NAIROBI: THE percentage of unlicensed software installed in personal computers in Kenya is still high at 78 percent in the year 2013, a survey has established.
A survey conducted by Global Survey put the commercial value of unlicensed software in Kenya at US$128 million.
According to the report, rates of unlicensed software installations declined slightly across the East and Southern Africa region from 2011 to 2013.
Up to 73 percent of software installed on personal computers across East and Southern Africa in 2013 was not legally licensed.
“In Kenya, the rate was unchanged at 78 percent in 2013; Botswana declined one point to 79 percent; Zimbabwe declined one point to 91 percent; Zambia declined one point to 81 percent; and South Africa declined one point to 34 percent,” declared the report.
However, the commercial value of unlicensed software across the region actually decreased from $672 million in 2011 to 540 million dollars last year.
Among their specific concerns are intrusions by hackers and loss of data. Yet in the enterprise, only 35 percent of companies globally have written policies requiring use of properly licensed software.
President and Chief Executive Officer of BSA, Victoria Espinel said with methods to manufacture and sell counterfeit software becoming more sophisticated, there was an urgent need for greater awareness of the critical problem.
“Unsuspecting companies are at risk of downloading or purchasing counterfeit software that can expose them to spyware, malware and viruses that can lead to identity theft, loss of data, and system failures,” she said.
Globally, unlicensed software use continues to be a major problem with 43 percent of the software installed on personal computers around the world not properly licensed.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY