5 Replies Latest reply on Sep 10, 2006 11:16 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Stop flv downloads

    Hawkie1234 Level 1
      Hi,
      Is there a way to stop people from entering the address in the address bar to some FLV files and then downloading them?
        • 1. Re: Stop flv downloads
          Level 7
          Hawkie1234,

          > Is there a way to stop people from entering the address
          > in the address bar to some FLV files and then
          > downloading them?

          How are they finding out the URL? If a SWF calls FLVs from some
          location on your server, that information wouldn't (necessarily) be visible
          unless they went to the effort of decompiling your file.

          In any event, I believe the only way to avoid direct downloads is by
          using a streaming server product, such as Flash Media Server.


          David Stiller
          Adobe Community Expert
          Dev blog, http://www.quip.net/blog/
          "Luck is the residue of good design."


          • 2. Re: Stop flv downloads
            Hawkie1234 Level 1
            quote:

            Originally posted by: Newsgroup User
            Hawkie1234,

            > Is there a way to stop people from entering the address
            > in the address bar to some FLV files and then
            > downloading them?

            How are they finding out the URL? If a SWF calls FLVs from some
            location on your server, that information wouldn't (necessarily) be visible
            unless they went to the effort of decompiling your file.

            In any event, I believe the only way to avoid direct downloads is by
            using a streaming server product, such as Flash Media Server.


            David Stiller
            Adobe Community Expert
            Dev blog, http://www.quip.net/blog/
            "Luck is the residue of good design."





            The FLV's get downloaded to the cache, and from there the user can read the URL. Im not using a streaming server product.
            • 3. Re: Stop flv downloads
              Level 7
              > The FLV's get downloaded to the cache, and from
              > there the user can read the URL.

              Gotcha. Of course, if they already have the file in their cache, it
              makes no difference if they no the URL or not.

              > Im not using a streaming server product.

              Then you're offering files for download, which means people can get
              them -- already *have* them -- just the same as any of your SWFs, HTML
              files, JPGs, GIFs, and the like. It's the nature of the way the web works.


              David Stiller
              Adobe Community Expert
              Dev blog, http://www.quip.net/blog/
              "Luck is the residue of good design."


              • 4. Re: Stop flv downloads
                Rothrock Level 5
                David you are correct about it not mattering if they have the URL if it is already in the cache, but on the Mac with Safari at least it is also very easy to get the URL of any externally loaded asset.

                In the Activity window every externally requested URL is shown. Just cut and paste.

                And as far as I know the streaming server product ($$$) is the only way to keep things like that secure.
                • 5. Re: Stop flv downloads
                  Level 7
                  Rothrock,

                  > David you are correct about it not mattering if they
                  > have the URL if it is already in the cache, but on the
                  > Mac with Safari at least it is also very easy to get
                  > the URL of any externally loaded asset.

                  Interesting. Firefox does the same thing on PC (and presumably on Mac)
                  for files specified in the HTML document -- but that activity window sounds
                  cool. Thanks for the tip!

                  > And as far as I know the streaming server product
                  > ($$$) is the only way to keep things like that secure.

                  Heh ... ditto on the dollar signs. Flash Media Server is expensive.


                  David Stiller
                  Adobe Community Expert
                  Dev blog, http://www.quip.net/blog/
                  "Luck is the residue of good design."