Using pirated software, even unknowingly, can cause system failure, endanger your personal data, and negatively affect your business productivity. CAD software is the fourth most pirated software in the world, according to a study by the Software & Information Industry Association. AutoCAD® is the most frequently pirated software from Autodesk obtained through torrents or cracks.
Software piracy includes the unauthorized downloading, copying, or distribution of software. Using previously registered software, downloading software or AutoCAD torrents from unfamiliar platforms, and using unauthorized keygens to generate invalid serial numbers or license keys are the most common ways pirated software is obtained. Victims of software piracy often believe they are purchasing genuine software.
65% of consumers have bought software from suspect sources, according to research from Play It Safe. If it looks too good to be true, it usually is.
Be wary of sharing. Legitimate product keys purchased as part of multi-license packs should be used together. Don't share AutoCAD product keys to be used separately.
Avoid unknown platforms. Downloading AutoCAD torrents or software from unfamiliar platforms or unauthorized sources is one of the most common ways that cracked and counterfeit products are distributed.
Don’t use unauthorized AutoCAD keygens or illegitimate product keys. Keygens are a type of AutoCAD crack created by unauthorized third parties that generate fake licensing information to activate a product. The likelihood of being infected by malware is very high.
Shop safely. Buy from trusted vendors to ensure you're purchasing genuine software. Autodesk works with authorized resellers worldwide and many reputable retailers, as well as providing affordable monthly subscriptions directly to consumers.
Avoid using previously registered software. It could violate restricted-use software rules.
Verify the software can be used on multiple devices. Make sure your software can be used on more than one computer before installing it on your other devices.
Use genuine free trials. We provide free trials of most products, so you can safely try before you decide.
If you download Autodesk software with good intentions and then discover that it was pirated, reach out and let us know. We’ll do our best to help prevent others from unknowingly purchasing non-genuine software.
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