – before you hit the download button, check the source of the website, avoid auction sites, and peer-to-peer file sharing sites.
Product label – a genuine Microsoft software will always have a Certificate of Authenticity label, embedded hologram and a 25-character unique product key. Be wise and validate all three Ps before buying any Microsoft Software.
When in trouble:
Customers who find they were duped by counterfeit Microsoft Office software can file a Counterfeit Software Report at Microsoft.com and share information about the software, including details about where it was purchased or offered. You might be requested for some optional personal information to help in taking appropriate action against businesses who sell counterfeit software.
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