FileMaker Plug-in Battles Identity Theft and Piracy

June 19, 2007 in Software (E)

[] Glen Allen, Va - June 19, 2007 - FMWebschool, Inc. announced the USB Sentry plug-in for FileMaker 7 and 8. This powerful new plug-in enables you to use a USB stick as a key to unlock your FileMaker solution.

Powerful plug-in protects your data and your wallet!

If you are a FileMaker user or developer, then please read on. I'm going to tell you how to make money as well as put an end to having money taken from you.

The Problem:

Many of us develop and sell our FileMaker solutions to the public. Many times these solutions are copied and passed around the customer's office or emailed to friends. With most FileMaker solutions it's extremely easy to do. Most solutions are protected only by a password. Once the customer has the password, they are free to pass your solution around with the password. Instead of selling multiple copies of your software to customers, you are only able to sell a single copy.

The Solution:

Now there is a way that you can protect your software. You can actually stop customers from allowing multiple users to access your solution. There is no username and password that will enable them to open your FileMaker solution, there is just a simple key.

The key is a USB stick that is tied to your FileMaker solution. If they do not have the correct USB stick inserted into their computer, then the FileMaker solution will not run. Yes, they can copy the solution from computer to computer, they can even email your solution to their friends, but when they try to run the solution, it will not work unless, you guessed it, the USB key is physically inserted into their computer.

How does this work?

USB Sentry is a FileMaker plug-in that enables you to lockdown a FileMaker solution and tie it to a single USB stick. Without that USB stick, the database says "Sorry, No entry".

As a developer, you would simply send the customer your solution on a USB stick. The customer would copy the solution onto their computer, and leave the USB stick inserted. The FileMaker solution would continue to run until the stick is removed. Once the stick is removed they will be prompted to either replace the USB stick or exit the program. USB Sentry is simple and efficient. No more worrying about passwords or unlock codes, USB Sentry takes care of this for you.

Other Uses for USB Sentry

Aside from software piracy, USB Sentry can enable you to set up login routines and protect your data from falling into the wrong hands.

USB Sentry makes it simple to tie multiple USB sticks to a single database. This way, multiple users can login to a single database if their USB stick is configured to work with that database. The USB Sentry plug-in includes a sample database and a detailed users guide that shows you how to quickly format USB sticks and tie them to your solution.

Protecting your data is also extremely important. Laptop theft is an extremely easy way for thieves to gain access to personal or client data. With USB Sentry, the thief will not be able to open your databases unless the correct USB key is present.
You can also protect your FileMaker database at home or at the office. When you leave, simply remove the USB stick, and no one will be able to access your database.

Not only does USB Sentry simply enable you to sell your solutions, and be paid the true value of your product, but also allows you to ensure the safety of your data.

FMWebschool is a team of creative developers specializing in innovative PHP and FileMaker web solutions since 1999. FMWebschool focuses on progressive FileMaker integrated turn key solutions, training, books and learning resources to facilitate FileMaker web publishing. FMWebschool has a solid track record and reputation for outstanding customer support.