Secure your Adobe Captivate content

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One of the problems with the swf format that Adobe Captivate (and Adobe Flash) publishes to, is that it is an open format. That means that people can download your files and re-use them for their own purposes. Imagine that you have spent a lot of time and money on developing an E-learning course in Adobe Captivate. After you publish this on your website/intranet/LMS some devious character download the files and publish them on the internet.

With this new component you can avoid that people can play your content on other servers than were you deployed it and even disallow the content to be played locally on a users PC.

Secure allows your to lock your content so that it can only be played on the servers that you specify.

If the content is played locally or on another domain than intended then the Adobe Captivate Project freezes and wont allow the user to view the content. If the content is played on an authorized domain then the users wont notice anything and the content will play as normally.

Click here to see a demonstration of Adobe Captivate content on an allowed server: http://www.cpguru.com/testFiles/CaptivateLock/allow/CaptivateLock.htm

Click here to see a demonstration of Adobe Captivate content on a disallowed server: http://www.cpguru.com/testFiles/CaptivateLock/disallow/CaptivateLock.htm

If you want to download the files for yourself and try to break it feel free. The downloadable files is set so it is only allowed to play on the domain www.captivate4.com. Anything else is not accepted.

Please note that this only works for Adobe Captivate Projects without playbars!

 Download files:

Download Sourcefiles for Captivate Lock Version 1.0

I need to add some more parameters to this file before I make it ready for sale.

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  2. Hi,

    I am quite interested in your Captivate Secure product. I have just 2 questions. You mentioned that the playbar needs to be off for your product to work.

    1)Would the protection work if the first frame had a button that loads the 2nd frame? For example, (www.gmatfix.com/flashcards_verbal.shtml)

    2) Would the protection work if the playbar were OFF in the first frame but ON in the 2nd frame?

    Hope you read this. I’m on a tight deadline :-)
    On flashden, I am user “Rygaar”.

    Thank you

    • Hi Patrick,

      I sent you an email with a more extensive reply.

      As a short note.

      1) Yep it would work.

      2) Yep it would work.

      ;o)

      Another option is to integrate the Captivate Secure code into the playbar that you are using, but it’s a rather complicated process.

  3. Hi Michael,

    I’m interested in your Captivate Secure product, too. Please let me know when you make it available.

    On a related topic, I need code to secure a web page so users can login only if they have a provided password. Do you have any suggestions for resources?

  4. Marion :

    Hi Michael,

    I’m interested in your Captivate Secure product, too. Please let me know when you make it available.

    On a related topic, I need code to secure a web page so users can login only if they have a provided password. Do you have any suggestions for resources?

    Hi Marion,

    The product is available – send me a mail at admin@captivate4.com and I’ll give you some more info.

    As for the weblogin. How secure does it need to be? You could opt for a simple solution using the .htaccess file (google it for references) to secure the content of a specific directory on your server.

    If it is a login system for a website it’s a bit more complex and the .htaccess wouldn’t really be enough. Then it all depends on what type of website and what type of content you are trying to restrict access to.

    /Michael

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