Password protection for purchasing standalone applications

Dec 7, 2006 at 11:33pm

Password protection for purchasing standalone applications

Hello all,

In the event that I actually make a patch that people want to buy (heh) does anyone have any ideas or suggestions for how to manage a key-access or password system for paid customers?

I know it would be relatively simple to have a hidden route object that takes in a code entered into a text box, which would then unlock the program. Of course, that same executeable would be unlockable with that same code, unless it “locked itself down” after the first access. I imagine there’s much better ways of doing this, plus it would be nice (though not essential) to not have to make a change to each and every patch sold…

Any way of using a unique machine ID number? Or something with the system time?

Thanks for any ideas!
-CJ

#29102
Dec 8, 2006 at 4:53am

[gestalt] or mxj net.local to tie to the mac address are pretty
straightforward, but can be defeated.

On Dec 7, 2006, at 6:33 PM, Seejay James wrote:

>
> Hello all,
>
> In the event that I actually make a patch that people want to buy
> (heh) does anyone have any ideas or suggestions for how to manage a
> key-access or password system for paid customers?
>
> I know it would be relatively simple to have a hidden route object
> that takes in a code entered into a text box, which would then
> unlock the program. Of course, that same executeable would be
> unlockable with that same code, unless it “locked itself down”
> after the first access. I imagine there’s much better ways of doing
> this, plus it would be nice (though not essential) to not have to
> make a change to each and every patch sold…
>
> Any way of using a unique machine ID number? Or something with the
> system time?
>
> Thanks for any ideas!
> -CJ
>

v a d e //

http://www.vade.info
abstrakt.vade.info

#90126
Dec 14, 2006 at 6:59pm

#90127
Dec 14, 2006 at 7:26pm

#90128
Dec 14, 2006 at 11:07pm

Uh … given this is a public forum/list, and the forum is google-indexed, I’d suggest you don’t undertake too much discussion of copy-protection or registration mechanisms here.

#90129
Dec 15, 2006 at 12:33am

#90130
Dec 15, 2006 at 1:35am

Er, thats like saying not to discuss encryption technologies on an
email list – ridiculous – if you do it properly, the fact that its
open doesnt make the system less secure – as a matter of fact,
discussing it, is what will make it more secure, as other – more
knowledgeable people can point out insecurities.

i’ll take open source/open designed security over security by
obscurity any day of the week -

On Dec 14, 2006, at 6:07 PM, John Pitcairn wrote:

>
> Uh … given this is a public forum/list, and the forum is google-
> indexed, I’d suggest you don’t undertake too much discussion of
> copy-protection or registration mechanisms here.

v a d e //

http://www.vade.info
abstrakt.vade.info

#90131
Dec 15, 2006 at 5:17am

That’s what I was hoping for, that someone on here might know a reasonably secure way to do a paid serial/other system for Max applications that people might want to buy. If it’s a good enough system it really shouldn’t matter that we’re discussing it… of course, them hackers (crackers?) are pretty darn savvy.

Open source—-yeah! That’s the way to go. I hope something through such open channels can provide with a means for making a little money on applications that are in fact worth the price. I’m only talking like 30 bucks anyways….

–CJ

#90132
Dec 15, 2006 at 11:01am

#90133
Dec 15, 2006 at 9:16pm

Thanks Peter, that was very helpful. I had forgotten about Pace, that does seem to be the way to go for a serious app. Here’s to withing I (and anyone else!) get there someday…

It would be awhile if anything were to come up, but I’ll keep your message and information in mind.

Thanks again.
–CJ

#90134
Aug 18, 2010 at 12:43pm

hello 3 years ago, why the blank posts? thought we had got rid of these.

#90135
Aug 18, 2010 at 12:46pm

peter was using a chinese keyboard layout in these days.

#90136
Aug 19, 2010 at 12:00am

man, that guy must have a huge brain to understand all those characters…

#90137

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