Securenetshop shopping cart supports downloadable products.
Don't ask me why but I never thought to look at the actual HTML coding of a site that offers this! I didn't realize that it was a simple <a href> code connected to a zip file! I'll take a look at the cart you mentioned because I'm not sure if Mal's has this capability or not. Thanks!
Beware of using a fixed vanilla <href> link - it's an invitation to fraud. It only has to be posted on some hacker site somewhere, or emailed around, and the whole world can download your goods without paying.
You really need a system that uses obfuscated links that change for each order, and can be set to expire after a set period. I only know of one off-the-shelf solution that offers this kind of security - though I would be interested to know if there is another.
[edited by: tedster at 4:56 am (utc) on Jan. 8, 2004]
My company also offers time controlled, "below root" file linking for downloadable goods via our ecommerce software. So there is more than one :)
[edited by: tedster at 4:58 am (utc) on Jan. 8, 2004]
There's a company called ealaddin that bought the internet startup I used to work for. They can package any digital content for secure distribution and unlocking, and can also add a try and buy splash screen to just about any program. Basically the user downloads an encrypted file and gets an unlock key from the server... much better than having a password protected link or something...
OSCommerce has a decent download manager if you're looking at paid downloads.
Also, you can look at putting a random password into a zip file using a perl script or renaming a file and copying it to a download directory if you're looking for some easy solutions.
Heres an easy to use HTML encyrptor that can hide you download link. Pretty simplistic but might work.
Both Clickbank and 2Checkout offer secure ways to redirect customers to a downloadable product after payment.
Thanks for all the suggestions. Has anyone had any luck with PayloadZ? I was wondering if it would work with Mal's?
Clickbank does not offer any security for the download file--you have to handle all that yourself. If you don't make it secure, it is not secure.