A software license key is a pattern of numbers and/or letters provided to licensed users of a software program. License keys are typically created and delivered via a license generator once a software user has paid for the software and has agreed to the conditions of use and distribution as legally specified in the software license (also known as an End-User License Agreement, or EULA).
From a software developer standpoint, the purpose of license keys is to prevent the developer’s software from being copied, shared or otherwise illegally used (aka pirated) by non-licensed users. A separate class of software apps known as keygens (short for key generators) has been created with the purpose of bypassing the legal product registration and license key activation process by generating counterfeit license keys.
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- license generator
Software, programming code or a Web-based service designed to generate random license keys for software developers to provide licensed users as a way of protecting their software from being used illegally (aka pirated). Some software license generators can also perform additional licensing tasks such as license key delivery, management and verification. A license key created […]
- guest wireless network
A wireless router (or Wi-Fi router) feature that is designed to allow users to easily grant “visitor” access to your wireless Internet connection. Your visitors will get their own SSID to connect to, and you can isolate it from your main network to make sure that outsiders don’t have access to your local network resources, […]
- Big Data
Big data is a buzzword, or catch-phrase, used to describe a massive volume of both structured and unstructured data that is so large it is difficult to process using traditional database and software techniques. In most enterprise scenarios the volume of data is too big or it moves too fast or it exceeds current processing […]
A highly advanced and stealthy form of malware that targets backdoor exploits in Web servers like Apache, nginx and lighttpd. Linux/CDorked is one of the first strains of malware to reside entirely in memory, leaving little to no trace of itself on an infected server’s hard drives. According to an ESET security researcher in an […]
- micro server
A micro server (may also be written as microserver or MicroServer) is a small server appliance that works like a server. Micro servers are off-the-shelf appliances that are designed for ease of installation and maintenance. A micro server will come with the operating system, hardware and software preinstalled and configured by the manufacturer. Some configuration […]