Microsoft: one in eight workers use pirated software
Vendor research shows 57 per cent of UK workers think employers would approve pirated software use
UK employees are risking identity theft and computer viruses through the use of pirated software in the workplace, research claims.
According to the findings of Microsofts Attitudes to Piracy report, one in eight people admitted to using pirated software at work and 57 per cent believed their boss would consider the practice acceptable.
Julian Swan, director of compliance marketing at anti-piracy body the Business Software Alliance, said: Businesses have many excuses for not managing software effectively, with cost cutting, ignorance and changes in IT personnel often cited during legal action.
But the cost of being found using unlicensed software far outweighs any perceived savings.
In the report, which features contributions from 1,000 respondents, two thirds admitted they had a poor understanding of the risks associated with using pirated software.
Despite this, 62 per cent said they had suffered a computer virus as a result of using pirated software, and 31 per cent said they had lost personal data.
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