Microcosm was established in London in 1980, moving to Bristol in 1989.
The company has thrived by designing and producing innovative products for PCs. We produced the world's first PC RAM disk in the early '80s, followed by the world's first disk cache for PCs.
In 1989 we produced a totally new type of floppy disk copy protection system that was easy to use but immune to attacks from hackers. In 1995 CopyControl Floppy received the Ziff-Davis award for software excellence. CopyControl Floppy was followed by a succession of copy protection products that provide industrial strength security without hassle. CopyControl UnLock-It (an activation based copy protection system) provided protection for software on any media (including CDROM and the Internet). The KeyCall system enabled these activation codes to be supplied and applied totally automatically via the Internet or linked to an automated online payment system. CopyControl Try-It allowed software developers to supply secure evaluation copies of their software.
These software based copy protection products were augmented by the introduction of hardware copy protection devices (Dinkey Dongles) that maintained the same high level of security by means of a small hardware key that fitted into the user's parallel or USB port. The innovative design of these devices enabled them to be much smaller and less expensive than those of our competitors.
More recently, we have produced a new ground breaking copy protection system (CopyMinder) that is the Holy Grail of software-based copy protection.
Over the years our copy protection products have grown from strength to strength. With over 5000 customers and millions of end-users throughout the world, we know the software protection business better than anyone.
The combination of technical excellence and free, comprehensive technical support direct to the developers has resulted in many sales via recommendations from existing users. What better advertisement could we have?
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