written by Simon

There are three ways to distribute content that has copyright or intellectual property: CD/DVD distribution, USB flash drive distribution, and downloading or streaming through the network.

CD/DVD has been the most popular content distribution media so far because it is relatively cheaper than any other media and good for mass production. CD/DVD has relatively smaller capacity than other media, so it cannot be used for larger multimedia files. CD/DVD should be used for read-only or play-only content since customers cannot to write onto a CD/DVD after distribution. Since laptops no longer have built-in CD/DVD drives, the CD/DVD is disappearing. That is another reason that other means are being substituted for CD/DVD

Downloading or streaming through a network is currently the best means for content distribution. We download a game, music, and movie file from the online marketplaces of Google, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, etc. As long as customers pay for the content, they are generally able to use it anywhere with any device such as a smartphone, tablet, and PC. Downloading or streaming is cost-effective because it doesn’t need a physical medium for content distribution. However, there are certain disadvantages since the content can be shared with those who know the buyer’s account. Downloading and streaming is mostly used for the distribution of multimedia content, games, and software. Large files are not a problem as long as the network bandwidth can accommodate them. Adding and changing content after distribution is also easily done through the network; however, content might not be reachable when offline.

A USB flash drive is also used for content distribution and recognized as the best medium for large files. A USB flash drive enables a two-factor authentication: an authorized user has to have a USB flash drive as physical evidence, as well as a login/password to view content stored on the drive. Thus, a user is prevented from sharing content with an unauthorized person by sharing login information only. Existing USB copy-protection solutions have utilized only the two advantages: the high capacity and the two-factor authentication.

However, a USB flash drive as a medium has another big advantage: we can write on it. If we think about it, a USB flash drive is an ideal way for read/write content. A user can manipulate or edit the distributed content. In other words, we can utilize a USB flash drive just like a hard disk drive in which all functions of the applications supporting the original content are available as long as copy protection works during utilization. For example, we can rotate and check a 3-dimensional object in a CAD program, jump to the other sheet or refer to a function in a cell in a MS Excel file, view animations in a MS Presentation file, or refer to hidden comments in a MS Word file. A USB flash drive is also okay for complicated content with multiple files, such as the content that contains an execution file and multiple files, including a database to which the execution file refers. You do not need to think about changing the format or style from the original content before distribution. Finally, when content needs to be added or changed, the content can be downloaded and updated onto a USB flash drive through the network.

Only Secudrive USB Copy Protection maximizes read/write features of USB flash drives as a medium for content distribution in this industry. If you need to distribute large, confidential marketing or technical material to your branches and partners, Secudrive USB Copy Protection is the best in terms of production, delivery, cost, and security.