Very smart move.
So if your laptop gets stolen, you'll have a lot of passwords to change. One of them is your iLok account, and then Yes, your licenses are protected. If the hardware key was plugged in when the creep stole the laptop (maybe you were running Melodyne which requires the dongle), just login from another PC, deactivate the stick and you're protected.Isn't it "automatically" confirmed that when you have iLok cloud-based licenses (free from USB-dongles), there is nothing to be broken or stolen? I don't know, I mean what could go wrong?
We have some important announcements to make. You can read the post from our CEO, Herb Tucmandl, here in our forum: https://www.vsl.co.at/community/posts/t57384-Moving-from-eLicenser-to-iLok#post302591
Please note that the official discussion will happen at the VSL forum.
Here a copy of Herb Tucmandl's announcement:
It is my pleasure to announce that we’re starting to prepare the move to a new license management platform.
eLicenser has served us well during many years, but we’re also well aware of some limitations of the platform that we want to overcome for our customers and for us.
Thus we’re currently preparing the transition of all of our products to PACE’s iLok license management solution. This will take some time, but we’d like to let you know as early as possible that many new options in license handling will be available to our customers in the future, and that the entire process of purchasing and activating products will be streamlined and improved.
To make the entire migration as easy and hassle-free for our customers (and for us , here are a few key facts we’d like to share that early in the process:
• FREE TRANSITION: Moving your licenses from the eLicenser to the iLok platform will be free of charge for you.
• CHOICE OF KEY OR CLOUD: You will be able to choose if you’d like to store your VSL licenses on the iLok hardware key or in the iLok Cloud without using a hardware key.
• COMPATIBILITY: Under the iLok system, you will still be able to open existing projects as long as the eLicenser is connected. Once the project has been saved again, the eLicenser will no longer be required.
• CONTINUED SERVICE: You’ll be able to continue to use the ViennaKey/eLicenser USB key and the eLicenser Control Center for as long as the eLicenser Control Center is working on your computers’ operating systems. Your licenses are safe and perpetual. Steinberg will keep the eLicenser license server available as long as possible, so you’ll be able to move licenses between eLicenser USB keys and will receive replacement licenses in case of damage, theft or loss of your eLicenser key (for free if you have a valid Vienna Protection Plan) well beyond the time when the iLok system is already available to you.
We’ll be able to provide more information later this year. Before you ask, at this time we don’t know when exactly we’ll be able to start moving licenses to the iLok platform, but you’ll be the first to know as we move along in the process.
What’s more, we’re now offering ViennaKeys at a substantial discount, and we’ll include a free €20 voucher with every ViennaKey order in our web shop.
Best wishes from Vienna,
As far as I have read so far, they will give all their existing (and future) customers the option to keep their licenses inside a physical USB dongle (if they want to), but this will not be required (as already is the case with most iLok libraries and plug-ins).So if your laptop gets stolen, you'll have a lot of passwords to change. One of them is your iLok account, and then Yes, your licenses are protected. If the hardware key was plugged in when the creep stole the laptop (maybe you were running Melodyne which requires the dongle), just login from another PC, deactivate the stick and you're protected.
If VSL and Steinberg are going to require a licensing system and are ready to change, iLok is a great choice.
If on the iLok the licenses are secure, even in the event of a hardware failure, meaning something like the Vienna Protection Plan will get obsolete, I could start buying VSL Libraries again. This is not a good move ... for my wallet.for free if you have a valid Vienna Protection Plan
You already have this - unless you have the same license duplicated across your computer, iLok, eLicenser, another machine, etc. eLicenser was a poor alternative to iLok. Not everybody uses iLok (see Kontakt where most libraries are). Having eLicenser companies migrate to iLok does not create a single point of failure in terms of work - just simplifies things for users.Yeeeeeah, single point of failure is such a great thing!
That is a thing, at the industry level, seems slightly less of a thing for any individual.Yeeeeeah, single point of failure is such a great thing!