Locked-Area.com began developing OpenCrypt in 2002 and proudly announced the initial release in 2005. Locked-Area.com was started in 1999 to distribute the software, Locked Area. Locked Area is a piece of user management/password protection software written in Perl for use on Internet web sites which allows the owner of a web site to setup a secure content area on their web site. Using the software the web site owner can then allow visitors to register to access the secure content area. This is very useful if for example, they would like to know who is accessing their web site content. OpenCrypt was released as an advanced alternative to Locked Area, intended to offer a comprehensive range of new options and facilities for the web site owner, including the option to charge web site visitors to access their content. This has proven very popular due to declines in profits from Internet advertising.
OpenCrypt is user management and membership software which enables you to manage all of your user management, online shopping and e-commerce tasks with one centralised management system.
What makes OpenCrypt unique is how it brings together all of your web site functions and tools into one system, enabling you to manage your users, ecommerce, content, affiliates, helpdesk, surveys and more with one software package.
The advantages of using a centralised system are endless, for example when using the OpenCrypt helpdesk you are immediately shown relevant account details and product purchases when a customer contacts you, and can even see exactly what content they've viewed on your web site. Having this information available immediately not only improves your efficiency, but also the quality of your service.
How does it work?
OpenCrypt is written in a programming language called Perl. Perl is widely known as "the duct-tape of the Internet" and is very popular for any web site based task which for example, requires a great deal of data processing. OpenCrypt also uses a system known as Apache .htaccess Authentication to help password protect secure content areas. This is an authentication system which is part of the Apache Web Server which is currently the most popular web server software for use on the Internet. OpenCrypt also uses PHP for a wide-range of optional/additional content interfaces and offers a PHP login interface as an alternative to the traditional pop-up login method. Using a combination of Perl, PHP and HTML, OpenCrypt provides a simple system for web site membership management.