Safer Workstation
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Turn removable devices into computer keys.   Shareware ($20.00)
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Safer Workstation is a Mac OS X application designed to turn removable devices such as an iPod or thumb drive into a user account "key". Even if someone has their computer require a password, anyone who knows the password can log in to the account - passwords can be stolen.

Introducing Safer Workstation. Simply run Safer Workstation and "tie" a thumb drive or iPod to the user account. When that drive is ejected, the user is logged out. Even if someone knows the log-in password, Safer Workstation will notice that the key is missing and will log the user out. Safer Workstation is
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Version 1.0.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.0 or later



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Anonymous reviewed on 06 Jan 2005
The idea is interesting, the implementation is not.

1. Before being logout, there is a long delay (1 minute maybe) which allowed me to find how it was working.
2. The protection can be removed by deleting the Safer Workstation application or just renaming/moving it as the crontab is using an absolute path name.
3. The protection can be removed by deleting the crontab which is added.
4. The logout can be canceled by running a terminal as root or an application which refuses to quit on logout.
[Version 1.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 06 Jan 2005
No deep info on website or in the documentation included with the program. What happens if you tie to one device and the device is stolen, are you permanently locked out of your own computer? Is there no authorized user back door or override? Is it compatible with FileVault and Open Firmware Password?

Too many unanswered questions for now.
[Version 1.0]

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Anonymous commented on 06 Jan 2005
If your "key" is lost you can contact support@pariahware.com and someone here can help you log back in to your system.
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Anonymous commented on 06 Jan 2005
So in other words, there *is* a back door, and the developer isn't talking about how it works.

Which means -- and let it be made perfectly clear that I'm in no way accusing the developer of doing this -- that the developer could, in theory, set up the application to allow this back door to work over a network.

I appreciate the effort, but closed-source RealBasic is not something I'm going to trust here.

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Downloads:1,939
Version Downloads:1,530
Type:Business : Applications
License:Shareware
Date:17 Jan 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price: $20.00
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Safer Workstation is a Mac OS X application designed to turn removable devices such as an iPod or thumb drive into a user account "key". Even if someone has their computer require a password, anyone who knows the password can log in to the account - passwords can be stolen.

Introducing Safer Workstation. Simply run Safer Workstation and "tie" a thumb drive or iPod to the user account. When that drive is ejected, the user is logged out. Even if someone knows the log-in password, Safer Workstation will notice that the key is missing and will log the user out. Safer Workstation is shareware and only costs $20.00 to register. A 7-day trial period is included. See the online documention for details. Safer Workstation is made with REALbasic.


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