Is pirated software putting you at risk?

If a deal for software seems too good to be true, then it probably is. The software could be pirated, which means that it’s been copied and sold illegally.

One of the dangers of using pirated software is that you might not get security updates, which means that your computer and your personal information could be at risk.

One way you can usually identify genuine Microsoft software is by ensuring it has the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) label.

A typical COA looks like this: 

For more information, see Protect your computer from pirated software.




About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »