Hey there @rmai
This is just my 2cts comment & thoughts about your concern and in case you’re really thinking of reselling your Kick 2 Plug In, this should be addressed to support anyway. Reselling/refund request should be addressed to S.A via mail or support ticket.
Now that said, here are some points I would like to highlight :
First thing first, don’t you have a backup/copy of your original Kick 2 v1.05 version on your system ?
The key file is still available to download from your account, so uninstalling the latest version and getting back to previous v1.05 is still an available option. Let us know if you don’t have a v1.05 backup.
It was announced with the Beta that you can use Offline Activation too, so once that done, you could simply put Kick 2 into a Firewall app and have it to refuse connections if this makes you feel more secure.
Next to that, don’t forget that further releases are still under development and therefore the “Connected Features” can still be improved in future releases and bypass function for those is still an option I suppose. I assume that S.A will surely take into account the feedback they receive from their customers on this point.
- My final point is about being so upset about this new plug in behavior & afraid of the future ? Of course I can understand the concern about a plain system integrity & security, but what I just mean by that is that we’re in an era of cloud files, decentralized applications, automated updates… just to name a few and this is not going to stop, it’s actually just going to increase in fact.
Think about Plug Ins, Daws and even Midi controllers & Audio Interfaces firmware… So should I name just a few like Native Instruments, Arturia, Fx pansion, Avid, Ableton, Presonus , UAD ?? ( a very few indeed !! ) but well, let’s face it : installation managers, authorization process, software & firmware updates are all happening online now, and even if people kind of “dislike it” at some point, they got used to it, started to find it convenient for the sake of management and gain of time, and even if not everybody is totally happy with it, it’s the way things are and will be more and more.
The market itself & the available technology is dictating this and it soon will make no sense to have this completely isolated computer running your audio products like we were aiming at in the past, we have to move on at some point.
Again, just my own point & reflection here, trying to make you feel more confident and optimistic about the future and what it could brings instead of only seeing the potential security breach & problems… But yes, it’s an all topic by itself, I know.
PS : I can see a reply from S.A while I’m typing this, so if you need a link to older v1.05 and prefer keep using this version, just let us know.