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Software craftsman & hackerpreneur


Oct
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awarded  Scholar
Oct
22
accepted USB software protection dongle for Java with an SDK which is cross-platform “for real”. Does it exist?
Feb
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awarded  Popular Question
Feb
5
comment USB software protection dongle for Java with an SDK which is cross-platform “for real”. Does it exist?
Interesting. Notwithstanding, all this does not have anything to do with my question.
Feb
5
revised USB software protection dongle for Java with an SDK which is cross-platform “for real”. Does it exist?
added clarifications
Feb
5
comment USB software protection dongle for Java with an SDK which is cross-platform “for real”. Does it exist?
@alex I mean that for the same customer it makes no difference having 1 or 10 instances running (they just need one). What I need to prevent isn't customers running more instances than licensed (I don't care about that), but unlicensed companies running an instance.
Jan
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awarded  Supporter
Jan
31
comment USB software protection dongle for Java with an SDK which is cross-platform “for real”. Does it exist?
The protection is needed for the server side of a client-server infrastructure, so any customer site only needs to run one copy of the server softare. Nevertheless, +1 for your nice and relevant answer
Jan
30
awarded  Commentator
Jan
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comment USB software protection dongle for Java with an SDK which is cross-platform “for real”. Does it exist?
@JarrodRoberson "There is not a single hardware dongle on the market that has not been bypassed" Not true. There are smartcard-like dongles with an embedded low-power CPU for which cracking contests (with prize for mativation) have been made and where no crack has been delivered successfully. And anyways, who cares!? The point here is just to stop people who lightheartedly think "I'll just make a copy, it's just a matter copying something", NOT people malicious (and skilled) enough to crack the thing or to actively look for a nasty crack on a warez site full of popups and porn.
Jan
30
revised USB software protection dongle for Java with an SDK which is cross-platform “for real”. Does it exist?
clarification
Jan
30
comment USB software protection dongle for Java with an SDK which is cross-platform “for real”. Does it exist?
@AndresF. There is nothing I can do to keep the customer happier. The software does its work nicely and that's it. I could add a "need" for technical support, but that'd be unethical and not necessary: it's an easy to use software that does very specific things in a nice and efficient way, allowing the customer to cut costs.
Jan
30
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jan
30
comment USB software protection dongle for Java with an SDK which is cross-platform “for real”. Does it exist?
@Jarrdod It doesn't work that way where I'm from. Not at all. High value means that the manpower fixed-costs needed to create the software are not divided among many customers, making it a "niche" application. Here if someone can get his hands on free (read "pirated") stuff, they will. No matter of how high the value or quality or how vital it is for their company. You can focus on high value for the customer if you have that customer in the first place. You can't, if that customer got the software for half the price from a malicious reseller not sharing revenue with you.
Jan
30
comment USB software protection dongle for Java with an SDK which is cross-platform “for real”. Does it exist?
Also, I can't rely on MAC addresses either, because there might be multiple NICs on the computer, MAC address might change and, last but not least, one should be allowed to run the software on another computer whenever he needs to (it just needs to have the dongle inserted in order to run)
Jan
30
comment USB software protection dongle for Java with an SDK which is cross-platform “for real”. Does it exist?
@alex Unfortunately, I cannot install the software myself. The software is installed by the actual people (some sort of resellers) that I need to prevent from installing more copies than they're allowed to
Jan
30
awarded  Editor
Jan
30
revised USB software protection dongle for Java with an SDK which is cross-platform “for real”. Does it exist?
added what else I have tried
Jan
23
comment USB software protection dongle for Java with an SDK which is cross-platform “for real”. Does it exist?
A hardware-based dongle is not necessarily easily hacked: there are dongles for which hacking contests have been made and no winner has cracked the mechanism yet. Point is I need "some sort" of copy-prevention mechanism and I can't use online activation (since application is off the grid): a hardware dongle is the only effective solution I can think of... I just need to find out if somewhere, sometime and somehow, some company has ever done that with Java in mind
Jan
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awarded  Student