Authenticate SWF files, protect SWF from download, secure flash SWF embedded in your webpage

Authenticating Your SWF File is easy to accomplish with gravitylab’s video hosting CDN. Follow these configuration settings in your Media Control Center :

From the main nav in your media control center at go to Flash -> Advanced Settings -> SWF Verification

You can configure our servers to limit connections to your streams to clients that use a predefined SWF file. Only clients that use the same build of that SWF file will be allowed to play content streamed through the Flash Media Streaming platform. This concept is known as SWF Verification.

Important: SWF Verification requires Adobe AIR or Flash Player or higher.
Note: SWF file authentication is not supported for HTTP Progressive Download.

The purpose of this form of security is to force users to view your streaming content using your SWF file. Thus, it is most useful when you have created a custom SWF file that promotes your brand (e.g., logo, tag line, colors, etc.). This would prevent a malicious entity from streaming your content through a custom SWF file that hides your brand presence.
When setting up SWF Verification, you should keep the following in mind:

• The maximum number of SWF files that can be authenticated is limited to 50. However, you should keep the number of SWF files that will be authenticated to a minimum. This will ensure optimal performance.
• A SWF file may exist in any location that is accessible by our edge servers.
• In order to take advantage of SWF Verification, make sure that you do not use URL redirection when providing the Flash player to your clients. Our servers will only check for the Flash player at the given URL. If it detects a URL redirection, it will not authenticate the Flash player when your clients request it.
• If you plan to stream a live event using an encoder other than Flash Media Live Encoder, then you may need to contact your CDN account manager to authenticate that encoder to our ingest servers.
• It may take up to 15 minutes for changes to SWF Verification to take effect.
• A SWF configuration file (i.e., swfVerification.conf) is stored in a folder called “!fms” on CDN storage. This folder and its contents should not be manually modified or deleted. Doing so may impair the functionality of the SWF Verification feature.

To enable SWF Verification
1. Mark the Enable SWF Verification option and click Save.
2. In the New option, type the URL to the desired SWF file.
3. Click Add.
4. Follow the Check URLs link to verify that the specified URL points to a SWF file. If the Verified column indicates that the SWF file could not be validated at that location, please double-check the URL and make the appropriate changes.

Ready to get started securing SWF embedded video? Get started today with our streaming media hosting services.