Certain license types that
we offer may use BYOD copy protection to unlock
the software. BYOD stands for "Bring your own device/disk/dongle".
You select a
storage device that you already own and have readily
available when you order the software. That device will act as a key and must be attached locally to the computer
where you wish to run the software to unlock it, similar to a regular dongle.
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 delays in transit,
problems at customs, or loss in the postal mail system.
As your key device you could choose
a large external USB hard disk, serving as a storage location
for data that you acquire on site and a substitute for a dongle
at the same time, and can contain the software itself as well,
all in one, requiring only 1 free USB port. A very portable
For work in your own office, the software may be installed on
several of your computers at the same time even if you only own a
single license, for your convenience. While the key device is
attached to a given machine, the software is executable on that
machine. A USB stick can be quickly exchanged
between different computers and would be very suitable in this
scenario, an internal hard disk/SSD obviously not so much.
The same key device may hold
multiple licenses. Useful if the software is run by multiple
users at a time on the same computer, e.g. a terminal server.
The software does not need
Internet access to authenticate the license.
Same full forensic feature set
as the dongle-based version of the software. Functionality 100% identical, 100% compatibility.
(But different download.)
Certain organizations with
high security sensibilities do not need to trust/test additional
hardware such as the regular USB dongles.
Start & Go (simultaneous
execution of the software on multiple computers with just 1 key
device) available for certain
licenses types (details here).
Your key device becomes an
object of value. If you lose it or if it malfunctions within the
first 2 1/2 months into a newly purchased annual license, you
can select a new key device 2 1/2 months after the purchase of
the license. Additionally, for a 2-year license you can select a
new key device when the 1st year has passed. And you can select a new key device
when you renew your license. But otherwise no replacement is possible,
you won't be able to use the software any more if your key
device malfunctions or is lost. And you cannot simply choose a different key device
change your mind! Please mark your key device clearly and take
good care of it! In a sense, the risk is already
limited by the fact that we offer BYOD only for non-perpetual
Which devices can be used and
how it works
Most internal hard disks/SSDs.
(A RAID is not a hard disk. The simulated main storage device in a
virtual machine is not a hard disk either.)
Most large external hard disks
directly attached via USB.
Many current USB stick
models, for example of
these brands: SanDisk, Imation,
Kingston, Intenso, TDK, Verbatim, Toshiba, Sony, I-O DATA, Buffalo, ADATA,
PNY (models Mini-Mobile Design and Brick), Patriot
Supersonic/Xporter, Transcend JetFlash
(370 and 530 and probably others), HP v165w, Lexar JumpDrive,
Lexar JumpDrive FireFly. The following models for example are
known to be incompatible: HP v225w, Team Group S112.
The device must have at least one
drive letter assigned to it. To make sure that a particular
device that you have is accepted by the software for BYOD, before
the purchase (to avoid unpleasant surprises!), please execute WinHex
or X-Ways Forensics (for example just the evaluation version of WinHex,
downloadable from here),
explicitly as administrator,
and hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard while clicking the version
number in the upper right corner of the main window. You will be
shown a list of devices that are most likely suitable that are currently
attached to your system. Select your favorite and click OK. If a
device ID is shown, the device is suitable! (when connected to the
computer that way, very possibly not when connected in another way, for
example through a different bus type or when put through to a
virtual machine) If your favorite device is not listed, or if
no device is shown, then it is not suitable.
You can copy the
device ID and after your purchase is confirmed need to paste it on a
web page, when prompted. In return, a license file will be produced that you need
to save on your key device as per the instructions (very easy). You can only choose 1 key device per
The license types that use BYOD
are available to certain