Hot Disks 06/04

Do-it-yourself DVDs, protecting your network and data, and more
This story first appeared in the June 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

In the Movies: DVD Workshop 2 from Ulead Systems makes creating professional-looking DVDs easy. The $495 (all prices street) software, with design templates, lets you include multiple audio and subtitle tracks to add alternate languages, music and commentary. It captures video directly to DVD-compliant .mpeg files and lets you import graphics created in other editing applications.

Extra Protection:Kerio WinRoute Firewall 5 protects your company's network by controlling incoming and outgoing traffic. The software also offers Internet connection sharing, integrated McAfee antivirus software, attachment filtering, pop-up blocking, the ability to restrict access to certain Web sites, and Web traffic filtering. Prices start at $299 for a standard 10-user base license.

On the Dotted Line: Keep the data on your Pocket PC-based PDA free from prying eyes. SignWise Professional from Carrot4free PDA Software uses a handwritten signature on the touchscreen, instead of a PIN or a password, for user authentication. Priced at $39.99 (Professional edition), the application offers 128-bit encryption and a system lock/hard reset option.

Moving Day: Upgrading to a new PC? Miramar's Desktop DNA 4.7 Professional transfers your PC's applications, system and desktop settings, as well as data files and folders, to your new system. Data is transferred using a removable storage device, like a Zip disk or CD, or directly from PC to PC using an Ethernet or USB connection. Prices start at $39. With Ethernet crossover cables, it costs $49; and with USB 2.0 crossover cables, $59.

Liane Cassavoy freelances from her home in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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