Indeed, according to reports from , and others, users with trial or illegal versions of the software are finding that they are able to update to the recently-released new versions of each of these Apps (released alongside Apple’s event this Tuesday).
I held off on reporting this myself until I could find some real information on the matter.
Using a non-original key (for example, one provided by a key generator) will not give anyone back-door access to your computer/program. Even in times before calling home, there were programs (I think I remember at least one case of a popular computer game) where the functionality of a cracked version (including known leaked keys for some future path version) would change the program's behavior (such as the game missing some necessary details to get past level 2).
Weren't there windows versions that refused to install (security) updates when they thought the installation wasn't legitimate?
The problem with this that a user might not even know when the update will take place and Microsoft has denied users the choice to say no to an update.
While PC games have been heavily cracked and distributed across various channels, popular video game streaming service like Steam have been gaining strengths.
The Windows 7 anti-piracy update which pirates were fearing is now live getting distributed as KB971033 via Windows Update, the Windows Activation Technologies (WAT) update is tagged important and features detection of more then 70 known Windows 7 activation hacks and cracks informing users of their genuine copy status taking actions if usage of piracy is detected.
This update for Windows Activation Technologies helps detect validation errors and activation exploits.
If a validation error or activation exploit is detected, you will be directed to more information on the Internet for resolution of the activation exploit or the validation error.There have been a number of reports lately revealing that OS X Mavericks seems to be allowing users to “upgrade illegal or trial version” Apple software obtained outside the Mac App Store.Notable examples of such software include versions of i Work, i Life, or Aperture obtained on a DVD disc, or trial versions of such apps (the defunct trial pages for i Work and Aperture still exist on Apple.com).You can mess up a lot of things manually editing your registry – even make your system unusable. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, hire a trained professional.Sometimes, you have to wonder if Microsoft even tests these updates before just rolling them out…