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Registration Seminar

 Protect your database with forced user registration. Part 1


In this Microsoft Access tutorial you will learn how to protect your Access database so you can give or sell it to others, and they will be required to register their copy of the database with you. This prevents theft and piracy, and protects your intellectual property. Topics include:

- Discussion of database security concepts and our registration scheme
- How to create a startup form that autoruns when the database opens
- How to read and write values to the Windows Registry for a specific user
- Generating random numbers and developing a security key algorithm
- Timing out registrations after a specific time period. Great for subscriptions

Click here to watch the first full lesson of the Seminar in our Online Theater:


Access Registration Seminar, Part 1
Description: Learn how to protect your Access database with forced user registration.
Versions: I use Access 2013, however most of the material covered should work fine with most versions of Access.
Pre-Requisites: This course requires the techniques covered in the Access Security Seminar. Otherwise, any user can easily bypass your registration requirements.
Running Time: 50 Minutes
Cost: $89.99 - Order multiple courses to receive a discount up to 50% off


Here's What You'll Learn

The purpose of this seminar is to teach you how to protect your database with forced user registration. If you want to distribute your database (sell or give it away) but you don't want others sharing it, you can use the technique in this seminar to force each user to have to call you to get a registration code unique to their computer.

You will learn how to create a startup form that runs when Access loads your database. You will need to use the concepts taught in the pre-requisite course - the Access Security Seminar - in order to prevent users from bypassing your startup form and getting to your VBA code. Once this form runs, it will check to see if the database is registered on this PC or not. If not, the user will be prompted to enter a registration code that they can only get by calling you.

We will store the user information in the Windows Registry to make it unique for each PC the database is installed on. You will learn how to read and write values to/from the Registry for each specific user. You will also learn how to generate random numbers to use for security keys, and we will develop a specific, custom algorithm for your security scheme. Your database will prompt the user with a key number, they will have to call you, and you will give them the counter key.

security key


You will also learn how to time out the user's registration after a specific period of time, so if you want to lease or rent your database as a monthly or annual subscription, this will force the user to have to call back in to re-register whenever their time is up. 

If you want to be able to protect your database from theft or piracy, this is the perfect seminar for you. You will learn everything mentioned above. You will have access to the full database that we build in class with all of these features. If you have any question whether this seminar is right for you, please feel free to contact me.


Access Registration Seminar

00. Intro (3:42)

01. Lesson 1 (10:46)
Registration Discussion
Security Topics
Startup Form
Form Open Event
The Windows Registry

02. Lesson 2 (10:26)
GetSetting from Registry
SaveSetting to Registry
MsgBox Command
InputBox Command
Quit Command

03. Lesson 3 (11:45)
Random Number Generator
Checking Counter Key

04. Lesson 4 (8:42)
Timing Out Registration
Annual Subscriptions
DateAdd Function

05. Review (5:26)



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