Software leaks have been around since day one, and caused for havoc for developers around the globe. Many people use leaked plugins/software as they don't want to pay the premium price attached to them, however there is a lot of risk involved when using leaked software and it very often backfires to a point that is beyond repair.

In this help article, we will explain three dangers associated with leaked software/plugins.

"Backdoors"
The standard definition of a Backdoor is:
A backdoor is a malware type that negates normal authentication procedures to access a system. As a result, remote access is granted to resources within an application, such as databases and file servers, giving perpetrators the ability to remotely issue system commands and update malware.
Many leakers build backdoors into their leaked software/plugins, which very often carries out malicious tasks within your service. We receive many reports, specifically with Minecraft Servers that have console and public chat spam from leaked plugins that disrupts the server. In some cases, leaked plugins can go even further and cause data loss within your server.

In more serious cases, attackers can steal data stored on your Website or Server that's confidential. Customer Data that gets exposed to the public poses a huge threat to businesses, and can lead to very serious legal action.

To stay clear of all the risk associated with backdoors, it's best practice to stay away from any plugins and/or software that's from an unknown source. We recommend only purchasing software from the original author, or third-parties that have been granted access to sell said software. If you're ever in doubt about the legitimacy of software, contact the author and they will assist you in validating that it's safe to use.

Legal Issues
It goes without saying that using "leaked" software and plugins is illegal, and can in rare occasions lead to a legal dispute. Whilst the legal option is very unlikely in most cases, it's never worth the risk.

Unethical
Software/plugin developers work very hard when building their products, and their hard-work should be compensated accordingly. It is extremely unethical to try to avoid paying fees, and in some cases it can be hurtful towards the creator.

Slashy Hosting strongly discourages the use of leaked plugins and software, and will take necessary action against servers that are found to be using such material. Not only does it pose a risk to your server, it also poses a large risk to our network that will be dealt with accordingly. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please refer to our Terms and Conditions or contact our Support Team.
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