Feeds

One in three business users steal software

Digital Discontent

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Nearly a third of business users steal software or digital content, by grabbing it from the Net.

Thirty per cent could be considered to have pinched code or content via chat rooms, peer-to-peer file sharing systems, email, or by FTP, according to a survey conducted by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and KPMG.

According to the study, 54 per cent of business users do not know if they can redistribute information from on-line sites they subscribe to, while 23 per cent believe this is permitted.

Almost 70 cent say they use the Internet to acquire software, but fewer than 16 per cent admit to sharing it around.

But passing on subscription service content seems fair game to business users. One in five subscribe to business information services, and almost half of this group pass their stuff on. But they don't swamp their friends and colleagues with information - just seven per cent of the subscribers pass on data more than once a week.

In addition, 21 per cent of the business users obtain digital content from information services to which their employer does not have a paid subscription. One third of these "thieves" get unpaid-for info once a week; one-sixth get it once a day; and 46 per cent receive the content from workmates.

Is anyone surprised by this study? The results are based on a poll of 1,004 business software users. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY
'Nerd release' finally staggers past 50 per cent adoption
Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins
Redmond thinks the Object Real-Time Communications API for WebRTC is ready to roll
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8
Moz man claims the win on rivals' own benchmarks
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings
Oi, Windows, centOS and openSUSE – behave, we're all friends here
Was ist das? Eine neue Suse Linux Enterprise? Ausgezeichnet!
Version 12 first major-number Suse release since 2009
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.