A computer expert who specialises in removing protection mechanisms from commercial software
. These protections often limit (cripple
) the software functionality or render the software unoperatable after a certain number of uses or when a expiry date is reached.
This activity is ilegal in many countries because it forces the software developers to increase the price of their products in order to recover lost revenue.
will usually have low level programming
experience and a detailed technical understanding of commercial software protections
Hardware protections are the best defence against crackers because they require great technical expertise to circumvent.