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Anti-piracy initiative launched by Microsoft


TODAY, Microsoft New Zealand launched anti-piracy tools in an effort to flush out counterfeit Microsoft software.

“People who use non-genuine Microsoft Office are putting themselves at risk,” said Kevin Ackhurst, general manager, Microsoft New Zealand. “Non-genuine software has been shown to be more vulnerable to viruses and spyware, which can be used to damage a user’s PC or steal personal information.”

He said new tool to help ensure the safety of their computers and protect themselves from counterfeit software through Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) notifications.

He added the voluntary update helps ensure that customers have genuine Office and are better able to avoid the pitfalls of non-genuine software.

He said Microsoft is committed to protecting its customers and partners from counterfeit and pirated software.

He noted that counterfeit software has emerged as big business and is becoming an increasingly common way for criminals to victimise the public and steal personal information.

He disclosed by using genuine Microsoft Office, customers can avoid the risks and viruses associated with non-genuine software. Genuine Microsoft Office is supported by Microsoft Corp. and its partners, and is eligible for security updates and other important upgrades.

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