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X-Ray Vision

Type of Program: Web security utility
Supported Platforms: Win 95
Company Name: Intracept, Inc.
Version: 1.0
Price: US $29.00
Installed Size: 1.12 MB


With a spinning bulls eye residing in your toolbar, X-Ray Vision protects you from anything anybody can do to you unknowingly on the internet.

Java applets, ActiveX controls, cookies, and even plug-ins all come through your modem and run on your hard drive just as surely as your operating system does. The only difference functionally between many of these and a virus is that they have been made with good intent. However, since Active-X and java programming has skyrocketed this past year, a malevolent code will likely cross your path soon.

Anti-ActiveX programs will within a year or two become just as essential to every computer as antivirus programs are now. The dilemma here is that, unlike viruses, these web technologies can be incredibly useful. Fortunately, X-Ray Vision can give you early protection while allowing for your laissez-faire surfing habits..

Besides being easy, pleasant to use, and available now, X Ray Vision has a step up over the competition by being highly customizable. You can specify your default restrictions to a T or make them stricter or looser for any particular site.

The manual is thorough enough to constitute an education in the complicated technology. which I found valuable. Fortunately, there is a beginning tutorial that cuts to the chase for just what you need to know to get started.

The program has with no incompatibilities with the latest browsers, which is remarkable considering it monitors everything going in and out of them. From experience, I can say that this stability is not generally shared by other anti-ActiveX programs.

The graphics, always a sore spot with me and shareware, are excellent, and the tutorial and manual are very easy to read.

OK, on the downside: say goodbye to your cache and any efficiency or anything else that you may receive from it. Say goodbye to cookies (many would say with good riddance) and the passwords or shopping carts that they enable, unless you go into the program and customize permissions for that site.

In short, I would buy this program. X-Ray Vision is an innovative, intelligent, and easy-to-use product in a field that will get crowded very soon. It deserves prominence now and is adaptive enough to stay there when the competition rolls in.

User Friendly
Ease of Installation
Support (with an excellent web site)
Reviewed by R Oshop

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