Sunday, November 13, 2011

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Encrypting ActiveDen Files

Posted: 13 Nov 2011 01:22 PM PST

One of our primary concerns on ActiveDen, as well as the rest of the sites, is the security of your files. In fact, we have a group specifically dedicated to pirate hunting! That’s one of the reasons we’ve always encrypted files on ActiveDen. Tools like secureSWF and SWFEncrypt can really help prevent people from decompiling your files.

Unfortunately, there are some issues with ActiveDen reviewers doing the file encryption. Most importantly, file encryption isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing. You really need to play with the settings to find the perfect balance between functionality and security for each individual file. That’s fine except that reviewers could never have the intimate knowledge of your file that you do. Sometimes a feature will break with encryption and the reviewer won’t even notice. That can be very frustrating for both authors and buyers. Some files take 3 tries before we get them to work which, unfortunately, slows down the queues and everyone in them.

Though it won’t be required, encryption will now be the responsibility of the author. This will not only speed up the queues, but also allow people to customize encryption settings to match each file.

Effective date: November 28th

For authors who don’t already have encryption software, I strongly suggest secureSWF. The ActiveDen team tried out a lot of software and this had the best balance between speed and security. They’ve been kind enough to offer a 25% discount to ActiveDen authors.

25% discount code: AD25

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