Hopes and doubts for virus 'locker'

Auckland-based SentryBay says a Toronto-based ISP is considering using its recently launched "virus locking" software to stop the spread of internet nasties.

Auckland-based SentryBay says a Toronto-based ISP is considering using its recently launched “virus locking” software to stop the spread of internet nasties.

Dave Waterson, the head of SentryBay, formerly Ripple Effects, says ViraLock, which had its official launch at Comdex in Las Vegas last month, offers a new way to stop the spread of viruses.

It encrypts email addresses in address books and folders on incoming mail and decrypts them on outgoing mail. He believes ViraLock, which in an earlier incarnation was known as PrivateBase, complements rather than replaces other antivirus products.

“We see it as being effective in preventing the spread of email viruses,” Waterson says.

But Nick Fitzgerald, of Christchurch-based Computer Virus Consulting, says people should only buy the product if they are fully aware of what it can and cannot do.

Some current and even some old viruses “would waltz right through it — something you would not find explained on the SentryBay website”.

Waterson says the product was well received at Comdex, attracting interest from US journalists, Japanese and other software companies. He claims a European company is looking to market ViraLock on the continent. The unnamed Canadian ISP, he says, hopes using the software will “differentiate” it from other ISPs.

Sentry Bay has set up a US office to market the software. Waterson won’t say how many units have been sold, or downloaded from its website since it became downloadable on October 15.

“[Business] is going according to expectations. Now we are following through these contacts and hopefully developing alliances.”

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