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Using License codes found online?

I haven't cracked a software license in years now. I remember when I first started using the internet I would search for cracks for almost every software I used.

But technologies advanced and it was getting very hard to find cracks and free licenses so I stopped doing it since for almost any software out there you can basically find a free source version.

Recently my Screaming Frog license expired and I was experiencing with different kind of free source spiders, but nothing even compares with Screaming Frog and I'm pretty sure its the best website crawler out there giving your the option to extract a huge range of data and create SEO reports. I find it indispensable for on-page fixes and audits.

So, I was willing to renew my license until I've found a couple of free ones online, on a website that claimed they're giving them away for free. Tried one my wife's PC (not connected to the internet) and it works. It basically expires next year in August.

Should I trust that website and can anything bad happen if I'm using that username and license key?

Would I be part of something illegal? Remember I'm not using any additional cracking software, I just need to copy-paste the code.

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idealmike

Well, I don't use any cracked software or codes found online for anything. Mainly because if I need support for that specific software, I can't really say that I found a code online for it LOL. Besides, most things come with a free trial of sorts so you can use it long enough to see if it's valuable to you or not. And if it is, and you are going to get a lot of usage out of it, and it's going to be a valuable tool to you in some way. You should really purchase it anyway. That way they get their money for it and can put that money back into the product itself to provide you with updates and improvements to it in time.

It's sort of how artists react to when people share their music and stuff online. Without the money, they can't put that back into themselves to create more songs and art and stuff and it's the same for software developers as well. Without the money coming in, they can't really provide more updates to that software which means you could be using an older version of something that could be better if nobody was ripping them off. Plus they have to end up spending a lot of money in combating that which means less production in time as well.

So its not really whether you should trust that website or not. It's whether you should use it for these reasons alone. It's definitely illegal. Although the software dev may have a hard time bringing them to a court of law because that also takes money to do that and some of them don't have enough money to pay for ongoing updates and support to the genuine buyers let alone taking people to court.

Honestly, if you like the software, and you're going to get a lot of use out of it for a long time. You're better off just buying it! Plus you'll get a warm fuzzy feeling inside and feel "legit" and not have to be constantly looking over your should or loosing sleep at night wondering and worrying if you're going to get nicked for it. You can say, hold up, I have a legit license! Using License codes found online?




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Cristian

Ok Mike. You kinda convinced me! I'll renew my license! As I said, not really a software crack user, as you I want to sleep better at night knowing I'm clean with everything.

But I wonder how many people are get caught using cracked software or licenses found online.




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idealmike

You know it makes sense Cristian! And oh, many people mate! M$ have sued individuals and large coprporations for using nulled/cracked versions of their OS. And other smaller software writers and developers have taken people to court who have used cracked/nulled versions of their software and won. Just do a Google search for "people sued for using cracked software" and you'll find many cases old and new without having to dig very deep. Here is one that ranks top for that which talks about how M$ has sued 26 companies over using pirated software. I wouldn't want to get that "knock on the door" and then be handed a subpoena.




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procoder

Using any kind of serial/license key that you have not paid it's illegally. Those serials that can be easily found online, are stolen serials and leaked online for the public. It's just a text code, but in fact you are using someone's else identity, because when you buy a license you have to provide your sensitive information details. Furthermore, software developers have right to do anything "bad" if they find that someone is trying to crack their software, or using a stolen license. They know everything about your computer in that moment when you do the connection with the activation server. Also, most of cracks are backdoored, because nobody will give a piece of software that cost a lot for free.




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Cristian

I wasn't referring to cracks, but direct codes (just the test of it) - I'm pretty sure its impossible to get a virus out of them, but nevertheless, the software itself may have a call home feature.




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Lynne

Well you obviously like the software and you know it works really well so I suggest you just pay for it.

I remember in my early twenties I used to use all pirated software with cracks and it was like what can I get away with right? And then is was so easy to find cracks online. There was a crack code for everything. The other thing is that I was using these things before to play around with, it was necessary for me to have and I wasn't making an income from it. Not that it made what I was doing right...

I just feel now that as a mature adult that uses these tools and software to make an income I should always buy it.




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MendasDigital

I'm not familiar with the program in question, but license key sharing often violates a program's terms of use, which you typically agree to by using the program. Also, many programs nowadays are designed to "call home" especially for verifying license keys. This could result in the author being able to see the IP address of anyone using that key/username, which is probably not something you want as it is the equivalent of shouting "I'm using a pirated key! Here's where I live.". Given that your computer was not connected to the internet, it would seem this program doesn't "call home", or at least not when verifying the license, but it's something to keep in mind.




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