Review: Utimaco Safeware SafeGuard PDA v4.25

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Review: Utimaco Safeware SafeGuard PDA v4.25

Utimaco Safeware’s SafeGuard PDA enterprise offers organisations the control to use PDAs within their architecture, while still protecting sensitive data from unauthorized users.

SafeGuard PDA’s use of advanced security algorithms and biometrics keeps confidential information secure at rest and in motion regardless of where the data may reside. The product is administered centrally and is easy to deploy. SafeGuard PDA enforces security settings and policy rights management that is transparent to the end-user.

We found this product to be very simple to use and configure. The initial installation comprises two pieces. The first is the administration piece, which is run on a server. Once the installation is complete, an administrator adds the administration template to the group policy snap-in where all configurations and options are set. The installer for the PDA is the second piece and this can be pushed to the devices via group policy as well.

SafeGuard PDA performs very nicely in an enterprise environment. On both the administration and user sides this product is well-integrated and very simple to use. Since all configurations are done via group policy, it is easy for an administrator to configure the appropriate types of policy for specific users.

The SafeGuard PDA comes with several manuals and documentation sheets for deployment. The manuals take a step-by-step approach to deployment and demonstrate the functionality scalability of the product. The manuals offer different alternatives to setting up and configuring the product to address users’ needs and to provide the functionality best suited for the organisation.

Utimaco has a well-designed online support site. The site is easy to navigate so finding contacts and support information is quick and simple. A full online support portal, called MyUtimaco, provides a way to submit a trouble ticket, download patches and search a knowledge base of FAQs and articles.
At $60 per device we found this product to be an excellent value for money. Its simple administration and good feature set, combined with its ease of use, make this product a solid buy for almost any size enterprise.

For: Easy to deploy, simple to administrate solution with a solid feature set
Against: Nothing we found
Verdict: For its overall capability and excellent value we designate this is our Recommended product


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