Regarding cracks - CD Keys
I have always wondered about the point of CD keys since I first noticed them on Microsoft products. How do they hamper piracy?
Well, clearly, it doesn't have any impact at all unless you're required to use the key in some way -- like with activation.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Much like locks on doors, "It keeps honest people honest."
Ah yes, the old "so what if anyone could defeat it, it does have SOME security feature" argument.
If you register your software, the key then tracks that copy of the software to YOU.
And even if you don't register, they can easily trace you.
In Microsoft's case this is only since the changes that came with XP and Office XP, prior to that all MSDN licences used the same number for registration.
The CD Key concept was born before the 'net explosion (and definitely before MS caught on to its importance). The "big deal" was that you couldn't get support (which you've ostensibly paid for when you bought hte software) unless you've registered with your unique CD Key.
pb, they can only trace you if your software depends on the vendor's participation in operating correctly.
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