Review: SafeBoot Professional/Enterprise

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This is one product that has been on the computer security scene for quite some time and Control Break International has continued to develop its solutions over the years, despite many of its earlier competitors falling by the wayside.

This is one product that has been on the computer security scene for quite some time and Control Break International has continued to develop its solutions over the years, despite many of its earlier competitors falling by the wayside.

SafeBoot Enterprise has been refined and improved to offer users a secure and predictable network solution that provides central management and security for all your confidential data.

Data may be stored on your corporate laptops, PDAs or PCs, but regardless of where the data is stored, the administrator can use SafeBoot Enterprise's flexible licensing program across multiple hardware platforms to protect it from unauthorized access and secure its confidentiality.

With only one file to download onto Windows-based platforms, SafeBoot also provides transparent protection and even allows upgrades to be transparently deployed from a central administrative console. With no user participation needed, the SafeBoot policy manager works silently and can even pass anti-virus updates to machines, deploying them using the intelligent update system.

User accounts can be centrally created and managed. This enables multiple users assigned to different machines within the enterprise to change their password on one machine with the updated information being applied to all their other machines automatically.

This saves on time and prevents users locking themselves out by using the wrong passwords by mistake. But for security, the administrator may also elect to block a user instantly, disabling their accounts and blocking their access in an instant. Adding a user or group is just as easy.

SafeBoot Enterprise enables central control that is easy to apply and needs no specialist training, which is a bonus to all corporate IT departments where time is money. There is also two-factor pre-boot authentication (F2-PBA) and SafeBoot is compatible with a myriad of token and smartcards already on the market.

Global support

Support is global and can be contacted when you need it most. If users should forget their password, an easy and quick password reset can be initiated with the help of a simple phone call, a challenge and response is required to reinstate the user's access or, if preferred, webRecovery can be allowed so that users can reset their own password securely.

This method bypasses the need for helpdesk staff and the administrator is not called upon to aid access recovery. The user must satisfy several challenges and responses before their account is accessible, but the time and cost is reduced substantially without sacrificing any security.

Using just one common policy database, all the administrator needs to implement and manage his or her network is simply a matter of one central console, a structure of their choice, whether hierarchical, flat-level or branched, and it is possible to control all their users, computers, files and recovery keys - it's that simple.

SafeBoot also supports multiple languages such as Dutch, French, Chinese, Polish, Spanish, German, Japanese and of course English, making it a great tool for diverse global corporate use.

There is also a scripting tool to minimize time and effort and stop typographical errors causing blockages. But to cap it all, the auditing capabilities offer a great way to analyze log files and can provide an insight into users' and administration actions.

Quick and easy installation

Installation is quick and easy, no special training is required, but if needed SafeBoot offers help and guidance with installation and implementation as well as project planning. The company's technical experience can be used through its consultants at the request of the customer to aid a swift and simple solution without disrupting the business and without loss of any continuity.

For more adept security administrators, the extensive documentation supplied with SafeBoot Enterprise should suffice. There is a Quick Start Guide that explains the pre-requisites and walks you through each stage. There are even two pages labeled "Notes," so that you can jot down anything that you consider important to your particular installation.

A more in-depth manual is also included for the administrator to use as needed, which is well written and thorough in its delivery - everything is clearly explained and documented in this manual.


Central management, ease of installation and deployment makes this solution cost effective and efficient.


Can be accidentally removed if the administrator uninstalls and forgets to delete the entry from the database before reinstallation.


Extremely well perceived solution that is easy to use and can provide data protection from unauthorized data access across the enterprise - seriously worth considering.


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