The modern PC comes with a dazzling array of ports, network connections, and media bays, every one of which could be an entry point for a disgruntled, or perhaps simply misguided, employee. Smartline's latest version of DeviceLock provides administrators with the ability to lock down these ports on multiple PCs from a single interface. Average users may not need this level of granular control, but for network administrators looking to lock down their networks, DeviceLock is a great tool for protecting against viruses, Trojan horses, and other malicious programs often injected from removable discs.
Smartline offers DeviceLock 5.7 available for download on its Web site. You can try a 30-day trial version for free; after that, you must pay $35 for a single-user license. The program works with Windows NT/2000/XP and Windows Server 2003. You can install DeviceLock 5.7 in a matter of minutes and set access control during installation or at any time afterward, as long as you have administrator privileges for the computer.
DeviceLock's interface isn't fancy, but it is more graphically driven than most network administration programs. Icons show each of the systems on the network, and controlling access is a simple point-and-click process.