Aladdin Systems has released an update to ShrinkWrap that the company is touting as ideal for iDisk security. The company claims that ShrinkWrap's encryption features work with iDisk as a network volume, and can therefore keep private files private. According to Aladdin Systems:
Aladdin Systems, Inc. announced today that ShrinkWrap 3.5.1, a new update, is perfect for iDisk customers to secure their data and maintain transparent access to the data, because it encrypts image files and supports network volumes. ShrinkWrap(tm), the quickest and easiest way to create and distribute disk images, provides encryption security for iDisk(tm) users, an Internet storage service provided by Apple Computer's iTools(tm).
With ShrinkWrap, iDisk users can create an exact byte-for-byte image of a file, encrypt it, and then save it to iDisk. ShrinkWrap's powerful 40-bit encryption delivers security to both compressed and read/write images. The encrypted file requires a password before it can be viewed, so only those with the password can view a user's image file.
iDisk is a component of iTools, a new series of Internet services provided by Apple Computer, Inc. iDisk provides 20MB of personal Internet-based storage on Apple's Internet server, which can be used in the same way as any folder on the desktop. By using ShrinkWrap to encrypt the files stored on an iDisk, users can ensure that no one else sees their private files. Even more private than an archive, users have transparent access to encrypted files, because ShrinkWrap easily accesses them as if they were regular files.
ShrinkWrap also includes the space-saving StuffIt(tm) compression technology, making ShrinkWrap's images even smaller and faster to create.
In addition to providing unparalleled security for iDisk files, ShrinkWrap is the perfect tool for distributing or making exact copies of data, images or files of any type. ShrinkWrap can be used to back up original floppies or CDs to removable media; install Apple's System updates and System software extensions; distribute CDs, floppies, hard drives or other external media over a network or the Internet; distribute multiple disk images on floppies, or to create disk images of Preferences and to save a game for play on a different machine.
Requirements and Availability
ShrinkWrap supports System 7.1.1 and higher, including Mac OS 9 for Macintosh and Power Macintosh. It contains both 68K- and PowerPC-native code, is AppleEvent aware, 32-bit clean, AV-'040 cache- and virtual memory-compatible. Although a Macintosh SE or better is required for full functionality, the Mac Plus can still use ShrinkWrap to mount, convert and verify disk image files. The Component Manager, available with QuickTime 1.5 or system 7.1 or later, is required to handle compressed or encrypted disk images.
ShrinkWrap is priced at US$29.95 while the update is free to registered owners of version 3.x. A demo version of the product is also available. You can find more information at the company's web site.