LOK-IT USB Storage Device Control for Mac places restrictions on all unrecognized USB storage devices connected to your computer. It allows thumb drives and external hard drives placed on the whitelist to be used by the system, while it instantly unmounts any unknown USB drives, automatically placing them in the blacklist. This premium app has a trial version that supports only LOK-IT branded thumb drives and does not allow modifications to the whitelist.
Because LOK-IT USB Storage Device Control for Mac hooks deeper in the OS than most apps, it comes with an installation wizard that requires administrative access. Upon initial launch you are presented with the option to set a username and password that will be required when accessing the app. The app successfully differentiates between external storage devices and other USB peripherals and does not interfere with the operation of the latter. When a thumb drive is inserted into your computer, the app takes two seconds to determine whether the USB stick is part of the whitelist or not. If the stick is not among the approved devices, the drive is unmounted, rendering it inaccessible.
LOK-IT USB Storage Device Control for Mac has a clear target audience: users who do not wish to have unauthorized external storage devices connected to their machines. If you're one of them, you'll really like this app. Keep in mind, though, that the free version works only with LOK-IT drives -- any other USB stick will be blacklisted.
The Free Edition of the software includes a default Whitelist of LOK-IT Secure Flash Drives. Since all data saved to LOK-IT USB flash drives are secured with military-grade encryption and protected further via PIN-pad based hardware authentication, all data remains completely protected in case of the drive's loss or theft. Organizations do not have to disclose their loss, under HIPAA or other privacy laws. Any USB flash drives other than LOK-IT are immediately disabled when inserted into a USB port, effectively locking down the USB ports to other USB flash drives. The Pro Edition of the software includes the ability to Add Devices to the Whitelist and Remove devices from the Whitelist. Whitelisted devices can be modified and ranges of serial numbers can be Whitelisted within a single entry. A Whitelist can be easily Exported and Imported in order to easily make Whitelists common among a large number of computers. Both Free and Pro Editions include the ability to accept software updates automatically. The Auto-Update feature can be turned off and a Check for Updates button be used, alternatively. In addition to this Mac O/S application, LOK-IT USB Storage Device Control software is also available for Windows O/S. Demonstration help videos can be viewed at: www.LOK-IT.net/usb-device-control-software-help