Flash Security Software Walkthrough to Secure Flash Files
This is an overview of how publishers create secure flash files and administer customers and licenses.
For a more detailed description on using the Flashguard Secure Flash Writer please refer to the product
CLICK HERE for a visual representation of how Flashguard SWF Security works.
If you are evaluating Flashguard Flash Security,
you need to follow all the steps on this page, including creating a customer account for yourself on the administration system so that you can view your secure flash files. Failure to do so will result in you not being able to view the secure flash files you have protected.
STEP 1: Download and install Flashguard Secure SWF Writer
The latest software can be downloaded from here. Once you have downloaded the software, double-click on the .exe file to install it.
STEP 2: Register Flashguard Secure SWF Writer
Before you can start using the Secure SWF Writer software you must first register it. YOU NEED TO EMAIL US FOR A LICENSE CODE so we can create
an account for you on our licensing system. The license file required for registration will then be emailed to you.
Click on the license file link and select the 'Open It' option. The Writer software will automatically connect to the Internet to register your license.
This will start the registration process and confirm your publisher record in the
administration system. A message dialog confirms successful registration. You are now ready to start protecting flash files.
STEP 3: Secure your flash files
Right-click on one or more SWF files in Windows File Explorer to start the process of protecting them. The dialog in step 4 will then be displayed.
Set SWF file usage controls
Select the appropriate file access rights from the tabbed dialog. For detailed use, please refer to the product manual or use the help feature in each tab.
NOTE: If you select more than one SWF file to protect then the Publish All button will be available.
When you select the Publish button your SWF files are encrypted and the flash file usage and access controls are applied. You will end up with encrypted copies of your SWF files that have a .pfd file extension.
STEP 5: Generate user licenses
Once you have protected your flash files you need to create customer/user accounts
on the administration system. Even the person protecting flash files needs a user account to view them.
1. Off the Windows Start > All Programs > LockLizard > Lizard Flashguard > SWF Writer menu select the Administration System to start generating user licenses.
This opens up a web page where you enter user names and email addresses by selecting the Create
option in the left hand column of the Customer Accounts section.
2. Enter your name, email address, the number of licenses you require (1 license = 1 computer installation), and an end date (if you want the account to expire) or the unlimited button (if you don't want the account to expire). Then select the Add customer
3. The licensing system will automatically send an email - LockLizard Flashguard Viewer Registration - to the email address you have entered above that contains the download details for the Secure Flash Player software and a license file to register. See below for more details.
4. Depending on the File Access method you selected (All Customers, Individual Access, or a Publication) you may have to grant yourself access to the SWF files you protected. If you selected 'All Customers'
then you won't have to do this since you are automatically given access.
5. For each user that you want to view your secure flash files you must create a customer account for them.
STEP 6: Send protected flash files to your users / customers
Now you are ready to send your protected SWF (PFD) files to users by email, or you can publish them on CD-ROM, DVD, removable media, etc., or from your web site. You do this just the same as you would with any other
type of file.
Secure Flash Player Walkthrough to View Secure SWF Files
This section explains how users/customers view secure flash files. For a detailed description on using the Flashguard Secure Flash Player please refer to the product manual.
Once you have created a customer account on the administration system, the system will automatically email
their license information to them. Users install the Secure Flash Player from the download link in the email and double-click on the license file to register. The Secure Flash Player will automatically connect to the license server, validate the license code and install the necessary decryption keys.
STEP 1: Download and Install Flashguard Secure Flash Player
Once downloaded, double-click on the .exe file to install the software.
STEP 2: Register with the Publisher (flash file owner)
Double-click on the license file (username.fvl) in your email application and select 'Open It' to register.
STEP 3: View the protected flash files
Double-click on the PFD file (secure
SWF file) in Windows File Explorer.
The protected flash file is transparently decrypted and displayed in the Secure Flash Player.
Once registered, any other files you are allowed to access will be transparently decrypted and displayed in the Secure Flash Player - this process
is totally transparent - you won't even realize they are encrypted.
Decryption keys are transparently relayed to the client computer if you have been given access to view a protected flash file. If you have not been given access to a protected flash file then you will not be able to view it. Instead, a dialog box will be displayed with the publisher (flash owner) contact details.
Flash file usage controls are enforced by the Secure Flash Player and cannot be circumvented.
Details of when the account expires and when the flash file expires (if at all) are displayed at the bottom of the Secure Flash Player.
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