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Controlling illegal copies of software

What type of safeguard can be used to control illegal copies of software on the LANs.

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There are number of softwares in the market focusing on Anti-Piracy and Asset Management. Products like KeyServer, License Broker, McAfee ServiceDesk and SentinelTrack do a great job in restricting illegal copying of the software on a network along with providing License management and system audits. Apart from the above solution, make sure to have a well-defined and strictly implemented Computer/Network usage Policy. Also, it's a good practice to:
  • Force restrictive access system policy for users.
  • Display legal banners on network logons.
  • Never grant local admin rights on the machines.
  • Use Systems Management software for Hardware/Software inventory and software distributions.
  • Restrict users from downloading softwares from the Internet.

    This was first published in October 2002

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