This might appear to be a slightly unusual product to include in this group test, but it qualifies as a potential biometric due to the use of signature verification, or fingerprints where applicable.

Utimaco of course offers a range of solutions for desktops and networks, so extending this to PDAs is relevant, especially as many such devices are now used within the corporate domain.

In fact, SafeGuard PDA is also available in a personal version, suitable for standalone PDA use, while the Enterprise version is more aligned with corporate use.

SafeGuard PDA is compatible with any devices running PocketPC 2002, PocketPC 2002 Phone Edition and Windows Mobile 2003. There are some particular features for use with PocketPC phones, in that incoming calls may be received without user authentication and emergency numbers can also be dialled without having to obtain prior authentication.

As well as user authentication, facilities exist to encrypt files using the popular AES algorithm and a private virtual disk can also be configured. The Enterprise edition, as you would expect, allows for centralized administration via Active Directory group policies or specialized PDA management software, and offers features such as helpdesk password reset, single sign on functions and more.

Options for logon user authentication include password, symbol sequence, signature verification and, if your PDA is thus equipped, fingerprint verification, so there is something for everyone in this respect. Straightforward configuration dialogs are provided, including one for advanced configuration options such as master password reset and device behavior if faced with repeated failed logon attempts, no trouble for PDA enthusiasts.

Systems administrators should appreciate this tool when developing and implementing a suitable policy. The software provides the options to configure according to the requirements at hand.