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.
PD Explorer is a free tool that enables you to explore Private Disk encrypted images even in the cases when Private Disk is not installed on the computer, even if you don't have administrative privileges.
You can view the contents of the encrypted disk, write or remove files from it - as you can normally do with an archive such as a ZIP file.
It is extremely simple in use, making it easy to add new files to the encrypted vault, delete or update existing files.
PD Explorer is compatible with NTFS images of any size, there are no file size restrictions, nor are there limitations about the maximum number of files that can be processed.
PD Explorer is a available for free, you can download it right now.
After another development cycle, SIM Explorer 1.2 is finally here, having a lot of new things under the hood and on the surface. At the moment we can firmly say that it is the best SIM card forensic tool on the market. The new version has several key-improvements that make it a great instrument for those who examine SIM cards for a living.
The changelog can be found in the end of the article, while the story itself will highlight some of the new features.
SIM card hash
SIM Explorer will now compute the hash of the SIM card, this way you can tell whether the card was changed or not since the last time you analyzed it. The hashing algorithm we use is SHA-1, generating a 160-bit digest.
It takes into account the contents of the SIM card's files, as well as their names and properties - all of this is seen as a continuous stream of data, which is then hashed. The hash is displayed in the lower left corner of the window.
Side by side SIM card comparison
This new dialog is one of the coolest new features in the new SIM Explorer. The structure of two SIM cards is represented as a tree, where each directory file and elementary file is marked with a colour:
When you click on a file on one panel, SIM Explorer will select the same file on the other card (if it exists). In the middle you see the contents of each file, the following aids are available:
Generate printable reports
SIM Explorer is now able to generate a plain-text report that contains details about a SIM card. This can be used when a hard-copy of the data is needed, alternatively this can be used for data exchange with colleagues or partners who do not have SIM Explorer or a computer to run it on. Finally, nothing beats the feeling of holding paper in your hand.
.sim file association
SIM Explorer is now associated with .sim files, you can double click one and the program will open it for you. The icon for such files looks like this:
Find SIM backup
With this tool you can search for .sim files and reveal which other SIM card images you saved refer to the same card you are analyzing at the moment. How it works:
Unlike the previous version, the new SIM Explorer is much better adapted to your needs. Features such as the side by side visual comparison make it easy to understand how a SIM card changed with time; while the ability to save a card to a .sim file or print a report make data exchange with colleagues or law enforcement agencies a simple process.
We are committed to making it even better. Stay tuned for the next releases.
+ Side by side visual SIM card comparison with highlighting
+ Generate printable SIM card report
+ Compute SIM hash
+ SIM Explorer is associated with .sim files
+ Save card's ATM to .sim file
+ Save proactive commands to .sim file
+ New icons in the program's interface, as well as other UI improvements
+ Improved Unicode SMS support
+ Command line argument to open a file automatically
+ Find SIM by ATR
+ Restructured main menu in the program
+ Improved search function
It is not known to the wide public, but the truth is that for quite some time a version of Private Disk Light for Windows Vista, as well as for 64-bit versions of Windows XP has been available.
It can be downloaded: http://files.dekart.com/beta/PrvDiskLight-Vista.exe
It is unofficially called Private Disk Light 1.23, and here are the changes:
A new beta of Password Carrier is now available, it brings Vista compatibility into the game; 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista are both supported.
How to update
Simply extract the contents of the archive to the removable disk, overwriting the current files of the program. Make sure you do not delete any of your .dka files (the profiles that contain your identities, and the credentials associated with each identity).
The beta is in a stable state, there are no known issues with it. The program is now an official release, and can be retrieved from dekart.com.
Why Password Carrier
Password Carrier is not just another form filler, it is much more than that, because:
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!
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