A new version of SIM Manager was released the other day, it brings changes on multiple fronts:
The 3.x branch is a major step forward, the program will be extended in these directions:
What happens to the names:
There are three update options:
Secret option 4 out of 3 - get it for free, if you do one of these:
The latest version, at this point, is 3.0, here's a direct download link - it always points to the latest version.
As I write these lines, we're already done adding some changes to 3.1, which will significantly reduce the amount of time needed to write data to cards.
Stay tuned, and have fun with SIM Manager - the best SIM card management program out there.
A new release is going to be made public in the nearest future - Private Disk 2.11 is here. This version brings us one step closer to Private Disk 3.0, adding some new features.
Private Disk Explorer is the major new feature of this release - it enables you to access your encrypted disks even on systems where you don't have administrator privileges.
Yes, that's right! Private Disk is the first program of its kind that can run on any computer, in any circumstances; from Windows 9x to Vista and the not-yet-official Seven - your encrypted files are at your fingertips.
You will be able to explore NTFS and FAT32 images, regardless of their size, having the possibility to add new files to an image, remove existing ones or replace them with updated versions.
From now on Private Disk is unarguably the best option for those who need rock-solid encryption and mobility.
Other changes include:
Overall Private Disk became more polished and more reliable. Currently only the English and the Russian versions are available, other language versions will follow shortly.
The time has come, Private Disk 2.10 is now officially released. Some of the changes were already commented in the release notes of an earlier beta version of PD (those features are Disk Firewall's training mode, trusted program authenticity verification).
One of the most important things is compatibility with Windows Vista systems of all flavours that exist out there. Private Disk is now shipped with digitally signed drivers, so if you have a 64-bit Vista platform - you can use PD on it. This makes Private Disk yet again compatible with every version of Windows (starting with Windows 95).
There is also a new icon, which looks good whether you're looking at a zoomed in version, or at a tiny icon in a "list view".
Run Private Disk as a service
This is a very handy option, it used to be a part of the older 1.x versions of Private Disk Multifactor. Once this is enabled, you can run Private Disk, mount the image, then log off - the virtual drives will still be mounted, allowing other logged on users to access them (including those who access them from the network, if they are shared).
The idea is that you can mount the disk and restrict others from changing its settings (ex: alter the white-list, or change the disk's properties, etc). As an administrator, you can start the server and mount the disk, then share it; from that point on end-users can connect to the server and use what they are allowed, without being able to do (break) anything. This feature will help you offer users only as much power as they need to get their job done.
PD File Move - the secure data migration utility
This is the newest addition to Private Disk's arsenal, and it was not a part of any of the beta versions that were made public prior to the release (although the utility itself could be downloaded from the site, if you explored it thoroughly). It is designed to find a group of wanted files in a certain location, create an encrypted disk of the right size, move them to the protected storage vault, and then wipe the originals, so that the files cannot be recovered.
This is a typical screenshot of PD File Move
What can it do?
We decided not to bring these features into Private Disk itself, and instead have a separate utility to do the job. Private Disk continues to be extremely lightweight (using about 2.5 MB of RAM when disks are mounted), and PD File Move will not get in your way while you use Private Disk.
We are against bloatware, so you can be sure that Private Disk will continue to be a fast and solid tool, and it will never turn into a performance hog.
Here comes the changelog of the final version:
+ added XP-style and Vista-style icons
+ allows to run Private Disk software as a system service
+ added Disk Firewall Program integrity verification feature
+ allows to disable/enable Disk Firewall Program integrity verification
+ added Disk Firewall Traning Mode feature
+ allows to disable/enable Disk Firewall Traning Mode
+ compatibility with Windows Vista
+ compatibility with Windows Vista x64
+ the encryption password can be changed when the disk is mounted
+ allows to create a backup copy of a disk's encryption key automatically
+ optimized disk creation speeds when "fill disk with random data" is enabled
- fixed bug with occasional blue screen errors if Windows Defender is installed
- fixed bug with autorun.inf on USB-drives
Enjoy using the software!
Private Disk 2.09 was released a couple of days ago, these release notes will give you more details about the new version and walk you through the new features.
The final build of the EXE is 2.08.41, if you managed to get hold of the beta, make sure that you are using the latest version by checking the program's About window.
You may have noticed that the transition was from 2.07 to 2.09, so naturally a question will arise - "What about 2.08?". The truth is that 2.08 was released earlier, but it was only available on the Japanese market, as a retail product. Here is a picture of Private Disk 2.08 JP
Since we're into boxes right now, here is a picture of an older retail version of Private Disk Multifactor.
Private Disk 2.08 could also be downloaded from our public ftp server (ftp.dekart.com/pub/), so some of you may have copied it.
2.09 is a huge step forward in stability, and besides tweaking some of the previous featues, it provides a couple of new things that were not available earlier. It is almost certain that 2.09 is the last, or the last but one release of the 2.x branch; afterwards Private Disk will enter the 3.x era. You can post your feature wishlist in this forum thread What I'd like to see in Private Disk 3.0.
Here is a commented changelog:
Safe hardware removal: when the program is launched from a removable disk, a new entry will show in the program's tray-icon menu: "exit and safely remove hardware". This will display the safe hardware removal dialog when the program quits, so that you don't forget about safe hardware removal. This change moves you one step away from accidental data loss. Just in case, here is some additional reading material about data corruption and backups.
Here is the changelog:
+ the program can install itself to a removable disk
+ allows to have access to the encrypted disk for programs that are run from the encrypted disk only
+ improved disk backing up mechanism
+ allows to disable/enable Autorun feature
+ allows to disable/enable Disk Firewall feature
+ allows to define programs to be automatically run on disk dismounting
+ allows the user to exit Private Disk software and safely remove the USB drive if it has been run from the USB drive
+ allows the user to choose whether the disk will be dismounted or mounted if the PC goes to hibernate
+ allows the user to choose whether chkdsk will be called before the backing up the encrypted disk
- fixed bug with impossibility to run automatically LNK/PIF-files with long paths
+ compatibility with Windows XP/2003 x64
- fixed bug with false warning "files are open on the disk" if Disk Firewall is enabled
- fixed bug with the impossibility to automatically mount disks that are located on a network share
- fixed bug with starting Private Disk software when it is already running
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