February 2011 Developer's Poll

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What approach do you use to protect your software from piracy?

a. Product key (offline)
b. Online key activation/license manager
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c. USB or other dongle
d. None—I‘m still researching solutions
e. None—My software is freeware or distributed only to private clients
f. Other
Total votes : 31

February 2011 Developer's Poll

Postby Damon » Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:52 pm

This month's poll question was inspired by George's article. Thanks in advance for your votes.

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Re: February 2011 Developer's Poll

Postby gtokas » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:46 am

Since the inspiration came from me..:-)
Now I am using 2 schemes:
1. Online activation based on cryptographic communication and terminal recognition.
But what I am considering more secure and since I have now at least 2 places with static IP addresses:
2. The application starts if first communicate with the server.

So because there are no multiple choices I'm choosing "other".

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Re: February 2011 Developer's Poll

Postby gbrandt » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:21 am

I develop support software for embedded systems. My software ships with the biggest dongle I've ever seen :lol:
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Re: February 2011 Developer's Poll

Postby smays » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:28 am

...from what does anyone protect his/her software? From people using (copying, distributing, etc...) the software without paying for the software? My software is used by "private clients", i.e. coworkers, therefore I chose "e". Many of the people with whom I work are so afraid of new stuff that getting 'authorized' people to use my software is a much bigger problem than preventing 'unauthorized' people from using my software. Some would rather take by hand mountains of frankly questionable data than use something new. People 'stealing' my software would be actually be a compliment.

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Re: February 2011 Developer's Poll

Postby 2ffat » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:06 am

Since I'm an in-house programmer, I develop programs that fit the needs of our company. It's such a vertical market that very few others would (or could) find use for them. How many people do you know who work at a wood veneer mill?
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