The Importance of Buying Authentic Software

Let’s face it: software is expensive. Whether you’re buying software to balance your checkbook, do your taxes, or edit photos, you’re likely to find hundreds of different kinds of products available that fit your particular needs. One only has to browse over to Amazon or Adobe to discover that the sticker prices for many software programs can be pretty high. What many people don’t realize is that millions of dollars are devoted each year by software companies for testing, research and development.

In a world where profit motive is king, a big price tag is the only way companies can survive and make a profit. Because of high prices, the notion of downloading cracked or pirated software applications is very tempting. Chances are there is a shady outfit somewhere on the web selling a pirated version of your favorite software. Just do a quick Google search and you should be able to spot the fakes pretty quickly.

An unfortunate truth is that many of these pirated versions do in fact work! However, there are dangers lurking behind many of them. The person or company who created these pirated versions did not spend huge amounts of time and resources creating them for nothing! Computer viruses are often embedded inside these programs, which can wreak havoc on your computer. It begs the question: What’s the point of getting a free software application if your computer is only going to get a virus and malfunction?

Stop and think about it. How many times have you downloaded a pirated version of your favorite software, only to have your computer immediately start bogging down? It happens all the time. I would strongly suggest buying only legitimate applications from legitimate sources to avoid destroying your computer and losing important data.

I have composed some tips to help you make informed decisions when buying software and to protect yourself from being ripped off:

* Always buy software from a reputable source. Amazon is a great place to buy software because your purchases are protected in the unlikely event you get scammed.

* Although pirated software being sold on Amazon is an extremely rare occurrence, always make sure that the page says “Sold by Amazon Digital Services” before buying.

* If you receive an offer from a source you don’t recognize, chances are you’re being offered a fake version. When in doubt, look for an official company logo on the webpage, or better yet, look for an official company name in the address bar.

* Make sure that any software you buy comes with a license agreement, and always keep your receipt!

* Always remember to register your software immediately after buying. This ensures the manufacturer that your software is legitimate should you need support later on.

Remember, a scammer will tell you whatever it takes to sell you a copy of their pirated software. The best way to avoid being ripped off is to purchase your software from an authorized, reputable seller.