Security is an issue that everyone would want to have and attain — may it be personal security, national security, network security and information security, but in the advanced world of software industry the most vital of things to secure is the intellectual property. It is necessary for every Software Developers to have a solid grasp of intellectual property rights and apply it to the Software Industry.

Software Developers need to have a broad knowledge about their rights to develop and to protect  their product. They have to ensure exclusive ownership, confidentiality of their work to have an advantage in the competitive market.  With the rapid growth of technology, software firms are looking for a simple and cost effective way on how software can be protected.

Now, you might be wondering what could be the most effective, possible way of protecting softwares — is it by using encyrption code which among others is most commonly used by developers as it allows them to decrypt the code or is it much more secured if the developers have a software security through a hardware? Protecting software using codes and license can be effective and more cheaper, however, it may not provide full security that a software needs. Today, encryption system can be hard for people to crack or decode, but the advances in technology and software development could make it effortless for them to pirate the software.

Industry experts agree that the hardware-based protection provides maximum security as it avoids to abuse the software. This hardware protection is known as a dongle or USB hardware key , a device incorporated with the software. It controls the end-user on how to use the software and the end-user’s access to the software is managed by the dongle. Security based upon hardware is more convenient, functional and it is harder to modify.

Whichever security protection you decide to make use of, be sure that it matches your software’s need and you have a good knowledge of how it works and how will it be beneficial for you or your business. And of course, you have to consider the level of security that your software requires.

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