With the release of PADS VX.0, the Aladdin USB (9-) hardware key is now the only supported dongle. We began dongle discontinuations a few years ago and they have trickled out release by release. The PADS VX.0 is a major release and customers using older dongles who wish to run the latest version will need to request a replacement key.
Please see our Hardware Key (Dongle) Discontinuations and Replacement FAQ for more information.
Customers running older releases can continue to run with the older dongles provided they are on a supported platform.