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Prevent Copy Of Access Dbase Program


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magusbuckley

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Hello:

Created an Access Dbase program recently for my wife and have come to realize other people may be interested in this program too.

If I were to sell it to individuals, how can I prevent them from copying it to other computers, giving a copy to their buddies, etc.?

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Magus
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Without trawling round the Internet for 3 months trying to seek a fruitful answer to your question Magus it may prove more beneficial to you to ask your question here.......

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Thanks for the reply.

I've checked out your site and it seems it's telling me what my rights are which is great, but not really what I'm looking for here. I'm looking for a method I can use to prevent an access dbase application from being copied from one machine to another.

I'll graze the site you suggested some more and in the mean time, if anyone else has a suggestion, please let me know.

Thanks..

Magus
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There is really nothing you can do to prevent copying files from one computer to another. That is outside of the capabilities of any software. What you want to do is prevent running the files that have been copied. To do that you would need to tie the software to the machine it is originally installed on by creating some sort of key that uses something on the machine like a serial number or user account or MS license and then making a hash that can be checked when the application starts up and compare the results. Since that can get quite involved an easier approach would be to use something like KeyedAccess for Microsoft Access. It is a commercial application so it all depends on how important the application is and if it is worth the cost.
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OldTimer:

Yes, this is exactly what I'm looking for.

I'm going to give this a whirl.

Thanks for the information.

Magus
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