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Is it safe to use Net-Banking on pirated Windows?

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Hello All,

As the title says, I would like to know is it safe to use net-banking on a pirated windows connected with the mobile internet hotspot? And what are the precautions I should take while using the same?

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No… Microsoft might debit ur accnt for windows license fee smiling_imp

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Why using pirated windows use free linux

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drupal wrote:

Why using pirated windows use free linux

Never tried Linux, heard Dota doesn’t works properly on Linux either.

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Paid Windows bhi ata hai ? hushed grin

Humne to kabhi paid use he nhi kiya stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye

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drjpatwa wrote:

Paid Windows bhi ata hai ? hushed grin

Humne to kabhi paid use he nhi kiya stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye

+1

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bindaas use kro.. i am using pirated window from 15 years smiley smiley smiley

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shh_my_dog_is_sleeping wrote:

Hello All,

As the title says Is it safe to use Net-Banking on pirated Windows? I would like to know is it safe to use net-banking on a pirated windows connected with the mobile internet hotspot? And what are the precautions I should take while using the same?

what ‘kind’ of pirated?
Using a single user license on more than one installation is also technically piracy (or having more than N installations where the license is for N uswrs only)
Thus, many kwys “purchased” (or got free) from key sellers, givers too might technically render an installation asa counterfeit.

But such ‘piracy’ by itself should not pose the threats of cyber attacks or risks of identity theft, data theft.

since the priduct you mentioned (depending on version and variant within the version) might have various methods (checks) to activate and periidically check for activation status or updates;
if the (as per you) “pirated” copy has some key elements of the product tinkered with (tampered with) and some crucial secirity features supressed or in some way disabled,
then (and i am only assuming) that such tampering (cracked) of the software might allow the same people who cracked the software or maybe even others with adequate knowledge, motivation, resources to do other things with the systems connected to the open internet (by targeted or general ransomware type attacks).

But then, those issues would be far more troublesome and you are specofically asking about safety in using financial services like banking.

With the redundancies, checks and balances buult into our (India’s) financial systems, it is rather difficult to simply siphon off money strictly by on-line means.

Since almost every transaction needs authenticatiins via various servers (like UIDAI, payment gateways, bank itself) or real world messages sent to handphones
any foreign, bad actors cannot simply access or transact in one’s accounts here.

but by chance, if any remote access tools or screen mirroring or keyloggers and such get planted on a compromised system (with a copy of such ‘pirated’ operating syste) then😑 one never really knows.


these aside, it is mistly the social engineering (phishing) atracks are the ones which are still some of the most successful (from the viewpoint of the perpetrator/s).

Thus, sucking up to lottery scams or bounty scams/ refund traps or in any way sharing sensitive details can always mess things up….. …. but for that, ‘pirated’ operating system by itself can not be blamed.
It could surely be the first stepping stone or point of breach for the perpetrator/s to get in though.

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drjpatwa wrote:

Paid Windows bhi ata hai ? hushed grin

Humne to kabhi paid use he nhi kiya stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye

Free ≠ pirated.
or shall i rather say that a comimentary, bundled, raffled (contests) or even a free product does not necessarily mean that it is ‘pirated’. (query of shh_my_dog_is_sleeping is specifically about “pirated” product).

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Either use unregistered windows 10 or buy now…

Pirated windows is unsecured and data may hacked anytime… Better to reinstall windows now.

If you want i can provide you windows 10 pro retail version at 2k…

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rohit_agarwal wrote:

If you want i can provide you windows 10 pro retail version at 2k…

boxed product, with media?
or _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

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can we upgrade from windows 7 to windows 10 for free from MS website rolleyes

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@shh_my_dog_is_sleeping The safety of net banking is more dependent on the web browser you are using and not the piracy status of windows. If you want to be double sure of the safety of your net banking session, then always use incognito mode with all add-ons disabled in the browser, and instead of typing in the password through the keyboard use the virtual keyboard option shown next to the password on the login page to enter your password (avoid hidden keylogging if suspected).

As soon as you are done with your net banking session, sign out immediately and close the browser window completely i.e. do not leave anything (tabs) open in the browser since there can be screen scraping malware that can read data from the inactive tab if there is no activity in the tab for some time. That’s one of the reasons why the session gets expired after a certain time of inactivity of the net banking session.

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What’s pirated? If you have downloaded the ISO directly from MS website and activated by KMS or some other then it’s as good as the official version. I have purchased windows 10 in 2016 but never bothered to use that official version, still continuing with so called pirared or unofficial version. There’s absolutely no worry, shouldn’t be.

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It depends on from where you got it.
So my suggestion would be:
Install any internet security or total security software like Kaspersky,AVG, Bitdefender,etc.
Some of these like Kaspersky provide secure browser.

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desiman wrote:

can we upgrade from windows 7 to windows 10 for free from MS website rolleyes

even the MS support teams themselves give wavering response to that question, but 😉eventually slip in the😉 “you can head over to ”https://www.microsoft.com/en-GB/software-downlo...“>https://www.microsoft.com/en-GB/software-download/win...10 and try sir/madam” line.

thus it is anybody’s guess, as to how definitive the deadline to upgrade was (for people not using special access tools. the visually impaired or others officially had much longer window).

P.S.: the M.S. Windows support may not give the exact link as above, nor am i hinting for one to rely solely on it.
their standard verbiage is to head over to “so and so” Win10 download site ↹ download the executable ↹ have the “Media creation tool” executed “run” (if the PC which needs to be upgraded is available).
and ↹thereafter follow the instructions and wait an hour or so for it to download, install. (depends on hardware, magnetic drives are obviously more likely to be slower than SSDs).

for those who are in need of or ready to go into doing things manually, can ⇥download the entire ISO file⇤ upfront.

in your case, in case of Win7, third party utilities might be needed for one to ⇥’mount’ the ISO file⇤ and have a ‘virtual drive’ going …. from where the upgrade process of Win7 to Win10 will proceed.

not that it needs to be mentioned that nobody but you are liable for what happens and that the responsibility to have prior back-ups (to roll back, to revert the system to original state) rests with you and you alone (and not with MS or any other site, forum, person).

M.S. official site does help out with verification steps to check whether the downloaded ISO file has not been corrupted, tampered with or altered from the original.
For example, even here https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-10-enterprise or elsewhere,
they have some section about “Verify your download” wherein the checksums or the known good (SHA256) value is mentioned.
So, the “English International 64-bit” version downloaded file should have the hash value ↪BD9E41BDF9E23DCF5A0592F3BFE794584C80F1415727ED234E8929F656221836↩ as the SHA-256 value.

Some other ISO (changed language or 32 bit versus 64 bit) might have different value.
If the ISO you found (online) or directly downloaded from MS sites has the same value, then it means that the file is original, not tampered or altered with).


on how to get to know of or extract the checksums, you can refer to https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/microsoft.powershell.utility/get-filehash?view=powershell-7 to learn more about using the get-filehash command.
Alternatively you may want to explore KnowledgeBase article# 841290 (KB841290) http://support.microsoft.com/kb/841290 [this link redirects now, dince it has been a while since they kind off depreciated the Knowledge Base repository].
☡Warning☡ The Microsoft File Checksum Integrity Verifier (FCIV) utility is an unsupported command-line utility that computes MD5 or SHA1 cryptographic hashes for files. Microsoft does not provide support for this utility. Use this utility at your own risk. Microsoft Product Support Services (PSS) cannot answer questions about the File Checksum Integrity Verifier utility.

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ithehappy wrote:

What’s pirated? If you have downloaded the ISO directly from MS website and activated by KMS or some other then it’s as good as the official version. I have purchased windows 10 in 2016 but never bothered to use that official version, still continuing with so called pirared or unofficial version. There’s absolutely no worry, shouldn’t be.

why not using paid one ??

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donotkillmeyet wrote:

boxed product, with media?
or _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Only key without box….. I have physical bulk key but can’t send to any location.

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