A very small security enhancement has been made for iPhone and iPod Touch applications by Ben Chatelain, developer of the Full Screen Web Browser app who was tired to see his app pirated and available for free everywhere online.

Ben says:

The solution that I came up with is for the app to simply detect whether it has been compromised and to send that data over the wire to our server. All of these simple server pings are logged along with the unique device identifier (UDID) so that illegal usage can be tracked. Then, the server controls a demo period; after 10 runs a message is presented which gives the choice of visiting the Full Screen Web Browser page in the App Store or exiting the app.

Very ingenuous but is this really gonna stop crackers? I doubt it but it is already a first step towards anti-piracy, which I see as a big improvement.

  • DL

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  • dannyswrld

    very nice. zen bound does the same thing. after a bit of use it tells you thanks for trying it to please support secret exit and buy it or remove it from your device.

    will it stop people? no. an hour or so later a patched version running perfectly was released and now everyone can have cracked zen bound.

    i bought it at the end; since i just wanted to try it not keep it for free.

  • T-Will

    I don’t see the point in pirating iPhone apps when most apps are under $5 and well worth the price. If you’re a kid without a credit card, then just load up on iTunes Gift Cards and you’re good to go.

  • Big P

    @ T-will, you may never understand
    @dannyswrld, big UPS for buying an app after trying it.

    If the app store would show us some trusticles and do a try and buy, I think a lot more people would try this.

    Also would the “neuter” function in SBS limit this function?

  • T-Will

    @Big P

    LOL, no I understand where people are coming from, but I always do extensive research on apps (read reviews, watch videos, etc.) before purchasing, so most of my purchases are useful. I admit some have not been though lol (aka iBeer)… ­čśë

  • Shawn

    Who gives a ratts ass. We pay enough for these phones without having to pay a extra 500 dollars for apps if people want to crack them I say thankyou. Go worry about other problems then apps cracked apps.

  • T-Will

    @Shawn

    Yeah you’re right!!! These developers, who spend tens/hundreds/thousands of hours designing and programming apps don’t deserve to be paid for their time because we already spent $300 or more for our phones!!!!!!1111oneoneoneoeneleveneleveneleven

  • JunePhillipines

    to shawn and t-will, that’s not right, buying phone is like buying computer.. factory default, that’s the only thing you paid… but if you want adobe and other applications for your computer… you got to buy them right?

    those $300 or $500 you paid for your phones are for stainless steel, wires, lcd, chips, charger, box, protector case, headset, copyright from phone company. and a special gatepass to wireless telecommunication…

    Come one… Give developers a break (though i’m not a developer) but i just knew the rule!

  • T-Will

    @JunePhillipines

    You missed my sarcasm.

  • Mysteryous dr Bert

    Ur the kindof nigger that makes me sick Ben antipiracy is bs because all apps should be free

  • Ex-developer

    How to comment on that post by Dr. Mysteryououous (or however it was misspelled)? It’s neo-Nazi’s like you that make me sick.

    Anyway. I used to be a developer. I quit, and became a psych instead, when I realised it was better value to develop AND NOT RELEASE since my software was being used by thousands and paid for by none. Perhaps genius’s like Shawn and Dr. M can write better code than me (though I doubt it very much), in less time.

    At the same time, I really disagree with what Ben is doing: I’m not sure if he realises this, but in a number of developed countries throughout the world this little phone-home mechanism is illegal. A number of recent cases have established precedent, and Ben might find himself the recipient of a rather large bill. It rests on the idea that software should do only what it is intended to, and that by utilising the end-users data connection without authority is tantamount to theft.

    Sure, I could have written an anti-piracy payload that scrambled everything on the HDD if someone stole my work… But just because you stole my software it doesn’t give me the right to take ownership of your devices.