updated 09:25 am EDT, Tue June 14, 2005
Centurion recently announced the release of ($60), a hard drive protection suite for Macs. MacShield Enhanced Edition provides enterprise-strength protection to computers, returning the hard drive to the pre-defined configuration upon restart and removing all temporary changes. MacShield Enhanced Edition is designed to clear Mac computers of unwanted changes such as downloads or deletions, system settings changes and installed programs. Upon reboot, all changes disappear, and the computer is restored to its original configuration. Additionally, although viruses are not a major concern on the Macintosh platform, users have an extra layer of certainty that no future malware will penetrate the system hard drive.
The software write-protects the hard drive and records all changes to a temporary storage area. During use, the computer behaves as if all changes are permanent, giving the user a full experience. However, when the computer is rebooted, all changes are eliminated from the computer, instantly restoring it to the user's pre-determined configurations.
MacShield Enhanced Edition also protects the user from making accidental permanent changes to the hard drive. If a program is accidentally deleted, it will reappear on the computer when it is rebooted. Should users need to permanently save information to a protected machine, a Persistent Storage space can be set up at install. In this space, documents, emails and other information can be saved, remaining unharmed and constant upon reboot.
MacShield Enhanced Edition costs $60.