Unique to one system application
Posted on 2002-06-26
My intention is to burn my application onto CDs when I'm ready to distribute it.
Each CD will contain a 'unique to one machine application' - So that my app will only work on that one user's system. Of course this will rely on me sending the prospective buyer/user a small exe to read in the BIOS or HDD serial. They would then e-mail me the BIOS/HDD# and then I would custom write that number into the unique application instance then burn the resulting app onto CD. This would be a simple way to stop the app being given to friends and neighbors etc. Trouble is, it includes a few steps to implement everything.
Can anybody offer any advice about the method I'm planning? Or, if indeed such a ploy is logical and/or feasible? Perhaps there's a simpler way that you might know of and wish to share. Any info will be appreciated.
I see potential problems with this specific system deployment... Supposing the user buys a new HDD or changes systems, the app would then not work. The user could ask me for another serial #, which in effect could be for his friends PC ;-) Any thoughts on this?
Please don't just redirect me to websites offering security components... I can Google my way to those myself. I want to get first hand info from the EE fraternity :-)
(BTW,I have seen the earlier post and URL pointing to TurboPower ProActivate)