This coming Thursday, November 27, 2007, Asia Pacific College will be hosting BitDefender’s anti-piracy campaign entitled “Bit Piracy at its own game!” The said seminar will also feature the official launching of the 2009 version of BitDefender antivirus software.
It’s a seminar for students that aims to educate them about the pitfalls of pirated security software. True that there are many risks in using pirated security software the greatest of which is being prosecuted under the law because hey, it is a crime.
However, what really keeps Filipinos, especially students, from using licensed software is the price. I recall trying to purchase a licensed copy of PC-Cillin back in 2004 but was stopped dead on my tracks because the price tag would just burn holes in all of my pockets! This is also the reason why I never really tried BitDefender before even though it was so easy to get a pirated copy of it. It’s a good thing free security software had become reliable by then so it became a great alternative.
But these security software like Avast and the one I’m currently using AVG Free edition, lacked some features that ‘big brands’ had and those features come at quite a high price. That’s one of the main reason that despite the availability of free alternatives, pirated security software are still rampant.
BitDefender’s strategy to combat piracy is to offer its security software at a much affordable price to students. That’s why this coming Thursday, at the ‘BIT Piracy at its own game!’ seminar, BitDefender is going to offer its security software for only Php270.00. It’s a good bargain indeed because it currently sells for $59.95 or roughly Php2800 and one could only wish that the other vendors would do the same.
According to BitDefenders’ local partners for this campaign, other schools like De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, UST College of Engineering, and Manila Central University have signed up to host the same seminar. It would be good if De La Salle University – Dasmariñas would host the seminar as well.
This is a good effort in fighting piracy in the country. My best wishes to BitDefender and again, I wish that the other vendors would follow suit and offer special discounted prices to us students. 😀