Product Information

NMS for PC/PDA

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April 07, 2004
Vendor:

New Media Security (NMS)

Product:

NMS for PC/PDA (Data Encryption group test)

Website:

http://www.newmediasecurity.com

Price

$130 - $160 PC, $90 - $120 PDA

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QUICK READ

  • Strengths:

    Transparent use, integration with Windows.

  • Weaknesses:

    Very little.

  • Verdict:

    An effective, user-oriented product.

This product has Professional or Enterprise editions and the latter has the Management Suite that features remote recovery management for forgotten passwords, mass deployment and more.

For Windows users, versions are available for 9x, Me, 2000, NT and XP. We installed on a Windows 2000 machine and were impressed with the fuss-free installation and close integration with Windows. From a user's perspective, this product is as intuitive as it gets.

Choose the folders or drive you want encrypted and NMS for PC will (after encrypting any files there) encrypt files you save to the encrypted folder and decrypt them as you open them for further editing. This all happens so quickly and seamlessly that you are unaware of any additional process.

It can encrypt removable drives and shared network drives. Being folder based, it supports multiple users of one machine logging on as different users. NMS encrypts the Windows swap file and coexists happily with ScanDisk and Defrag as well as anti-virus software – we tested Norton AntiVirus on an encrypted folder and it worked well.

Integration with Explorer is what you expect. Right click on any folder and you can encrypt or decrypt straight from the pop-up dialog. Encrypted folders display a black dot as a visual reminder of their status, as do encrypted files.

In short, NMS for PC does what it claims to do with no fuss and at a cost that will appeal to both private users and corporate departments.

NMS for PDA similarly protects PDAs using Pocket PC, providing secure logon and encrypting portable media. It protects the ActiveSync PC connection, ensuring that protected data cannot be copied back and forth. The encryption and decryption process is transparent.

We liked the NMS products. They are straightforward, highly intuitive, easy to install and configure, well integrated with Windows and provide simple-to-use encryption to protect sensitive data with little or no learning curve.

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