Shoppers cautioned against pirated software this holiday season

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MANILA, Philippines—Online shopping is becoming more and more popular among Filipinos, what with the growing number of online shopping sites that offer great, cost-efficient deals, especially during this period of holiday rush. As consumers continue to make transactions online, there is greater need to take the necessary precautions to ensure online safety.

A study by Grey Group Asia Pacific indicated that there is a marked rise in the population of Filipino online shoppers, with 46% of Filipinos purchasing goods via the Internet. However, there are also dangers in making online transactions for one who has inadequate knowledge about the software installed in their computers.

In another study in China, it was discovered that out of 100 computers installed with pirated software, 94% contained malware. Malware, or malicious software, slows down the computer system and installs viruses or spyware that can expose confidential information including passwords, bank accounts and credit card information to others. It exposes the user to dangers such as identity theft, financial fraud and loss of significant data. This means that if a person is using pirated software then there is a high probability that this person is vulnerable to malware attack and probably identity theft.

Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines’ (IPOPHL) Director General Ricardo Blancaflor said, “We encourage consumers to be more vigilant when shopping online by making sure that the software they are using is legal. Doing so will give them the security they need when sharing personal information.”

The IPOPHL is a member of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT), together with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Optical Media Board (OMB), formed in 2005 to establish an integrated and coordinated effort by the government to counteract the negative effects of software piracy on the local IT industry and the economy.

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  • joboni96

    ‘IPOPHL is a member of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT), together with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Optical Media Board (OMB)’

    foreign private software companies
    using pilipino government agencies

    to protect their profits

    kumusta na mga
    1. drug lords
    2. smugglers
    3. illegal loggers
    4. illegal miners

    abolish na ito
    pagsasayang ng government resources
    protecting foreign commercial interests

    graft and corruption case

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NWTWAWQO7MWPOD75YHMUCR2IWU Mux

      I am not naman equating software companies with illegal miners, drug lords and such. I am just against a blatantly false article saying that legally purchased software is less vulnerable to malware or virus attacks than pirated software. There is no difference. There is no such thing as 100% protection even if you have the latest and most updated legal anti-virus software. 

      • joboni96

        tama ka

        pero ang punto ko

        bakit ginagamit tauhan at pera ng gobyerno
        para sa pakinabang ng
        dayuhang pribadong for profit na mga kompanya

        sa dami ng mas importanteng gawain
        as listed above

        sila ang humuli sa mga tumitira software nila

        go floss
        free libre open source software
        wala nga lang komisyon sa corrupt

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NWTWAWQO7MWPOD75YHMUCR2IWU Mux

    This is such a misleading article!! Malware can infect computers with licensed software as much as pirated software! The writer of this obviously did not do any research and just believed whatever the IPOPHIl director told him. This article is a LIE! 

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