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How to Copy-Protect Demos and Trial Software

Martin Payne | 27 octobre 2020
Software Protection Copy Protection Trialware

It is common practice for software developers to release demo versions of their software so that potential customers can evaluate its functionality before purchasing it. This licensing model is usually known as trialware, demoware or "try before you buy". This article explores how software demos can be provided in a secure way while protecting IP and revenue streams.

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What is Software Protection?

Martin Payne | 22 juillet 2020
Software Protection Copy Protection

Software protection refers to measures that can be taken by a software developer to prevent unauthorised use of their software, enforcing their licensing agreement and using anti-debugging and anti-reverse engineering techniques to protect their intellectual property (IP) against theft.

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Dinkey Pro/FD Version 7.5 Released

The Dinkey Pro/FD Team | 13 juillet 2020
Dinkey Pro/FD Software Protection Copy Protection

We're excited to bring you version 7.5 of the Dinkey Pro/FD SDK. Almost two years in the making, this release expands the capabilities of Dinkey Pro/FD in many different ways, allowing you to protect more software on more platforms than ever before.

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Microcosm, the Software Copy Protection Experts

Nick Smith | 6 mai 2020
Software Protection Copy Protection

With over 30 years experience in the software protection industry, Microcosm offers a range of copy protection solutions that delivers the perfect combination of security and ease of use. In this post we outline our history and describe our current software protection solutions.

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COVID-19 Information

Microcosm | 3 avril 2020
News COVID-19

Information about changes to our service due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

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One-Time Password: Frequently Asked Questions

Nick Smith | 27 mars 2020
One-Time Password

Answers to common questions relating to importing, provisioning and managing OTP hardware tokens in 2FA and MFA environments.

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Christmas and New Year Opening Times and Support

Microcosm | 17 décembre 2019
News

Full details of our opening times and sales and technical support over the festive period.

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Les normes relatives aux cartes à puce: Que signifient-elles toutes ?

Nick Smith | 14 mai 2019
Cartes à puce Normes

Compte tenu du nombre important de normes relatives aux cartes à puce, il est important de comprendre leur signification et leur pertinence. Dans cet article, nous donnons un aperçu de plusieurs normes clés et du rôle qu’elles jouent dans l’écosystème de la carte à puce.

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Generic Identity Device Specification (GIDS) for Smart Card Authentication

Nick Smith | 22 avril 2019
Generic Identity Device Specification GIDS Smart Cards PKI Authentication

GIDS sets out the functionality of a physical identity device that can be used for authentication, such as a smart card or USB token.

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Qu’est-ce que le PKCS#11 ?

Nick Smith | 30 novembre 2018
PKCS#11 PKI

PKCS#11 définit une API pour communiquer avec des jetons de sécurité cryptographiques ("tokens cryptographiques") tels que les cartes à puce, les clés USB et les modules de sécurité matérielle (HSM). Également connu sous le nom de "Cryptoki", PKCS#11 fait partie des normes de cryptographie à clé publique

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Introducing Our New Partner, Korum Secure

Mark Chater | 29 novembre 2018
News Korum Secure Dinkey Pro/FD CopyMinder IT Security Hardware

Microcosm is pleased to announce that Korum Secure is our new distributor in France.

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Dinkey Pro/FD Version 7.4 Released

The Dinkey Pro/FD Team | 2 août 2018
Dinkey Pro/FD Software Protection Copy Protection Trialware

We are very pleased to announce a new release of the Dinkey Pro/FD SDK, version 7.4. Version 7.4 brings a much sought-after feature to Dinkey Pro/FD—demo software keys. Read on to learn more.

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Google Advanced Protection Program

Nick Smith | 18 juillet 2018
Google Advanced Protection Anti-Phishing Security Keys

Google have introduced their strongest security for personal Google accounts. Support for hardware Security Keys now offers the strongest form of account protection against sophisticated phishing attacks.

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HOTP et TOTP : quelle est la différence ?

Nick Smith | 3 juillet 2018
HOTP TOTP Mot de passe à usage unique

HOTP et TOTP sont les deux principaux protocoles permettant de créer des mots de passe utilisables une seule fois, mais quelles sont leurs implications du point de vue de la sécurité, et lequel choisir ?

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Microcosm is Now Listed on WiredGov

Lucy Stanton | 23 février 2018
WiredGov Public Sector Supplier

Microcosm is pleased to announce that it is now listed on WiredGov, enabling the distribution of our digital security software and hardware to the UK government and public sector organisations.

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Cybersecurity Budgets

Lucy Stanton | 5 décembre 2017
Cybersecurity

Driven by ever-increasing rates of cyber crime, spending on cybersecurity is expected to rise by 12-15% over the next five years, with cumulative global spending predicted to exceed $1 trillion from 2017 to 2021.

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Dinkey Pro/FD Version 7.3 Released

The Dinkey Pro/FD Team | 18 octobre 2017
Dinkey Pro/FD Shell JSON macOS Linux Software Protection Copy Protection

We are very pleased to announce a new release of the Dinkey Pro/FD SDK, version 7.3. Read on to learn more about what's new in version 7.3 and how it can benefit you.

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Why Passwords are Failing to Keep Systems Secure

Lucy Stanton | 17 août 2017
Passwords SmartSign Biometric Authentication

When designing a system, using passwords to protect access might be the first thing you think of. However, this is rarely enough to secure sensitive information.

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Microcosm Selected as UK Government G-Cloud Supplier

Nick Smith | 19 mai 2017
G-Cloud 9 Digital Marketplace Cloud Software Authentication SaaS

Microcosm is pleased to announce that it has been accepted as a G-Cloud 9 supplier by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) as part of the latest iteration of the G-Cloud Framework.

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New Developments in OTP Authentication Hardware

Nick Smith | 19 janvier 2017
One-time Password OTP Authentication

Despite the emergence of mobile-based authentication technologies and the convenience they offer, organisations concerned with security continue to embrace the humble One-Time Password (OTP) token and the security it brings.

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Dinkey Pro/FD New Features & Improved Hardware

The Dinkey Pro/FD Team | 7 octobre 2016
Dinkey Pro/FD DinkeyWeb macOS Linux Software Protection Copy Protection

We are very pleased to announce a number of recent improvements to Dinkey Pro/FD, both in hardware and software. In particular, the latest release of the Dinkey Pro/FD SDK—version 7.2—introduces some great new functionality requested by many of our customers using Mac OS X and Linux.

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