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Morals question about a new web tool we built.is it good or evil?

Msg#: 4275077 posted 4:28 am on Mar 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

I have a moral question about a piece of software we are thinking of releasing.

Basically my little band of programmers have created a new tool designed specifically for webmasters / programmers etc. It allows the user to re-access a clients website to reclaim their work (files or DB) should a less than honest client lock them out and not pay. Our tool give access to your work even if they have changed passwords (hosting, FTP, PHP MySQL etc)

Of course the more careful of you that only work on your own servers until paid (recommended) are thinking "whats the point" but there are instances when the work is paid for and handed over and then the check bounces or the dreaded credit card charge back.

We are hoping our tool tips the balance back in the webmaster's favor.

So why am i telling you this? and no its not cheesy attempt to promote our product, thats why the name of the product isn't here, plus its not even available yet. The reason for this post is to ask web professionals their thoughts...are we encouraging hacking? or helping the web community stop getting ripped off?

Our lawyer says we are doing nothing illegal with the tool, but i was curious what forum members thought.





Msg#: 4275077 posted 12:00 pm on Mar 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

If I were you IO would make sure its ( In crypted )I would not release anything that could be coppied and placed out for Copying and passed through out the NET !
Do you know what I mean ...


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Msg#: 4275077 posted 12:08 pm on Mar 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

From the description, using that tool in some jurisdictions will be a criminal offence.

No difference form breaking down somebody's door without a court order to reclaim property.


Msg#: 4275077 posted 3:04 pm on Mar 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

yes NEO722712 it is 100% encrypted and the license ONLY works on the single doamin you set it up with.

Obviously there are ways around this, but if the prospective "villan user" is that good and goes to all that trouble to "hack" our tool...he could simply just create his own tool....granted the back end is complex, but we didn't reinvent the wheel here.

@ piatkow. great analogy and your right. Thats one of the reasons we are on these forums to get a feel for peoples veiws and also have a lawyer checking everything. We really have not decided on whether to release or not yet.

thanks for the comments guys

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