Non-genuine software is a risky investment
While PCs with non-genuine software may seemingly offer immediate cost benefits, users are exposing themselves to mounting costs and multiple security risks over the long term, with malware costing ten times the amount of purchasing a genuine operating system.*
The reach and risk of non-genuine operating systems
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Risks of non-genuine software
Non-genuine software may come with viruses and would lack the security measures needed to detect them.
You may be opening your home or business to serious threats from hackers and malware without knowing it.
Malware can contain ransomware, which may block access to data or user accounts unless a ransom is paid.
Hackers can clone your credit card and access your bank accounts, resulting in financial loss for you or your business.
Hackers can destroy your business data and other valuable information. These security breaches may harm your image and erode customer trust.
A data breach can bring your entire business operation to a halt and harm your website, CRM, and accounting systems.
Your personal and financial data may be compromised, which may result in financial damage. It could even be used for criminal activities.
You could lose important personal files and business data, like customer and accounting information.
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