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There are several options when it comes to licensing your custom program. Obtaining the correct license is key and how you approach licensing will affect your bottom line.
Product keys have been in operation since computers became a household staple and are used to verify the purchase of a program. This is a tried and true way to license a product without the hassle of building a user database. This option presents hurdles though as well, such as protecting the key from multiple uses and longevity of key activation.
Popular programs such as Adobe editors and Microsoft Office programs use online licensing as a way to verify that the user logging in has the correct permissions to access the application. This approach is a bit more complicated than a product key because you need a network server to verify the login and store the user database. When going this route, you need to consider the added security that your application will need to protect your users’ information within your database.
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Every program has varying ways to confirm that its licensed to the right person. Different ways to license your product will influence your sales and how you need to budget and build around your application.
Product keys have been used since early home computers were a thing to verify the purchase of a program. This is a tried and true way to license a product without the hassle of relying on having a user database. This does have other worries though, such as how do you prevent multiple customers from using the same key or how long the key lasts for.
There are a few popular choices when it comes to licensing an application. One of the most popular ways is by logging in when the application opens. Popular programs such as Adobe editors and Microsoft Office programs use this as their way to verify that the person using the product is the correct one. This is a bit more complicated than a Product Key however in that you need a network server to verify the login and to store the user database. Last but not least, you need to consider the security needed to protect the information on the user database.
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