Latin America reaches the lowest rate of pirate ...

Latin America reaches the lowest rate of pirate …

July 8, 2014

According to the annual global study on the use of software programs, the region shows that there is 59% installation of non-genuine software.

Year after year, IDC conducts a global study on the use of software programs for The Software Alliance (BSA), which helps to understand piracy rates among computer users of all types of brands. For the 2013 report, users in 34 markets were surveyed, including 22,000 business PC consumers and users, and more than 2,000 IT managers. The trend is that the main reason for not using unlicensed software is the risk of security threats caused by malware; as well as intrusion by hackers and loss of data.

A look at Latin America:

  • In the case of Chile, software piracy fell to 59%, which corresponds to the lowest level in its last 10 years, since in 2009 this indicator reached 67%.
  • Mexico has managed to accumulate a reduction of 11 percentage points in the use of illegal programs since 2005, when it registered a 65% rate of apocryphal software.
  • For its part, in Colombia the index of PC software installed without the proper license was 52%, which means a reduction of one percentage point compared to 2011.
  • Despite security concerns, only 31% of software programs in Argentina are legal.
  • The average use of unlicensed software in the Central American region exceeds 74%, which in monetary terms is reflected in an amount of US $ 518 million. In Panama, for example, 72% of software programs are illegal.
  • The rate of PC software installed without the proper license in Peru was 65% in 2013.

The study shows that even when governments in the region, such as Peru or Argentina, have laws that fight against piracy, both the private and public sectors must continue with relevant investments, promoting better business practices, and adopt standards. of software management to ensure business ethics, as non-genuine software use rates in the surveyed countries are high.

Just take a look at the behavior of companies in countries such as Brazil or Chile, where according to the BSA study only 38% and 25% of these, respectively, have enacted policies for the use of licensed software. In Mexico, the survey reveals that in the country there are 47% of organizations that apply informal software licensing policies, 39% do so strictly and formally, and 10% of companies do not have any type of IT policy.

In this regard, the president and CEO of BSA, Victoria Espinel comments that “there are basic measures that any company can take to ensure full compliance, such as establishing a formal policy on the use of licensed software and the maintenance of detailed records. . Companies should also consider implementing stronger software management programs that follow internationally accepted guidelines. This helps organizations avoid operational and security risks, and ensures that they have the correct number of licenses for their users. “

“Ensuring the safe use of technology will not only generate more trust among users, but will also have a positive impact on the economies of the countries that promote such policies. Microsoft works hand in hand with various institutions, both public and private, in the creation and implementation of strategies to ensure the protection and use of data. Today’s result encourages us to continue working and shows us that there is still a long way to go ”, comments David A. González Nares, Antipiracy Director for Microsoft Latin America.

The use of the Internet is essential today, hence the importance of data being safe and protected, so we can all take advantage of its benefits with confidence. Microsoft is committed to protecting unsuspecting consumers from downloading or purchasing pirated software that exposes them to malware that leads to identity theft, data loss, or system crashes.

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