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
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, user identification (2
bytes), computer identification (2 bytes). 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.
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.
Different users can conveniently use the same
license, at different times.
Global access! If your company has multiple
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.
If you share a license with
colleagues, you can check online whether the license is
currently in use.
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
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), in a
virtual machine in the cloud, or if
simply no BYOD-compatible local storage devices are available.
At regular intervals of your
choice 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. (The
first time 3 months at most.)
No risk of a physical dongle loss
or theft with our web server as the key device.
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. If there is a
connection problem on your side or our side, the application
will keep trying to reach the web server. Users can abort these
attempts and then will be given a chance to save their work.
How to check whether BYOD+ is
technically available to
or X-Ways Forensics (for example just the evaluation version of WinHex,
downloadable from here). It must be v19.3 or newer.
Hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard
and click the version
number in the upper right corner of the main window.
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!
BYOD+ uses an HTTPS connection to x-ways.net.
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
and may lead to a warning followed by license revocation. Leasing not
permitted. The immediate effect of a license conflict is that the
new user severs the previous user's link with the license file so
that he or she has to discontinue work. There is an up-front warning
when starting up the software if the license was actively used just
a moment ago.