We are happy to announce the long awaited latest release of SOLO Server – Build 220.127.116.11.
The primary goal of this build was to extend the security improvements which were started in previous builds while also addressing concerns raised by our customers along the way. Before we discuss the security improvements in this build of SOLO Server, let’s first look at some other exciting new features.
Although many customers enjoy the benefits of an integrated eCommerce solution by using the SOLO Server shopping cart, we recognize that our primary focus has always been Electronic License Activation and Electronic License Management. We have always had several options for integrating SOLO Server with 3rd party shopping carts. Although we have had a partnership with FastSpring eCommerce for quite some time, we recently strengthened this relationship by further integrating the FastSpring shopping cart with SOLO Server for both one-time purchases as well as subscription purchases. To learn more about how to configure FastSpring to communicate with SOLO Server see this manual topic.
To better understand considerations when choosing an eCommerce option, see our new blog post Choosing an eCommerce System for selling your Licensed Applications.
It has always been possible to customize the templates used to display customer-facing areas of SOLO Server, including the Shopping Cart and Customer License Portal. Although both areas used a similar process, different administration menu options were used to configure the templates.
Some of our customers choose to prepay their SOLO Server monthly service fees. We have automated this process to make it easier for our bookkeeping staff to track prepaid customers as well as have allowed prepaid customers to easily see the credit they have left on their account. When logging into the administration interface and going to Authors / Author Home, prepaid customers will soon see a line like Credit Left: $99.99 under the Plan & Fee Details section.
In SOLO Server build 18.104.22.168, we introduced the concept of Activation Password. Although the Customer Password can still be used for software activation (for backwards compatibility), the Activation Password introduced a new way for customer service representatives to assist customers with software activation without the need to know the customer’s password (which is often a sensitive piece of information). One small change in this build of SOLO Server is that we are uppercasing the Activation Password to make it easier to identify the characters used for this field. The software activation process does not treat the Activation Password as a case sensitive value, so the user can enter it in either upper or lower case.
We understand and appreciate that many of our customers have deployed solutions in unique ways using the License ID and Customer Password. While we have been making security improvements to the way customer passwords have been stored in SOLO Server, we have also received great customer feedback. We believe that this build of SOLO Server has a solution that improves security while maintaining compatibility for most software publishers using SOLO Server as the activation platform.
This provides the customer password security necessary to protect all parties involved – SoftwareKey.com, our customers (you), and your customers.
Read the full release notes.
Feel free to contact us with any questions you have.
Mike Wozniak is one of the co-founders of SoftwareKey.com and responsible for marketing, content and product strategy. When he isn't plotting new ways to help customers solve licensing and business automation challenges, he likes to travel and entertain guests who come to visit the Orlando area. He also writes most of the licensing tips here.
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