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Beta Update April 2009: The most recent, updated version of this beta adds a simplified Hard Drive Encryption installation process and several ZoneAlarm bug fixes.
Thank you very much for your interest in the new beta version for ZoneAlarm Extreme Security with Laptop Encryption. Please make sure to read the instructions below before you download and install the build.
Thank you again, and we look forward to your feedback!
The ZoneAlarm team
Do I need Hard Drive Encryption?
Not everyone needs to encrypt their disk, but disk encryption is ideal for:
- anyone who has identity information (e.g., tax forms) or financial account data on their disk and thinks there is a risk of their laptop being lost or stolen (e.g., while traveling or using it public places)
- people, such as small business owners, who have proprietary or private data (e.g., client files) on their laptop
What is Hard Drive Encryption?
Hard Drive Encryption makes everything on your computer unreadable to unauthorized users. Your entire hard disk is encrypted, including deleted and temporary files, which protects your sensitive data if your disk is stolen or lost. Normally, if your computer is lost or stolen, a hacker can remove your hard drive and read it even without your Windows login name and password. But, if your disk is encrypted, your sensitive data is protected–thieves are locked out of it.
ZoneAlarm Hard Drive Encryption uses the same enterprise class encryption technology from Check Point used by over 15 million users around the world.
Here's how ZoneAlarm Hard Drive Encryption affects your day-to-day computer usage:
- Additional login at startup: Before your Windows login screen appears, you log in to a Hard Drive Encryption screen every time you start your computer. This gives you secure access to your encrypted operating system.
- The rest is silent and invisible: As soon as you complete installation, the encryption starts in the background without affecting your system experience. Your files and desktop are silently decrypted when you access them and encrypted when you close them, but this process is invisible to you.
Steps to install Hard Drive Encryption:
- If you have a ZoneAlarm beta running now, uninstall it using special instructions provided below.
- Have a blank CD, floppy disk, or USB memory stick ready, depending on which type of media your computer can copy to. You will need this in order to create your required recovery disk.
- Enter your information in the fields below so you can get the license key and Download download and install this beta of ZoneAlarm Extreme Security that includes Hard Drive Encryption.
- After you install, in ZoneAlarm, under Additional Services, click Disk Encryption.
- Let the installation wizard step you through the Hard Drive Encryption installation process, which includes support registration, a reboot, and recovery disk preparation.
To run this beta software you will need a valid beta license key. Please submit your contact information and you will receive your license key via email. This license key will be valid for 60 days.
Be sure to backup your valued files and folders and have your Windows installation CD available. When testing beta software, you may encounter unexpected issues and problems that may require reinstalling your operating system and restoring your backed backed-up files and applications.
Who is eligible to test?
This is an open Beta and anybody is welcome to participate.
Remember that there is NO technical support for the Beta versions of ZoneAlarm, though for Hard Drive Encryption there is support if you forget your password or need help with decrypting for system recovery.
IMPORTANT: We do not support upgrades from Beta to any shipping version. Once a beta expires users will need to either upgrade to a newer beta build or uninstall the beta and re-install a shipping client version. If you had a valid license key before you installed the beta build, it will still be on the system and a shipping build will recognize it.
Backing up your ZoneAlarm settings
If you already have a ZoneAlarm installation on your machine customized to your specific network setup, you may want to preserve the ZoneAlarm settings you have customized before installing a new beta version. In order to do so, you will need to perform the following steps:
- In ZoneAlarm, navigate to the Preferences tab by clicking "Overview" in the left-hand navigation of the window.
- Click the "Preferences" sub-navigation item under the "Overview" heading.
- Click the "Backup" button.
- Select a location and filename to place the backup archive of your settings.
- Now, once you've uninstalled this previous version of ZoneAlarm and installed the new beta, you will need to restore the settings you just backed up.
- Navigate back to the Preferences panel, and click the "Restore" button.
- Select the backup file from the location you specified in Step 3, and you should be back to your original configuration!
Uninstalling previous versions of ZoneAlarm
When testing beta software, it is important to completely remove all previously installed beta components when you are done testing.
To do so on a 32-bit system, select "Run..." from the Start menu, and type the following:
"C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zauninst.exe" /clean
To do so on a 64-bit system, select "Run..." from the Start menu, and type the following:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zauninst.exe /clean
This beta is supported only on laptop and notebook computers.
- Microsoft® Windows® XP:
SP2, SP3 Home or Professional Edition
1 GHz CPU, 768 MB RAM
- Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit):
2 GHz CPU, 2GB RAM
- 150 MB of available hard-disk space
- Partition resizing or repartitioning
Do not change the partition size or repartition your disk when Hard Drive Encryption is installed. This is not supported and may result in loss of data due to disk failure.
- Stripe or volume sets
On Windows XP, Hard Drive Encryption should not be installed on partitions that are part of stripe or volume sets.
- Compressed root directory
Hard Drive Encryption cannot be installed if the root-directory (or root directories) is/are compressed. The root directory must be decompressed before Hard Drive Encryption is installed. However, subdirectories of the root directory may be compressed.
- Some system configurations experience a slower than normal startup and shutdown with ZoneAlarm installed.
- Booting from other media (besides recovery disk) is not supported.
- Dual-boot or multi-boot of multiple operating systems are not supported.
- Major OS changes, including from XP to Vista, and major OS upgrades, are not supported.
- If you experience a "blue screen" system crash and need to recover your data with Windows recovery, do not use Windows recovery until you decrypt your disk with your Disk Encryption recovery disk.
- If the system partition is not accessible using a drive letter when Hard Drive Encryption is installed, necessary changes cannot be made; and the installation cannot be completed.
- BIOS anti-virus feature functionality should be disabled. If active, it will cause the system to hang when reloading from suspend mode.
- Windows Vista's ReadyBoost™ and ReadyDrive™ are not supported at this time.
- Multiple disks: Hard Drive Encryption supports up to six hard disks, which together can have a maximum total of 12 volumes protected by Hard Drive Encryption. However, a blue screen crash occurs if you have different kinds of drives (for example, IDE and SCSI) or if the first disk that Windows notifies Hard Drive Encryption of is not the boot disk.
- Recovery partitions are not supported.
- BitLocker on Vista is not supported.
- Program Control must be enabled in ZoneAlarm for the Hard Drive Encryption Recovery Disk Wizard to correctly indicate success. If Program Control is off, then at the end of running the Recovery Disk Wizard, you will see a message indicating that you did not successfully upload recovery data. Also, on the Hard Drive Encryption panel, successful upload will not be indicated even if the upload was successful. CR00225319
To provide your feedback, please fill out the following form with as much detail of your experience as you can:
ZoneAlarm Beta Feedback Form