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FileMaker Plug-in Battles Identity Theft and Piracy


Glen Allen, Va – June 18, 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. USB Sentry works with both Macintosh and Windows.

Powerful plug-in protects your data and your wallet!

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. 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.


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