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New Version of NTI Ninja Software Runs Off the USB Device

Postby Ian on Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:49 pm

New Version of NTI Ninja Security Software Runs Off the USB Device

Enables Secure Data Access from Any PC—Even PCs that Do Not Have Ninja Software Previously Loaded

LAS VEGAS, NV (January 10, 2007) – NewTech Infosystems, Inc. (NTI), announced today a new version of NTI Ninja™, the preferred data security solution for users and manufacturers of USB Flash and other external USB drives. In addition to the user-adjustable partitioning, anti-tamper encryption and password protection that have made NTI Ninja so popular, the new version has been enhanced with a new level of convenience. Users can now access the secured data stored on their private partition from any PC, anywhere – there is no need to pre-install Ninja on the PC to access the users’ private data.

"Flash drives are ideal for the growing number of business people, students, and consumers who want to keep their digital data with them wherever they go," said Bill Yao, NTI president and CEO. "In addition to being able to store, protect, and share the information on these devices, users also want convenient access, and that is what NTI Ninja delivers. Users can now access the private data stored on their Ninja-protected USB device from any PC without having to pre-load the Ninja software on the PC."

According to Gartner research, the market for USB flash drives is expected to grow from $572 million this year to $1.7 billion in 2007. Unfortunately, the same features that have made USB portable devices so popular—their small, compact size—makes them vulnerable to being lost or stolen.

While the password protection applications that are included with some flash drives offer protection against unauthorized access or stolen data, they create a problem for users that want to share data on their portable devices without having to reveal their password.

NTI Ninja provides quick self-defense against unauthorized access by using 128-bit driver-level encryption technology to create a private partition on the USB device. The user simply enters a desired size for the public partition and Ninja will automatically set the size of the private partition based on the total capacity of the USB device. After entering a password and a password hint, the user only needs to click Start and their new Ninja device will be created in a snap. With this approach, users can easily access and share commonly used data on the public partition while simultaneously hiding and restricting access to confidential data on the private partition.

NTI Ninja uses a triple data encryption algorithm (3DES) as the foundation for its128-bit driver-level encryption technology to ensure that sensitive data in the private partition cannot be accessed in case the drive is ever lost or stolen. NTI Ninja supports FAT, FAT32, and NTFS formats and can be used on virtually any USB storage device including flash drives, micro drives, and external hard drives.

Pricing, Availability
Designed for PCs running Windows® 2000/XP/Vista™, NTI Ninja software has an MSRP of US$24.99. The software is available via the exclusive NTI Ninja website at www.NTINinja.com as well as NTI’s corporate online store at www.NTIus.com. OEM versions of NTI Ninja can also be licensed to OEMs and other vendors for software bundling. Site licensing is available directly to corporate and institutional customers at a discount price based on volume.

About NewTech Infosystems (NTI)
NewTech Infosystems ("NTI") is an industry leading developer of powerful, feature-rich, and easy-to-use software for Digital Media and Storage Management. NTI has developed and delivered innovative digital media and data storage solutions since being founded in 1993. As a pioneer in the world of CD burning technologies and software, NTI released the world’s first CD copy software in 1995. Today, NTI’s CD/DVD burning engine has an installed base of over 80 million users worldwide. NTI offers innovative products to retail customers as well as volume licensing and OEM products. NTI is headquartered at 5 Mason Drive, Suite 150, Irvine, CA 92618. Phone: +1-949-421-0720, Fax: +1-949-421-0750 www.NTIus.com. Additional offices are located in Guangdon Province, China, and Taipei, Taiwan.
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Postby Justin42 on Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:06 pm

Interesting. I wonder if this is a free upgrade to those of us who got in on the free copy back when they launched, or if that was the "gotcha" plan from day 1.
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Postby Ian on Thu Jan 11, 2007 4:09 pm

I don't see a place where you can download updates so I'm guessing you have to buy again. I'll try to find out.
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Postby SithTracy on Thu Jan 11, 2007 7:08 pm

TrueCrypt and GnuPG offer better solutions for data encryption and are free and open source. Plus TrueCrypt has a traveler mode for USB drives. Never would consider this Ninja thing... I imagine it may have a benefit if you don't have admin rights, but not sure... the one thing to me that suggests the presence of a back door is this statement on the NTI Ninja site:

"Includes a password Hint when you need it"
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Postby Ian on Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:19 pm

Has anyone tried installing the update over their free version?

http://www.ntius.com/ninja_downloads.asp?p=Updates
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Postby Spazmogen on Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:56 pm

I'll try it out later.

I'm getting geared up or Florida on Monday.

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Postby Spazmogen on Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:26 am

OK.


Looks like you can use the new version to update the current install !


I have not had a chance to work on it much, but it did update my install and create the private/public Ninja's.
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Postby Ian on Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:34 am

I don't think the version currently on their website can run off a USB drive. Then again, I haven't tried it.
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Postby Spazmogen on Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:50 am

Here's a screen shot of my public area after updating the free version with this latest update:







I'll know for sure if it works when I go to Florida tomorrow.
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Postby Spazmogen on Sat Jan 20, 2007 9:40 pm

And it worked just fine while in FLA.

I could run the open ninja.exe and gain access to the private section, the public section was available right away!
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Postby Spazmogen on Sat May 26, 2007 5:19 am

But with the latest build of Ninja and my new install of Vista Home Premium, I can't get it to work at all. Worse yet, I have files in the Private Ninja part and the latest update still does not see it.

Time to clean off NTI software and try it again.
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Postby DrageMester on Sat May 26, 2007 11:18 am

Spazmogen wrote:Time to clean off NTI software and try it again.

I got tired of the apparent unstability of NTI Ninja in Windows XP, so I dumped it and replaced it with TrueCrypt which is free!

If you haven't tried it yet, I suggest you do so. There's a wizard for setting up a TrueCrypt volume and an Autorun.inf file that is a good starting point. You'll find it in Tools => Traveller Disk Setup...
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Postby Spazmogen on Sun May 27, 2007 8:28 am

thanks. I still have not had time to try and fix Ninja yet. I'll give this a try as well.

Ninja worked fine with XP for me, just not Vista home premium.
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Postby Spazmogen on Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:20 pm

And the answer is: just use the original version, do not use the latest update.

I tried the latest update and Ninja no longer liked my Memorex Travel Drive.

But I have it working again in Vista 32bit Home Premium.
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