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Illegal Password Sharing

JohnDodson One of my customers had a small challenge for me as far as someone starting an underground site so to speak, that post known passwords to a particular ebook or all her ebooks.

This is how I solved it and feel it's worth sharing with everyone:
Go to the User Interface and disable the Password button on the toolbar, disable the Pop-up menu on right click also. (I believe in the 4.21 version you will be able to change the contents of the right click, if so, remove the Enter Password option from it.)

Now a person has no choice but to pay for the book, whether they already have the password or not because the only place they can enter the password is on the password page that they go to once they have paid.

Posted on: 4:58 pm on April 2, 2002

I believe in the 4.21 version you will be able to change the contents of the right click, if so, remove the Enter Password option from it.)

Actually you can change the text, but you can't remove options from popup menus, so you have to stick with removing the popup menu.

I haven't tried this out, so I'm not sure it's 100% bullet proof, but I think at minimum this might be an extra deterrent.

Posted on: 5:12 am on April 3, 2002
JohnDodson I agree, if you can't remove the Enter Password option and you don't want to disable the popup then changing the name would be a deterrent as they won't know where it goes.

Posted on: 7:20 am on April 3, 2002
gistutor OK, if I disable the right-click pop-up and the Password-Button, what's in the case of somebody crashing her/his machine and loosing the unlocked version. They would download the eBook again, but how could they enter their already purchased password?

Eric J. Lorup

Posted on: 1:05 pm on July 10, 2003
EBookCompiler It depends on how they crash it

It they reinstall Windows or reformat, it'd be like installing on a new computer. They won't get a new password unless you give it to them

If the don't reinstall Windows or reformat. The new copy would already be unlocked

Posted on: 4:26 pm on July 10, 2003
april thunder The idea sounds good, and I've read all the past comments in this page about the idea of disabling the password-entry window.  I'm curious to know as to how one could enter the password in the first place, if all the options for entering the password are deactivated in the compiled e-book.

Posted on: 1:17 am on August 2, 2003
EBookCompiler You'll have to answer John Dodson about that, but maybe he means Ctrl+K or he adds a link to prompt for the password in the page??

Posted on: 3:52 pm on August 13, 2003
gistutor I started to use an invisible 3x3 image somewhere in the unlocked pages that links to ##ENTERPASSWORD(). This made it possible for some users to enter the password as there was a problem with the sequence of purchase --> getting their PWD --> entering the PWD

Not quite secure but hard to find, if you change the place for that image regularly :-)

E. Lorup

Posted on: 10:13 am on August 27, 2003

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