If you have a Mac you’d like to secure from prying eyes, you might be interested to know that Power On Software, Inc. has announced the release of a new version of the Mac OS security software, DiskLock. If the software’s name sounds familiar, it’s because Power On acquired DiskLock from well-known Mac utility maker Symantec Corp. The new version, 4.6.5 adds support for new Mac hardware, including newer iMacs, desktop systems, and the PowerBook G4.
DiskLock, which works with System 7.0 through Mac OS 9.1, is different from the protection built into the Mac OS. DiskLock utilizes encryption technology that will encode data, instead — making it considerably more difficult for anyone but the most sophisticated hacker to read data on your hard drive. Users can also choose entire folders to encrypt if they’d like.
DiskLock supports multiple users on a single machine, with support for an unlimited number of users, each with different levels of access. Power On also makes available an administrator package to enable system managers to configure and update DiskLock across a network.
Other features include hot-key screen locking, idle time screen protection, and logging capabilities.
The new update is free to all registered users of DiskLock 4.5 or later, and can be downloaded from Power On Software’s Web site now. Upgrades for owners of previous versions are US$49.95.