Need some input on my web app. A safy way to call home.

Posted on 2012-09-11
Last Modified: 2012-09-13
I have this Web app ones a user downloads it they can install add-on parts of the app.

Is there a safe way to have to app call home and update a db and tell me witch part of the app user use the most.

And also have it display to the user witch part other users are using.

I know i can have it do a connect to a db in the code but i don't want the username and password in the code and stuff.

This is why i am ask a safe why.
Question by:armasmike
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    by:Ray Paseur
    "Safe" is relative.  If your app has a unique signature for each client, it can make a GET-method request to your server and send the signature string along with the name of the downloaded options as each option is used.

    Author Comment

    no there is no unique signature each client downloads the same web app.
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    Assuming there is a remote component to this ( thats what im understanding anyways ) just create a webservice, secure it with SSL for transfer across the wire and when you have your app deployed, be sure to create a auth token and handshake ( these can be as simple as encrypted values that you encrypt, send over the wire, decrypt on the other end and verify they match ).  I do completely agree with Ray though safe is a very relative term.  NOTHING is ever 100% safe.

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    thank you

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