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X-Ways BYOD+

Certain license types that we offer may use BYOD+ copy protection to unlock the software, an extension of BYOD for the virtual machine/cloud computing/always online age. BYOD+ means you can either use the regular BYOD or get the software unlocked with an Internet connection. Still experimental and supported only in the latest version 19.3. Availability and pricing subject to change.

With BYOD+ you can select our web server as a means to unlock the software, like an online key device. That means the software requires Internet access while running to get and stay unlocked. Only program-specific data is sent to the web server: Program name, version, session identification, license identification. On the way from the web server to you only data to unlock full functionality in the software is sent. The total amount of data transferred in and out is very small. 

  

Advantages

  • You can start using the software immediately, typically within minutes after placing your order online (depending on your payment method), and do not need to wait for a dongle to arrive by postal mail days or weeks later. (Courier service still takes a few days and costs extra.)

  • No risk of additional delays in transit, problems at customs, or loss in the postal mail system.

  • Global access! If your company has multiple offices, perhaps in different countries, any of your colleagues can use the software, worldwide, whenever needed*, as no physical token is required that can only exist at one location at a time and takes some days to send around.

  • You can unlock and run the software in virtual machines, especially those to whose host machines you do not have physical access, i.e. into which you cannot insert any USB devices, in particular also virtual machines run by cloud services.

  • You can unlock and run the software in an operating system where locally attached storage devices are not available as key devices for BYOD, for example under Linux in Wine (still testing), or if simply no suitable devices are found.

  • At regular intervals you can change your mind and switch from BYOD+ to regular BYOD and back. Possible intervals are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 or 12 months. (Your choice, the first time 3 months at most.)

  • Same full forensic feature set as the dongle-based version of the software. Functionality 100% identical, 100% compatibility. (But different download.)

  • No risk of dongle loss! You cannot possibly lose your key device or dongle because there is none.  

Disadvantage

  • The software requires Internet access. Uptime of the web server that unlocks the software is not guaranteed to be 100%, but very close to it.

How to check whether BYOD+ is technically available to you

  1. Execute WinHex or X-Ways Forensics (for example just the evaluation version of WinHex, downloadable from here). It must be v19.3 or newer.

  2. Hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click the version number in the upper right corner of the main window.

  3. You will probably be shown a list of locally attached storage devices in the “BYOD” section (this will work only if you have run the program specifically as administrator) and the X-Ways web server in the “BYOD+” section. You select the web server and click OK. If and only if a device ID is shown, BYOD+ is available at that time with your current Internet connectivity!

No cheating allowed

*It goes without saying that although the software can be used at any location worldwide, still with 1 license only 1 user may unlock the software on 1 machine at a time (1 or more instances). Violations will be detected fully automatically and may lead to license revocation. Leasing not permitted.