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The following is a list of recent changes and improvements made to ScreenSafer/400. Most changes are made as the direct result of a customer request. If you have changes you would like to see made to ScreenSafer/400, send E-mail to us by clicking here Support@Kisco.com and we'll add your change to our list of possible implementations.

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ScreenSafer/400 Recent Changes Log

Index:

ScreenSafer/400 Updates:

  • F12 Log Off Option Added

    When ScreenSafer/400 locks a terminal session, the only way to unlock it is to provide a valid password for the user that is signed on. With this change, you now have an F12 function key option that will let you force a signoff process when asked for the password. This can come in handy when the user is not available to perform the needed password logon.

    To use this new feature, a PTF from Kisco Information Systems must be installed or you must have Release 3.08 of ScreenSafer/400 installed. If you have an earlier version, contact Kisco to get a copy of the new PTF. The PTF you should request is SFPTF308.


  • Control Option Added for Joblogs on Secondary Timeout

    A new control feature has been added to let you control whether or not a joblog is issued when an interactive session is ended by the secondary timeout feature in ScreenSafer/400. The default continues to be a full joblog according to the configuration for the job being canceled. You can, with this change to ScreenSafer/400, force a limited joblog or no joblog to be generated.

    To use this new feature, a PTF from Kisco Information Systems must be installed or you must have Release 3.07 of ScreenSafer/400 installed. If you have an earlier version, contact Kisco to get a copy of the new PTF. The PTF you should request is SFPTF307.


  • New Background Subsystem Added

    Prior to this change, the background task required for ScreenSafer/400 ran in the QSPL subsystem. With this change, a new subsystem named SCRSFR has been added to the product and the background task now runs in this subsystem.

    To use this new feature, a PTF from Kisco Information Systems must be installed or you must have Release 3.06 of ScreenSafer/400 installed. If you have an earlier version, contact Kisco to get a copy of the new PTF. The PTF you should request is SFPTF306.


  • Support Added for i5/OS release level V6R1 and higher

    ScreenSafer/400 has now been upgraded so that it will run under the new release of i5/OS which is coming soon from IBM. This upgrade is NOT available as a PTF and must be ordered for direct install from CD for current customers. For new customers, any release level of ScreenSafer/400 starting with release level 3.03 is compatible with this new OS release from IBM.

    Current customers should contact Kisco Information Systems offices to obtain a new install CD.


  • Limited Support For 27 x 132 Display Screens

    Earlier versions of ScreenSafer/400 did not work correctly when the active screen at timeout event time was a wide screen display. The display session would not be frozen and a security exposure would end up with the display session.

    With this version, Release 3.02, there is limited support for applications that use wide screen formats of 27 x 132. For this support to work correctly, the user in question MUST be enrolled with the *BLANK Saver Name. If the user is enrolled with any other Saver Name, it will not work.

    To use this new feature, a new PTF from Kisco Information Systems must be installed or you must have Release 3.02 of ScreenSafer/400 installed. If you have an earlier version, contact Kisco to get a copy of the new PTF. The PTF you should request is SFPTF302.


  • Control over password prompt screen position

    Based on a customer request, we have added an option to let you select an alternate location on the screen for the password prompt. The alternatives are for a prompt at the center of the screen (the default) or a prompt at the top left corner of the screen. For certain devices, having the prompt at the top left corner is desirable.

    To use this new feature, a new PTF from Kisco Information Systems must be installed or you must have Release 3.00 of ScreenSafer/400 installed. If you have an earlier version, contact Kisco to get a copy of the new PTF. The PTF you should request is SFPTF301.


  • Support Added for Complex OS/400 Passwords

    OS/400 now optionally supports long, complex passwords. When the system password level is set to two or three, these 128 character passwords can be used. ScreenSafer/400 has been updated to allow these passwords to be used.

    To get this new feature, current customers must request an upgrade install CD for ScreenSafer/400 Release 3.


  • Control Over Secondary Timeout Improved

    Several customers expressed their requirement that they have a way to turn the secondary timeout feature off on their system. We have now implemented an optional feature which allows this to be done.

    To use this new feature, a new PTF from Kisco Information Systems must be installed or you must have Release 2.06 of ScreenSafer/400 installed. If you have an earlier version, contact Kisco to get a copy of the new PTF. The PTF you should request is SFPTF207.


  • Shutdown Command Added

    At the request of a customer, we have added the ability to end the ScreenSafer/400 background job on request. This job locks a data area on the system and can interfere with a normal system backup process. The new commands lets customers stop the background job before starting a system backup thereby avoiding potential problems.

    To use this new feature, a new PTF from Kisco Information Systems must be installed or you must have Release 2.05 of ScreenSafer/400 installed. If you have an earlier version, contact Kisco to get a copy of the new PTF. The PTF you should request is SFPTF205.


  • Secondary Timeout Termination Added

    A new feature has been added to Release 2 of ScreenSafer/400 will force the end of a terminal session when it has been inactive for a set period of time. The primary use of ScreenSafer/400 is to secure an inactive terminal session when it has been left inactive for a short period of time. By adding this new feature, the terminal session will be further protected when it is inadvertently left inactive for a long period of time.

    To use this new feature, a new PTF from Kisco Information Systems must be installed or you must have Release 2.04 of ScreenSafer/400 installed. If you have an earlier version, contact Kisco to get a copy of the new PTF. The PTF you should request is SFPTF204.


  • New Screen Lockup Feature Added

    A new feature has been added to Release 2 of ScreenSafer/400 that allows any terminal operator to intentionally secure their terminal session on demand. This feature lets someone who is working with sensitive information disable their terminal session on demand so that they will not have to wait for the screen timeout to expire before their session is secured.

    To use this new feature, a new PTF from Kisco Information Systems must be installed or you must have Release 2.02 of ScreenSafer/400 installed. If you have an earlier version, contact Kisco to get a copy of the new PTF. The PTF you should request is SFPTF202.

    Once the correct version of ScreenSafer/400 has been installed, you can activate ScreenSafer/400 security from your terminal session by entering the following six keystrokes:

    [SysReq]5L S[Enter]
    
    Be sure to include the space between the L' and S' characters. The [SysReq] refers to the key that the OS/400 System Request function is currently mapped to. On many systems, this is the Shift-Esc key.

    When you invoke this set of keystrokes, ScreenSafer/400 will immediately take over your terminal session, rendering the contents unreadable by anyone until you return and unlock the session using your password.


  • Release 2 of ScreenSafer/400 now available.

    This new release includes the following features:

    1. New screen animation called *TWIRL which twirls screen contents around the screen when scrambling the contents to make them unreadable.

    2. User options have been added to let the administrator control the default enrollment options when ScreenSafer/400 is set up to automatically enroll every user at signon time.

    3. When ScreenSafer/400 prompts for the password following a session animation, we have added the user profile name to the screen prompt to help someone know who is actually the signed on user of the session.

    4. ... plus more minor changes and product improvements.

    Release 2 update available as of July 31, 2002.


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