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Free sells. Who knew?

If you live in the Washington area, you've heard the radio spots from Baltimore-based SafeNet offering free downloads of its ProtectDrive encryption software (the official laptop encryption software of the Washington Redskins radio network, if we're not mistaken).

SafeNet launched its generous offer in early August after the Office of Management and Budget order agencies to start encrypting data on all the hard drives that seemed in imminent danger of being lost or stolen. The offer recently expired.

ProtectDrive is a whole-disk encryption program for notebooks, PCs and servers (Common Criteria EAL 2 certified). It employs pre-boot authentication to keep unauthorized users from circumventing the operating system to get at your data.

Today we got word that SafeNet gave away about 225,000 copies of ProtectDrive. Assuming agencies are actually loading that software, that's almost a quarter-million systems we don't have to worry much about.

It's a start.

Posted by Brad Grimes

Posted by Brad Grimes, Joab Jackson on Oct 06, 2006 at 9:39 AM


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