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Every third illegally downloaded software programme – infected with a virus

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUData compiled by International Data Corporation shows: every third illegally downloaded software programme is infected with malicious software. Nevertheless, 69% of consumers and 33% of businesses in Europe procure computers with software from unsafe sources.

In addition, two-thirds of attacks from malicious software are performed shortly after purchase of hardware if the user does not perform regular updates. «This creates a closed circle. The user hopes to save money by purchasing software from unsafe sources. Then the user does not perform updates of said software, because he fears being caught using illegal software. This ends with hackers successfully hacking said device,» explains Sanita Meijere, board member of Software Copyrights Association.

Management of employees’ desire to upload software is becoming a more and more topical matter for organizations. 7% in Western Europe and 24% in Central and Eastern Europe had uploaded software of some kind to devices at work without informing their management in the past two years. Most often those software programmes were infected with a virus or other kinds of malicious software. This increased the number of infected devices by an average of 19%. At the same time, 50% of organizations do not perform monitoring over the software their employees use more often than twice a year. Only half of organizations have some kind of formal policy in this field.

Consequences are unpleasant. Prevention of damages caused by malicious software in the European Union cost EUR 7.2 billion for users and EUR 51 billion for organizations in 2017.

IDC recommends:

-purchasing computers, devices and software from trusted sources;

-making sure software used is licensed;

-performing regular security updates;

-monitoring software installations performed by employees;

-crating backup copies of sensitive data;

-not giving into ransom demands from hackers and viruses.


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