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January 5th, 2000

[6:00 AM] MACWORLD Expo - Lock Your Disks From Unwanted Users with Help from Power On
by Staff

Power On Software is using MACWORLD Expo SF to announce an updated version of the security application, DiskLock. DiskLock 4.6.1, formerly Symantec's Norton DiskLock, provides advanced protection from unwanted users having access to your system or files. According to Power On:

DiskLock version 4.6.1 provides security for any user who ever leaves files or a computer unprotected, whether it is a laptop, standalone, or networked computer. With DiskLock, security and privacy are as simple as a few clicks, yet the security is virtually unbeatable, unlike systems that merely use a simple password scheme that can be easily defeated. DiskLock offers various types of encryption, including industry standard DES encryption. The new version adds support for Mac OS 9 and the Power Macintosh G4, as well as iBooks and iMacs (slot loading).

DiskLock supports multiple users, SCSI devices, IDE drives, and, of course, it is Power PC ready. In addition, it allows multiple users to work on the same machine with total security for each user's sensitive data. Unlimited numbers of users, each with different levels of access, provides even greater flexibility. An administrator package that includes unique tools for centralized configuration of Norton DiskLock on workstations connected to a network is also available at special multi-pack pricing.

Setting up DiskLock is much easier and faster than with other security programs. Instead of having to select each file, users can choose entire folders or volumes with a single click. And DiskLock is virtually impossible to bypass--it loads before the system software, so unauthorized users cannot start up the system, even from a floppy disk, CD, or other external device. File-protection settings prevent accidental or malicious deletion of data. Encryption and decryption is as easy as dragging and dropping the file or folder.

If instantaneous protection of data is required, DiskLock offers hot key screen-locking that lets users immediately blank the screen from within any application, so there is no need to worry about anyone even getting a glimpse of sensitive data. Idle time screen protection automatically blanks the screen and locks the system after a specified amount of time for unattended security and privacy, without interfering with ongoing tasks such as fax processing or printing. DiskLock will even log any efforts to access sensitive data so that attempted breaches of security can be monitored.

DiskLock is available for US$99.95 for the CD, or in electronic format for US$79.95. Registered users of DiskLock 4.5x can upgrade for US$49.95. You can find more information at the Power On web site, or stop by their booth at MACWORLD Expo SF (#407).

The Mac Observer Spin: It's just amazing how Power On can shed new light on projects that other people have abandoned. Every release of theirs adds features that users wanted from the original manufacturer. Hats off to Power On for being oriented toward the computer USER.

Power On Software

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