updated 04:00 pm EDT, Thu October 30, 2008
Tao Effect ships Espionage
Tao Effect has launched Espionage, offering folder-level encryption for the Mac. Apple's built-in encryption, FileVault, requires the user's entire home folder be encrypted, while Espionage allows the user to pick only specific folders. It also offers similar levels of security, using AES-128- or 256-bit protection. Espionage's ability to encrypt specific folders allows it to isolate important files like email, chat conversations or banking folders, without taking time to encrypt photo collections, movies and other items that don't require high security. Unencrypted data access is three times faster than encrypted, providing a good speed boost to data that is left untouched by Espionage.
The software integrates with the Mac's Finder, allowing double-click access, followed by entering a password. Relocking is also simple; the user right-clicks the file and chooses Lock from the contextual menu. Espionage can also hide a folder from Spotlight.
The software can password protect a folder without encrypting the contents and it supports Growl notifications. Espionage requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and is available now for download at a launch price of $15.