First Look: FailSafeCD

Monday Mar 4th 2002 by SmallBusinessComputing Staff
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With an unusual approach that loads the operating system and applications from a CD, FailSafeCD may help businesses reduce threats from viruses and hackers.

Wayne N. Kawamoto
Managing Editor, www.smallbusinesscomputing.com

A new product called FailSafeCD promises to help PC users run Windows and surf the Internet without fear of viruses, software corruption or hacker attacks. The concept behind the FailSafeCD is that the operating system and programs load from a CD-ROM and run from a RAM drive.

According to the company:
- Businesses can decrease PC related costs because of reduced maintenance requirements.
- Large and small organizations can eliminate software piracy liability and virus risks.
- Telecommuters can use the FailSafeCD to provide easy access to Citrix servers.
- Security conscious users can eliminate all personal information when they turn off their computers.
- Users with defective hard drives can access PC features such as e-mail and multimedia content.
- Businesses can replace terminals with PCs without generating increased maintenance expense.

The company claims that its FailSafeCD is as simple as playing a CD. And it is guaranteed to consistently perform functions such as running its word-processor, spreadsheet, and photo editors. For Internet use it can run IE 5.5, Netscape Navigator, AOL Instant Messenger, and MS NetMeeting. FailSafeCD is designed to rip, burn, and play CDs. Limited printer, scanner, digital camera and web-cam support are also included. All functions operate with or without a hard drive except the firewall, which requires a hard drive.

Availability and Pricing

The product is available on-line at www.FailSafeCD.com and has a retail price of $19.95.

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