Digital Specter's Startup Security, a security tool for Macs, has been updated to version 1.2, which adds support for asking for a password when waking from sleep on Mac OS 9 systems. It also changes an extension to load before other extensions in order to make it more difficult to bypass.
With Startup Security, you can enable system security for your Mac using Mac OS 9 or X. As of the latest version, you can enable further security measures to protect your Mac OS 9 environment, providing a greater level of security within Mac OS 9 or a dual-boot Mac OS 9/X system, according to Myke Kage of Digital Specter.
"When Startup Security is combined with a physical security solution, your machine virtually becomes an impenetrable fortress," Kage said.
You can set a firmware password so that boot device settings and other machine parameters can't be changed without authorization. With Startup Security, which is US$19.95, you can completely prevent the boot-up of a machine without the proper password and enable three different modes of security: Off, Default Boot Device Only and Full.
Startup Security requires Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X; Apple Firmware Update, version 4.1.7 or later; and an iMac, iBook, Power Mac G4 tower, Cube or Titanium PowerBook. You can download it from the product Web site.
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