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Rocky Moore28-May-03 22:27
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It is really going to depend on many factors. One version I have pondered on using should I release an application to the general public again, is to use a "battery" type system. (Oppps.. Better run on patent it so that I can wait five years and hit people up for fees Wink | ;) )

With the it will simply force the person to "charge" the registration battery when they sign up. This makes a full battery in the program and will function normally until the battery runs out. When it gets low it will have in icon that appears somewhere which if they click on will charge it back up. If it continues to get lower it will start blinking. When the battery is almost died, it will start a popup each time you run the application informing them it needs charged. When it batter dies the program dies until recharged.

This both allows off-line use but with regulation. There would also be an option to keep the battery charged any time there is a network connection thus eliminating any user intervention.

I would also give each installation a unique ID and allow (x) installs per purchase. When they are charging the system, it will pass that ID to the server that will verify they are a legal user. If not, or the number of times it is charged (if you allow two machines then in a battery time span it would allow two recharges), if more charges have been used than allowed or it is an invalid code it would not charge.

All this is a simple way to protect software. BUT (yes there is always one of those), if you are writing an application in C#, unless you have a very good scrambler, some smart person will just decompile your program and diconnect the battery.

This is one of the reasons companies like Microsoft are now trying to force everyone into a hardware key so that hacked version can be detected. I have one rule when it comes to copy protection, "If man created, man can break it". You can never make an application safe you can only keep honest people honest.

Another way to cut down on piracy is to put out lots of updates. If a hacked version it detected in an update, they program no longer works.

Rocky Moore <><
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