It’s the slow crawl of a download, the giddy anticipation. You watch as a program (pirated with no remorse) is inserted into your system. It was found on a forum post, promised to be worthy – and the money you have saved makes you grin. There was no hassle of trekking to the store. There was no battling for parking spaces. You simply selected the software and now wait for its completion. The result should be satisfying.
Because, as the download finishes, your monitor goes . . . dark. The screen is without response. The keyboard strokes offer no aid. The system has suddenly trapped itself and you realize the terrible truth: the program was infected with a virus. And it’s now moving within your platform.
Pirated software appeals to all. The notion of avoiding high fees and endless frustration (as well as seeking happy revenge against companies that would offer no support) is one users share. And it is all too easy to search for these applications and download them. The process seems to be without flaw.
There is, however, one massive complication – malware.
Pirated software is not safe. This is a sad fact and must be stressed. Too often do these sources become corrupted, with individuals sneaking viruses inside, trying to tempt others to select them. They take advantage of users and their desperation to save pennies. And all information becomes imperiled, with codes able to steal it all away.
It is essential therefore that individuals do not choose these programs. The convenience can’t be denied but neither can the potential dangers. One simple download can undo an entire computer or crash your beloved prepaid blackberry – with an identity ruined and all files destroyed. The risk is too great; the cost is too high. All must remember this.
Purchase software or – if you are clever – even craft your own through open sources. Refrain, however, from pirating. The results could be tragic.