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 for
one license 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
As your key device you could
choose an internal hard disk/SSD, so that you don't need any
free USB port.
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 also hold
multiple licenses. That is 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. The key device does
not need to have Internet access either. Only with your web
browser (on a different computer if you prefer) you will need
Internet access for a few seconds. The only data transmitted to
us at that occasion is a 26-digit hexadecimal code = the
ID of your key device (see below). This process usually needs to
be repeated regularly (see below).
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. Please mark it clearly and take good care of
it. If you lose it or if it malfunctions, then you
have a problem, as you will not be able to use the software any
more for a while. The risk is limited because the key device is
activated only for a limited time. When you start using the
storage device as a BYOD key device, we let you decide for how
many months it should be activated: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 or more months
(the first time 3 at most). At the
end of each such sub-period you can activate the same device
again or choose a different device, but only then! You
cannot choose a different device during the period for which the
original device was activated!
Which devices can be used and
how it works
Most internal hard disks and 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
customers only. An old version of these specifications for purchases
before Feb 22, 2017 is here.