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A major update to ActiveExit released

A new version 10.8 of ActiveExit is available now!

This is a complete rewrite of this software. If you’ve used an older version of ActiveExit, and are considering an upgrade, you may want to review the new User’s Guide to see what ActiveExit is now. You will notice many differences: we’ve simplified the user interface and removed many secondary functions, such as the allowed use schedule, the password protection, the taskbar icon, and so on. If you were relying on ActiveExit for such functions, hold on to the previous version that you already have.

The good news is that ActiveExit now works much better performing the main function it was designed for: to automatically log off users after a period of their inactivity. Here are some of the improvements in the new version:

  • ActiveExit now works with Windows 7 and Vista
  • ActiveExit now supports Windows Servers 2008 and 2003 (including the R2 versions)
  • ActiveExit can now log off automatically even the Remote Desktop users
  • ActiveExit now supports Active Directory and Group Policy
  • ActiveExit now supports unattended installations and updates
  • ActiveExit is now FREE for personal use!

Give the new ActiveExit a try!

A minor fix for AB Commander released

We goofed! In the previous version 7.5.6, we’ve added a few additional checks of the license key validity and it turned out one of them was one too many: it caused a message asking the user to enter a valid license key to appear in some circumstances, even though the correct license key was already entered.

To correct this error, we’ve released an updated version 7.5.7 today. (It has no other improvements over 7.5.6, so if you don’t see that message, feel free to skip this update). If you do want to upgrade, you can install the new version without removing the previous one, and it should upgrade the files and retain your settings.

How to password-protect a USB flash drive

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Password-protecting a flash drive is easy with the USBCrypt wizard software. When you run it, it guides you through the steps of encrypting a removable USB flash drive. It asks you to choose a name for the encrypted drive (this is optional, but can be handy if you have several similar drives that you use to store different kinds of files):

Choose a name for the encrypted USB drive

After a few more steps, which you may want to leave the settings as they are (the defaults should be suitable for most common situations), or you can adjust the options offered by the USBCrypt wizard. For example, you can choose to encrypt the whole drive or only a part of it. You can also select the encrypted file system (FAT or NTFS) to use for the encrypted data. Another option is to choose the encryption strength (such as the 128-bit or 256-bit AES encryption in the XTS mode). Yet another option lets you choose whether to create a “spare key” file on your computer, that you could use should you forget you main encryption password:

Choose a strong password for the encrypted USB drive

After the flash drive has been encrypted, you can start it (by entering its password) and it will become accessible via its own drive letter, just as any other drive. To encrypt a file, just move it to the encrypted drive (by, for example, dragging and dropping it using Windows Explorer or with our file manager AB Commander), and the file will be encrypted on-the -fly. To open the encrypted file, you don’t have to do anything special: you can double-click the file on the encrypted drive, as usual, and it will be decrypted transparently for you. When you save the changes, they will be encrypted automatically for you, too. In short, there is no difference between using the encrypted drive and a regular drive!

When you are done using the encrypted files, you need to lock it back. TO do that, you can use the USBCrypt icon in Windows taskbar to stop the encrypted drive:

Lock the encrypted USB drive with password

After the encrypted drive has been stopped, all files and folders it contains become locked with your password again. At this point, you can detach the flash drive from the computer. You can sleep well at night, knowing that your files are safe and sound too.

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Space Investigator released

We are happy to announce the release of our new utility Space Investigator! You may find this software useful if you are running out of space on your hard drive and want to get a better picture of how your files and folders consume it. Space Investigator makes it easy to locate the files that take the most space and delete them, if they are no longer needed. With Space Investigator, you may find out that you may not need a bigger hard drive after all and can use your money on something else!

We’ve also released a minor update to AB Commander: the updated version 7.5.5 can detect Space Investigator if it’s installed on the same computer and makes it easier to switch between AB Commander and Space Investigator with a click of a button, to have different views of the folders.

Space Investigator is free for the users of AB Commander: if you have purchased an AB Commander license, you can download Space Investigator free of charge. If you have not purchased AB Commander license yet, now is the good time to do that: Buy AB Commander now and get Space Investigator as well!

AB Commander 7.5 released

We’ve just released a new version of AB Commander 7.5.

This version adds several new features, such as the ability to navigate to any of the parent folders by clicking on their names in the panel title bars, or the use of the CTRL+WINDOWS key combination to quickly exit, minimize, or iconize AB Commander. This version also adds integration with our new product USBCrypt: now when you stop a Virtual Encrypted Disk created with USBCrypt, AB Commander releases its resources automatically.

As before, our usual upgrade policy applies: if you have purchased an AB Commander license within the previous 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge: just download and install the new version, it should replace the previous version automatically for you. Otherwise, please visit the Upgrade Center to receive the automatic 50% upgrade discount.

Should you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Happy file commanding!

WinAbility Software

USBCrypt 10.3 released!

We are happy to announce the official release of our new product USBCrypt!

You can use USBCrypt to protect the sensitive files you put on the removable drives from loss or theft. With USBCrypt, you can set aside a portion of the drive to host a Virtual Encrypted Disk, and put the sensitive files inside of it. If someone gets old of your drive, they won’t be able to get your files, no matter how hard they try.

USBCrypt comes with a free 30-day trial, during which the software is 100% functional, so you can give it a good try. If you have any questions or encounter a problem, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

And the last but not least: Thanks you all who took it for a test drive during the beta test, it’s been very helpful.

Happy encrypting,

WinAbility Software

Always have a backup of your important files

If you have files that are important to you, make sure you always have a good backup of them!

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There are many ways to lose your files. For example, your hard drive may die. (Just search for such problems on the web, you will see how often it happens!) When you replace the hard drive and use the restore discs to make your computer work again, you get the computer in the state as it was when you first bought it, without your own files that you’ve added later. Without a good backup, you won’t have them anymore.

Or, consider a virus infection: some viruses may damage your system so badly that only a complete reformat of the hard drive may get rid of the virus. Again, without a backup, you won’t have your files back after that.

Or, the software that you use (including our software!) may have programming errors that may cause your files to be lost. Or, there may be a human error: you could press a wrong button somewhere that would cause your files to disappear, and not notice that until it’s too late.

The loss of files may happen unexpectedly. For example, consider the Windows Upgrade procedure. When you upgrade to Windows 10 (or to Windows 8, or 7) from a previous version of Windows, the Microsoft upgrade program makes a copy of all files that you have in the My Documents and other such folders. However, if it encounters a file that it cannot access (because, for example, you’ve used a file protection software, such as our Folder Guard or MySecretFolder, to hide or lock the file with a password, then Windows Upgrade program may skip such a file without giving you any opportunity to unlock the file. When it finishes the upgrade, it restores all documents it had saved before, except, of course, the files that were protected by the software. As a result, you would no longer have the protected files after the upgrade.

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You may feel the desire to blame the file protection software for that, but when you think of it, the software was just doing the job it was designed to do: it was protecting the files that you wanted to be protected! It should be the Windows Upgrade responsibility to alert you about any files that it could not copy, shouldn’t it?

In any case, the easy solution to any such problem would be to just restore the files from the backup.

If you don’t have a backup of your important files yet, then stop whatever you are doing and do a backup now. And set up a schedule to keep doing the backup regularly, to have the latest updates to your files saved, as well. If you use our folder protection software (Folder Guard or MySecretFolder), do not forget to disable the protection before starting the backup, because our software may keep protecting the files from the backup program, too! Always verify that the backup set that you’ve created actually has all the important files of yours, including those protected by our software!

There are many online backup services, such as SpiderOak or DropBox, that offer very cheap or even free online backup options. If you don’t like the online services, get an external hard drive, they are so cheap these days. The number of the available options is large, and it’s inexcusable to have no backup of your important files, period.

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Welcome to our redesigned web site!

Our web site has a new look, we hope you like it!

Besides the new design, it’s got a new web engine underneath: WordPress! We’ve evaluated several other content management systems, and Drupal was a very strong contender. However, in the end we decided that nothing beats the simplicity and extensibility of WordPress.

If you thought that WordPress was only for blogs, surprise: it can be used as a full-featured general-purpose content-management system, too, and this web site is the living proof to that. Besides, with WordPress we get a built-in blog system, and we plan to put it to good use.

Please fell free to browse other pages and if you notice anything wrong, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Thanks for visiting!

WinAbility Software