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August 15, 2005

AirZip is pleased to announce version 4 of our FileSECURE product.  This release contains many new enhancements, bug fixes and introduces the new AirZip branding and logo.

FileSECURE is without question the most advanced and flexible enterprise rights management tool on the market, and version 4 solidifies this position.

Because of the number of security enhancements, it is recommended that customers upgrade to this latest version.

Version 4 is a logical progression from 3.x, but due to the new licensing mechanism implemented which is fundamentally different from the previous one, it was necessary to bump the version number. The new part numbers introduced with FileSECURE 3.1 in February, 2005 remain in effect for version 4.

Highlights of the new features in FileSECURE 4 are:

  • Supported server environments now include:

    Apple Mac OS X (Tiger or later)

    Hewlett-Packard HP-UX 11.11 and 11.23
    (PA-RISC and Itanium)

    IBM AIX 5.1 and later


       Linux RedHat AS3 and SuSE SLES9
    (x86 and POWER)

    Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, 2003

    SGI Altix with ProPack 4


    Sun Solaris 8 or later (SPARC)
    Solaris 10 (SPARC and x86)

  • The licensing mechanisms in FileSECURE have been enhanced to allow FileSECURE to be effectively used in an ASP (hosted) environment, something needed by service providers;

  • Integration with the following LDAP servers is now supported:

    IBM SecureWay

    IBM Directory Server

    Lotus Domino

    Microsoft Active Directory

    Tivoli Directory Server

    Novell eDirectory/NDS

    Sun One Directory Server;

  • LDAP synchronization speed is improved.

  • FileSECURE’s ability to work with proxy servers and firewalls has been substantially enhanced;

  • For security reasons, Super User and Manager are no longer permitted to save their passwords. If the security level for the Organization defined by the Manager is High, then Authors and Readers will also not be able to save their passwords;

  • FileSECURE now stores the full UNC path when securing files.  This allows easy distinction between files with the same name in different folders;

  • Users can now secure attachments and the body of messages from inside Microsoft Outlook;

  • The AZS viewer has been updated and is now able to render and view over 370 different file formats (up from 250 in version 3.x). See list;

  • The embedded database performance is much improved;

  • Changed the reference to “Domain” in FileSECURE to “Organization ID”.  The word domain was confusing to customers because of the similarity to Microsoft Domains.  Organization ID represents this more accurately;

  • FileSECURE 4 implements a completely new licensing mechanism providing customers with a much more reliable and easy way to track their license usage;

  • There have been several improvements to the FileSECURE Control Panel making it easier to use;

  • A number of System Modal dialogs are now Application Modal allowing users to switch between applications more easily;

  • Users will always be notified if they are connecting to a FileSECURE server that does not have a valid CA certificate.  The message was previously suppressed by request of a few customers.  This is a security risk, and the message has been restored.  The solution is to simply acquire a certificate from a CA authority;

  • Organization Recovery (private) keys can now be stored in a user specified location;

  • Organization Recovery (private) keys now contain the name of the Organization allowing easier management of these by service providers;

  • Due to licensing changes as well as enhancements in the client/server API, FileSECURE 4 clients and servers cannot interoperate with previous versions.  Customers can easily upgrade to FS4 as the security database remains compatible and the version 4 installer handles any other differences;

  • VNC and VMWARE have been added to the list of remote access tools that are prohibited by FileSECURE;

  • Several additional recently discovered screen capture programs are now blocked.

  • [Japan only] The Ricoh Hanbei RIDOC documentation management system has been fully integrated with FileSECURE;

  • [Peoples Republic of China only] Approved encryption mechanism for China. FileSECURE has been updated to support hardware encryption devices required by the China State Commission of Cryptography Administration. FileSECURE is now the first and only foreign software security product approved for use in China. In this release, we support the USB encryption sticks manufactured by Westone. Customers and resellers can purchase the USB sticks directly from Westone. All resellers will require a security sales license issued by the Chinese government in order to sell these devices. It is expected that support for other USB security device vendors will be added in the future.