PGP unveils pre-boot authentication for Mac OS X

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Long time data encryption company PGP on Monday unveiled pre-boot authentication to the PGP Whole Disk Encryption for Mac OS X. The new features are available for Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard.

With the increased loss of data that companies report, more users want to protect the files on their computers. The ubiquitous use of mobile devices makes the loss of data even more prevalent because they are easier to steal.

According to John Dasher, Director, Product Management for PGP, if someone steals a computer protected with PGP, they will “basically have a brick on their hands.” PGP Whole Disk Encryption 9.9 locks down the entire contents of a laptop, desktop, external drive, or USB flash drive, including boot sectors, system, and swap files.

Dasher worked at Apple for 12 years, so he knows what Mac users look for in an application. Dasher said the PGP Mac application is all Mac, made specifically for Mac users.

“There is nothing more abhorrent to a Mac user than a Windows port,” said Dasher. “We’ve been Mac users for many years and Macs are not second class citizens here.”

PGP Whole Disk Encryption 9.9 for the Mac will ship in July. Pricing was not available.

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