April 10, 2002 11:10PM
edited January 2014
Can they (Microsoft or Adobe or etc) tell if I am using an ‘evaluation’ copy of their softwares? What if I use them only while I am off-line?
Reply 1 of 8
April 11, 2002 8:52AM
No, they cannot tell if you're using it offline. I think that the version you're using will expire sometime though.
Reply 2 of 8
April 11, 2002 10:06AM
Just hit "no" when the programs ask if you want to register on-line, and you should be fine. Far as I know, Adobe and MS don't include spyware in their programs to monitor unregistered copies. At least, not yet...
Remember, it's only paranoia if it isn't true.
Reply 3 of 8
April 11, 2002 11:25AM
Adobe and Macromedia both will contact their home servers if you are online and will log your IP and serial number.
You have been warned...
Reply 4 of 8
April 11, 2002 1:00PM
[quote]Originally posted by starfleetX:
<strong>Adobe and Macromedia both will contact their home servers if you are online and will log your IP and serial number.
You have been warned...</strong><hr></blockquote>
The question is: does that matter?
Reply 5 of 8
April 11, 2002 2:11PM
I think if that really meant something, the posting population on these boards would be quite a bit smaller...
Reply 6 of 8
April 11, 2002 3:22PM
It might matter; it might not.
They may not pursue and press charges today, but what if they do tomorrow?
That's why I said he'd been "warned"...
of us use tightly-configured firewalls to make sure absolutely nothing goes out or comes in without permission. That's why I *know* Adobe and Macromedia software tries to contact their home servers upon launch; I have logs of each time they are blocked.
By the way, Microsoft Office v.X doesn't contact a server, but it does check the network for running copies and will not launch if a copy with the same serial number is already running. Adobe's software does the same thing.
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Reply 7 of 8
April 11, 2002 8:04PM
I have pirated versions of Flash 5 and Photoshop 6. Nobody has knocked on my door yet.
Reply 8 of 8
April 11, 2002 8:05PM
FYI, Macromedia started their logging with the betas of MX.