IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: 10 Holiday Shopping Tips to Avoid Buying Pirated Software
Most people are being especially cost-conscious this holiday season and cut-rate prices always capture attention. However, if you want to gift your friends and family members with software and related products, take an extra minute and look beyond the price if it looks like "too good" a deal. The Software & Information Industry Association, the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, conducts an aggressive anti-piracy campaign each year, based on balancing enforcement with education. Thus, the SIIA is warning shoppers to be on the lookout this holiday season for pirated software. "The holidays are a prime time for software pirates to prey on unsuspecting consumers," said Keith Kupferschmid, SIIA general counsel and senior vice president for intellectual property policy and enforcement. "Many people innocently purchase pirated software during the holidays as they try to stretch their gift-buying budgets. We want to make certain buyers are aware of risks they take when purchasing software from third-party Websites and auction sites and how they can avoid getting ripped off." To this end, the SIIA has supplied eWEEK with a checklist of 10 tips that shoppers should consider when buying software during the holidays-or at any time of year.