We decided this for multiple reasons:
- Prevent download spam.
- More personalized features for the user, both now and in the future with more additions.
- Better control & moderating from our end.
- Access control based on the user for testing and also restriction purposes.
The authentication over the internet will be transmitted over an encrypted connection. 
Everyone can access the UGX Launcher as long as they aren't banned / blocked from www.ugx-mods.com
(1) This product includes software developed by the OpenSSL Project for use in the OpenSSL Toolkit. (http://www.openssl.org/)
This product includes software written by Eric Young (email@example.com)