There are many systems that can lock your software or document, allowing you to control access to that file. But the problem arises with assuming that this will stop all theft. A well thought out, thorough protection system can deter theft, but it cannot stop it 100%. An "unbreakable" protection system simply does not, and will never exist. If someone really wants your information, they can get it, even if it takes years of work. SO WHAT'S THE POINT? WHY USE ANY PROTECTION AT ALL? There is no 100% security guarantee in anything, but that's no reason to totally ignore protecting your intellectual property -- A thief can easily kick in your front door and rob your house, but you still lock the door. Locking the door is not 100% effective security, but we still do it. Why? Because it deters most potential theft and those who are more determined will have to work a bit to get in. WHO SHOULD USE PROTECTION? The big question here is, HOW VALUABLE IS YOUR INFORMATION TO YOU? Sensitive, proprietary or private information demands some sort of protection, otherwise transmitting over the net is not an option. If your information is not free, then it's obviously of some importance. So, how much damage would it do to you if it were made freely available? What type of impact would it have on your sales and could you (or would you) absorb that without thinking twice? Is a $14 Ebook worth paying for another service to protect it? Probably not, but it depends on the situation and target market. What about a $2,000 report? Does the price change the perspective? Businesses protect their property. If you believe your information or software to be of a unique or proprietary nature, you should protect that information using some means, no matter how small. Companies like Microsoft lose hundreds of millions of dollars due to software theft and fraud, yet they continue to implement protection measures in their software. I would guess that without any protection whatsoever the losses would be in the billions. WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT? Like I said, there is no 100% way to prevent every possible incident, but you can make it very difficult and less likely to happen. At best what you should hope is to provide just enough security to close obvious security flaws and discourage would-be thieves. But not so much security that it discourages honest users and customers. PROTECTION OPTIONS Here are some common protection schemes: No Protection: Just distribute your information and hope for the best. - Pros: No special process to access file which means less support issues. - Cons: File can be passed around, copied, distributed and/or sold without authorization from the owner. Can't prevent access after chargeback or refund. --- General Password Protection: Simply requiring a predetermined password to install or register the file. - Pros: Simple for customer or end user. - Cons: File and password can be passed around, copied, distributed and/or sold without authorization from the owner. Can't prevent access after chargeback or refund. --- PC-Unique Password Protection: Generates a unique password based on the user's computer. - Pros: Can't pass around the file since it is basically locked to one machine. - Cons: Requires an extra step for registration; Customer cannot move file to another PC; If their PC crashes they will need another unique password; Can't prevent access after chargeback or refund. --- Delayed Registration: This requires a user to enter a second registration number a specific number of days after they first register the file. For example, after 90 days of use, they must enter a new registration number that they receive from you. - Pros: It allows control over chargeback and refunds. The file will be disabled after the second registration period because you will not provide the second key to reactivate the file. - Cons: Requires an extra step for registration; A user can request refund or chargeback AFTER the second registration period. --- Post-Purchase Activation: Requires activation by online server. After user purchases they are entered into an online customer database. They then install and register the file by entering their name/email or some data. The server confirms the purchase and then activates the software.This method is become more and more common with big name software. - Pros: Can prevent unauthorized distribution of file since the file must be activated by the online server. - Cons: User must be online to register file; Can't move file to a different PC; Can't prevent access after chargeback or refund. --- Active Password Protection: Each time user attempts to access file it checks an online server to confirm the usage rights and permissions for the user. - Pros: Prevents distribution or copying of file; File Owner can revoke access to file after chargeback or refund; Access permissions can be changed and applied in real-time. - Cons: must be connected to the net to register and/or access file; User may not be able to move file to another PC; User registration can be somewhat cumbersome and difficult for some customers. --- EVALUATING PROTECTION SERVICES When looking to protect your digital information any protection system or service that you consider should have a few basic security bases covered. For software and executables: 1. When opening the file, a protection system must not save or copy an unprotected version of the file to the windows TEMP directory or anywhere on your PC for that matter. 2. The system should automatically prevent password sharing and access by unauthorized parties. This will prevent the document from being passed around or distributed illegally since it can't be opened unless you are authorized. 3. It should have some method to revoke or cancel access for refunded or fraudulent users. For PDF documents, providing adequate protection requires a bit more security as their are many more ways to obtain a protection free copy of the document. Any PDF protection system must cover the three bases above, as well as: * It must prevent emailing of file and exporting or extracting pages from file. * It must prevent copying file and text to the clipboard * It must prevent redistilling of the file and printing to PDF * It must prevent unlimited, uncontrolled printing of file * It must watermark all printed pages * If using Adobe Reader, the company providing the protection service must be an authorized Adobe DRM provider. WHAT ABOUT COST? IS IT WORTH IT? Is $300 a year too much to protect your copyrights? Definitely not. Protection costs money, but if your business is making money then it's a cost of doing business. Is it for you? I don't know. Selling a few low priced applications a month probably won't warrant any sort of protection, but if you generate a substantial income from your software or the information distributed is of a critical nature to your business, then you need to protect your intellectual "capital" at some level. FINAL THOUGHTS Personally, I believe that some level of protection should be implemented on any piece of software or document that is of any value to you. You should never mass distribute a file in an unprotected format. Otherwise you will be scrambling when you find someone misusing it... if you find them! It's easy to listen to those that say "don't worry about it" (a common reply to the document protection topic) until someone is actually stealing from you. Then all you can do is worry about it, but it's too late really. The damage is done. You can't take something back once it's out there unprotected. No amount of legal threatening is going to phase someone in Prague who just doesn't care about your copyrights.
Professional image editing tools like Adobe Photoshop or CorelDraw are perfect when you are deep into picture editing. Digital photo enthusiasts and professional artists enjoy some of the features offered by these and similar products. But what if your needs are different? If you are a Web designer, you mostly need to create small images: buttons, navigation, menu items, banners and backgrounds. These images are so small that you need to pay close attention to every pixel, but don't need photographic-quality color profiles or 3D color spaces. So why paying hundreds of dollars for a tool that you won't utilize even a little bit, and why wasting your own time learning these complex tools while you're not going to use most of the features anyways? Get a dedicated small-image editor for your Web graphics! IconLover http://www.aha-soft.com/iconlover/index.htm is a perfect tool for making buttons and banners, creating navigation and backgrounds. Create and edit icons and cursors, extract icons from icon libraries and executable files, draw shapes of any form and complexity with powerful translucency and shadow effects with the perfect gif editor! IconLover is a perfect gif editor for drawing small, Web-based images. Create buttons with drop shadow, make buttons with variable opacity, apply smoothing, negative, grayscale, and colorization effects to your Web graphics, rotate, roll, and mirror your images with IconLover. IconLover saves your Web graphics in ICO, BMP, JPEG, ANI, CUR, GIF, PNG, TGA, TIFF, WMF, WBMP, XPM, XBM and Adobe Photoshop PSD image formats. Make gif buttons with shadow effects, draw translucent hovering menus, apply smooth gradients and stunning visual effects to the smallest graphics - all within one inexpensive, easy-to-use tool! IconLover sits right in the middle of image editor crowd. Not as monstrous or expensive as Adobe Photoshop, and not as deliberately simplistic as Microsoft Paint, IconLover fits as a perfect gif editor for Web masters. There's no better way to create buttons and make banners for the Web than IconLover!
The strategic goal of any production and utilities department is to maximize production. Machinery and equipment is run continuously, or in batches. The equipment can be complex, as in nuclear reactors, or as simple as lathe machines. The goal to maximize production is determined by the availability of the equipment and its condition.The strategic goal of the maintenance department servicing production and utilities departments is to ensure the reliability and availability of the machines. The operational goals of the maintenance department require availability and scheduling of employees for work orders, maintaining inventories for the parts, and the analysis of maintenance-related problems.Equipment maintenance management software helps achieve the strategic and operational goals of a maintenance organization. These software packages are available as stand-alone applications customized for specific requirements, or integrated end-to-end solutions.At the strategic level, equipment MMS helps top management to make decisions about the purchase of equipment by providing data and analysis of the cost of managing the assets, and by providing data about the vendor and analysis of the equipment provided by various vendors.At the operations level, equipment MMS helps manage the maintenance schedule of the equipment. The software helps in the preventive and predictive maintenance by analyzing the historic data of the previous maintenance work orders. It also helps decide the availability of the equipment and the duration of the work. An integrated solution helps in optimizing the inventories by determining the parts usage and reorder time.Equipment MMS is ideally suited for small and medium-sized enterprises for which the entire integrated solutions may be very expensive. The decision to install equipment MMS should be guided by the requirements of the organizations and the features of the software.
This review aims to make you acquainted with Projetex - a simple and powerful project management tool for translation agencies.The idea to create single-purpose "project management" software for translation industry became obvious after desperate attempts to adjust commonly used MS Project and Intuit QuickBooks to the specific needs of translation agency. Projetex is ideal for project managing, corporate and freelance workflow management, data and files sharing within company. It covers all aspects of project managing: communication with clients, corporate experts and freelancers, tracking the project implementation, issuing financial documentation etc., saving the time and energy on every stage. The developer, AIT, have been working, in the translation industry for eight years now and is known to thousands freelancers and translation companies as both a serious "translation agency" and supplier of effective translator-oriented software (Translation Office 3000, AnyCount, CATCount, WinLexic, ExactSpent, ClipCount). Projetex was developed on the base of the most efficient and time-proved of them - Translation Office 3000, and reflects the considerable experience in managing translation and localization projects. No wonder Projetex becomes popular in other fields (like publishing business or advertising) with similar workflow structure as it provides the tools for coping with most common project managing tasks. The most important advantages provided by Projetex 2006 include: Automatic folder creation, thought-out structuring and simple access release brain space for more important or pleasant things. In addition file management takes up to three times less time. Built-in instruments for issuing financial documents; invoices are linked with jobs, payments can be linked with invoices. No need to underscore how convenient is that! Having all information stored in one place simplifies and quickens the process of locating and correcting mistakes, if any occur. The option of automatic calculation of profitability balance for each project will be undoubtedly estimated at its true worthy by project managers. As well as the other possibility provided by Projetex color differentiation for overdue/deadline today/deadline in the future projects, jobs, invoices and graphic scheduler tool for presentation of all current projects, client, freelance, expert jobs and their terms. Price-managing with Projetex: you enter the price only once and do not care about remembering it anymore: the next times you get it simply clicking the Price button. For those, who want to provide the analysis of working effectiveness all kinds of custom reports are available: for example, you can see the dependence between the number of projects from certain client and freelancers involved. Accounting is possible using different currencies for different clients and freelancers. All financials are automatically translated into company's base currency selected by you so that you can see the complete picture, avoiding multiple manual converting operations and inevitable associated mistakes. Possibility to see separately payments module, invoices module, quotes module etc. allows you to concentrate on the exact task you are working at and not get distracted by the information you do not need at the moment. From the other hand, multi-dimensional view of the database and cross-references gives the possibility to see the consolidated information on particular client/project/corporate expert/freelancer. Thus saving you time and nerves on switching between pages or documents and keeping in mind what information you are looking for and what you have already found. You can make your invoices and POs look as pretty/strange/simple/overloaded with pictures/etc. as you want - templates for invoices, purchase orders, quotes, job assignments and price-lists are completely customizable. Connect Offices and share files and database of clients, projects, jobs, freelance and in-house experts. All these together allow project manager to work at a considerably larger number of projects at a time. Projetex will undoubtedly suit small companies as well, where single team members may have two or more of roles combined, due to its flexible and detailed settings for access level assigning. And what users like most about Projetex - all its advanced functions are hidden under the simple, user-friendly interface. It makes Projetex one of the most efficient instruments for reducing time and costs expenses on project managing. Still, words are but wind and the proof of the pudding is in the eating: AIT provides the possibility to taste their project management software for 30 days absolutely free of charge (a clever move, as people get used to good things very quickly and do not hesitate to buy the license). In addition, on registering your copy of Projetex, you become eligible for highly competent and complaisant support (though they never hesitate to help even if you are only evaluating their products).
That's a well-known fact: the Windows operating system becomes unstable with time. It regularly freezes, acquires a lot of useless functions and trash in the registry. Specialists recommend reinstalling Windows from scratch not less than once a year. Most users think of reinstalling Windows as a long, routine process usually accompanied by formatting the hard disk. Generally, that's the way it is - if you do it manually and in an old-fashioned way. It's the 21st century already and it's high time to forget about manual routine work and data loss! Delegate Windows reinstallation to a professional in the field of automating software installation - Almeza MultiSet!There are two modes of reinstalling Windows: repairing Windows (installing above the current version of the operating system) or reinstalling it completely. All current settings are preserved if you repair it, while the complete reinstallation results in a truly new Windows version. Almeza MultiSet can reinstall Windows in both modes. Moreover, in case of the complete reinstallation, MultiSet can automatically install all necessary software after it "automatically install" s the operating system itself: drivers, service packs, software localization packages, server software, etc. After the applications are installed, every program is automatically configured. Also, it is possible to automatically tune the Windows operating system.Thus, no matter what mode you reinstall Windows in, the final result achieved by Almeza MultiSet will be the same: new operating system version + installed drivers + properly configured set of necessary software. No need to format the hard disk. No data losses.The work of Almeza MultiSet results in a distribution package ready for the automatic Windows and software installation. Besides, Almeza MultiSet can create bootable CDs/DVDs. Such disks can be used as a rescue means after a system crash. To completely restore the system, you will only have to insert such a disk into the CD/DVD drive and configure BIOS to boot from this device. The system will be restored in less than 40 minutes!Almeza MultiSet will be very useful for system administrators who maintain a lot of computers. MultiSet can automatically install software sets remotely via the local area network. Thus, you do not have come to each computer personally in order to update some software, you can completely delegate it to Almeza MultiSet!With Almeza MultiSet, reinstalling Windows will no longer scare you. Get busy with your own interesting things during the automatic installation and enjoy the automation!Relax more, work less, live interestingly!Almeza MultiSet: Reinstalling Windows without any data loss