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Hardware Dongle

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Hardware Dongle

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A hardware dongle is the materialized instruction component of a software program which is attached to a computer to limit, extend, or modulate the functions and features of a certain program. Proprietary software such as anti-virus or graphic design programs often used dongles to identify authorized licenses via the hardware dongle. Later, when the need for authorization lessens, the dongle become a means for storage or alternative communication methods, like radio.

Shih-Chieh Ilya Li