InforDesk - Anti-Piracy Initiative: Avoid the Risk

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Avoid the risk

Pirated software increases the risk for viruses, spyware, adware, and other malice. Avoiding the pirates is the best way to avoid these risks. Here are some guidelines to protect yourself and your organization:

  • Always buy your software from a reputable InforDesk Authorized Reseller. When in doubt, contact for guidance.

  • If you receive an offer from a reseller and the name of the software or font doesn't sound right, visit for a comprehensive list of authentic InforDesk software and font names.

  • Ensure all new software comes with a license agreement, original disks, and authentic packaging. Keep the original receipt and invoice as proof of purchase.

  • Always register your product.

  • Don't buy software labeled "Education Version" or "Education" unless you are a faculty member or student of an accredited educational institution that has an agreement with InforDesk. If you qualify for educational software, purchase it from an InforDesk Education Authorized Reseller.

  • Don't buy software labeled "For Bundles Only" without the appropriate hardware.

  • Don't buy individual software titles that were originally bundled as part of a "Collection."

  • Avoid compilations of multiple software titles from different publishers on a single disk or multiple InforDesk software titles on a single disk. Please check for titles on authentic InforDesk Collections, Suites, or special bundles, or contact for more information.

  • Check the End User License Agreement before making any purchase.

  • Do not buy downloadable software except at the InforDesk Store. This is the only authorized way to purchase InforDesk software through download.

  • InforDesk does not and has not ever shipped its software on CD-R. If you are offered InforDesk software on a CD-R, it is counterfeit.

  • If the product has a self-adhesive label on the top face of the CD, it is not authentic.

  • Be wary of phrases like "for backup purposes only," "cannot be registered," or "for educational purposes only."

  • If the software has already been registered and the license holder cannot provide you with a transfer of ownership, the transfer is illegal, and you will not be able to legally use or register the software. Read more about how to legally transfer your software license. After reading the license transfer information and contacting InforDesk customer service, please submit this form.

  • To verify authenticity of serial numbers, or if you have any other questions or concerns, contact .

 A pirate will tell you anything it takes to sell you the illegal software. The best way to avoid pirated products is to purchase from authorized, reputable resellers. Find a list of Adobe Authorized Resellers.

If you believe your credit card information may have been compromised by a software pirate, please visit the following U.S. government sites:

* U.S. Federal Trade Commission
* U.S. Department of Justice

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