Monday, October 15, 2012

TIPS60 - Protecting the valuable asset of software serial #'s

Here is another of our videos offering tips and inisights into the business of photography. a transcript of the video is included after the jump.

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TRANSCRIPT:Here a few thoughts on one of the really valuable assets in your business, serial numbers. I'm John Harrington. Serial numbers are a really important part and component of your business. It cannot be stressed enough, if you lose a serial number and you have to do a reinstall at two o'clock in the morning you're in trouble and if you're on deadline your in even more trouble. I strongly encourage you to protect and keep your serial numbers in a secure place. We put three copies of each one of our serial numbers into a file folder in our filing system. Whether that's three copies of the back of the CD-rom case that we got or it's three copies of the email with a highlighter run across the serial number so it reminds us what it is. Keeping a serial number safe and secure is really important when you have to do reinstalls and for upgrades. In addition, you want to place your serial numbers in your address book, on your smart phone, or in your computer so that it's in just one more place where it's easily accessible for you.

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David said...

No mention of 1Password? In addition to being a good Password generator/retriever, It's a great, convenient, secure place to store serials. It has a whole section just for that purpose.

I know what you're thinking: storing serials in an app is pointless if you're rebuilding your computer and don't have that app handy. Well, 1Password also syncs with your mobile device, and stores your information encrypted in Dropbox. So you can get to your serials a number of ways even before you've set up 1Password on your new computer.

Anyway, that's where I store my serials. (I'm not affiliated with 1Password; just a user).

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