Best Alternative to SafeConsole for USB Security

Looking for an alternative to SafeConsole for monitoring and controlling USB devices? This page will compare SafeConsole by DataLocker to CurrentWare so you can make the best choice for your organization.

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CurrentWare’s Security Capabilities

With CurrentWare’s data loss prevention and USB control capabilities, blocking unauthorized portable storage devices is as easy as a few clicks.

CurrentWare extends your organization’s on-site USB security policies to laptops and computers running outside the corporate network, ensuring ongoing USB security no matter where your users work.

Device Blocking window Screenshot of CurrentWare's USB device control software AccessPatrol

Block & Audit Storage Devices

Control who can use portable storage devices and set security policies to limit what devices are allowed. Monitor data transfers to removable media and network storage devices to ensure that your data security policies are being followed.

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Prevent Data Loss to Cloud Platforms

Protect sensitive data against the risks of cloud file sharing sites. Block cloud storage sites/apps, restrict uploads/downloads, and monitor file transfers for high-risk or anomalous activity.

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Audit User Activity for Insider Threat Risks

Monitor employee computer usage for signs of insider threats. Track file transfers, web browsing, app use, and login/logout times for high-risk, anomalous, or inappropriate activity. Receive automated alerts straight to your inbox when specific events occur.

Screenshot of AccessPatrol's USB file transfer blocking feature

Block Data Transfers to Portable Storage & Uploads/Downloads

Go beyond simply blocking unauthorized devices; ensure optimal data protection with your trusted devices, too. Block file transfers to portable storage devices based on file extension and file name.

Use the File Filter to prevent the uploading and downloading of specific files such as EXEs. 

 

Screenshot of BrowseControl's Port Filter for blocking TCP/UDP ports

Block High-Risk Network Ports

Block unused TCP/UDP ports to reduce the attack surface of your network. Improve data protection by mitigating the threat of data leakage over FTP, SFTP, IRC, and other high-risk network ports.​

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Block Risky Sites

BrowseControl’s web content category filtering database provides you with a convenient way to block millions of websites across over 100 URL categories. Easily block users from accessing social media, porn, games, known virus-infected websites, and more!

CASE STUDY

Metromont Protects Their Assets & Increases User Awareness of USB Security Risks

CurrentWare lets us see which employees are trying to use unauthorized USB devices so we can take corrective action.

Thankfully, the software’s warnings when blocking a USB device have made our stance on random storage devices perfectly clear.

Now that CurrentWare is in place, our employees have stopped using random USB devices. Instead, they submit requests to use approved USB devices as needed.

Compare CurrentWare vs. SafeConsole by DataLocker Features

Compare the key features of CurrentWare and SafeConsole DeviceControl/SafeConsole PortBlocker to choose the right fit for you

Use CurrentWare’s SafeConsole alternatives if… Use SafeConsole by DataLocker if…
  • You’d like an advantageously priced USB control solution for Windows
  • You need greater insights into user activity, such as high-risk internet and application usage
  • You’d benefit from additional data loss prevention features such as blocking cloud storage services and uploads/downloads
  • You are willing to purchase dedicated SafeConsoleReady™ encrypted flash drives to take advantage of its full capabilities
  • You’d like to manage USB device usage permissions across both Mac and Windows
  • You need advanced USB security features such as anti-malware scanning and remote device wiping

 

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USB Storage
External HDDs
Tape
CD/DVD
iPhones/iPads/iPods
Smartphones/Tablets
Digital Cameras
Media Players (MP3 Players)
Memory Cards (SD/MM)
Printers
Floppy Disk
Webcams
WiFi Network Cards
FireWire
Sound Cards
Bluetooth Devices
Serial/Parallel Ports
Network Share
HID (Keyboards, Mice, etc)
USB-to-Ethernet
Infrared Dongle

Peripheral Control

The CurrentWare Suite include AccessPatrol, a data loss prevention tool for protecting against illicit file transfers and rogue USB devices.

These security features make the CurrentWare Suite the perfect solution for meeting cybersecurity compliance requirements for USB devices.

While DataLocker provides industry-leading hardware encrypted portable storage devices, the peripheral control capabilities of SafeConsole PortBlocker are limited to USB mass storage, MTP, PTP, and UASP (USB Attached SCSI) devices. Other devices, such as USB mice and keyboards, cannot be controlled with PortBlocker.

Learn More:  Devices You Can Control With AccessPatrol

Last updated July 2024

 

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Block Unauthorized Removable Media
Allow Trusted Removable Media
Block Web File Downloads & Uploads
Block File Transfers to Cloud Storage
Block High-Risk Websites
Block USB File Transfers
App Blacklisting
Track Web Downloads/Uploads ❌ 
USB Activity Reports & Alerts ✅ 
Allow Temporary USB Access ✅ 
Data Encryption ✅ 
USB Malware Detection ✅ 

Data Loss Prevention

CurrentWare has the best alternatives to SafeConsole for protecting sensitive information from being illicitly transferred to portable storage devices, cloud storage services, and other egress points.

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Bandwidth Usage Tracking
Websites & Applications Tracking
Idle Time Tracking
Productivity Score
User Logon & Shutdown Tracking
Remote vs In-Office Tracking
Web Category Tracking
Email Reports & Alerts
Desktop Screenshots
Optional Stealth Mode
Track File Transfers To/From Network Share Drives
Track Downloads/Uploads

Employee Monitoring

While SafeConsole is an excellent USB blocking tool, its user activity monitoring features  are limited to removable storage activity, which leaves a significant gap in your data loss prevention strategy—Detecting insider threats!

Without clear visibility into employee computer activity your organization is at risk of data loss to high-risk computer usage such as using unauthorized applications, visiting malicious websites, and transferring company data to personal cloud storage services.

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Computer & User-level Blocking
Category Filtering
Allow/Block URLs & Domains
Block Applications
Custom Warning Message
Scheduled Blocking
Internet Quota & Timer
Port Filtering

Block File Downloads/Uploads
Enforce Google SafeSearch

Web Filtering

Web filtering is an essential component of any cybersecurity strategy. Blocking high-risk websites such as unauthorized cloud storage services and malicious websites ensures that data is not leaked to these egress points.

Unfortunately, SafeConsole lacks any internet restriction capabilities.

CurrentWare’s web filter BrowseControl includes a web category filtering database with millions of URLs across hundreds of categories including social media, file hosting, and virus-infected sites.

Last updated July 2024

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On-Premises
Raw Database Access ⚠️
For On-Prem Only
Self-Managed Cloud
SaaS
Free Trial
10 licenses Minimum Order Quantity
Not Specified
SIEM Integration
Central Management Console
Remote Workforce Management
Stealth & Transparent Modes
AD Integration
SQL Database
Citrix Ready
Compatible with Windows
Compatible with Mac
Compatible with Linux
CurrentWare System Requirements System Requirements Multicore CPU

4 GB+ of available RAM

~10 GB+ storage space (200 MB for installation)

Or use their SaaS offering

CurrentWare Agent Footprint Agent Footprint
Not Specified

 

Setup & Deployment

Thanks to its simple interface and setup process, getting started with CurrentWare is easy—whether or not you’re an experienced system administrator. CurrentWare offers a variety deployment options that suit the installation needs of organizations of all sizes.

Both CurrentWare and SafeConsole can be deployed on-premises or on a self-managed cloud server through cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform.

SafeConsole also offers a Software-as-a-Service model where they manage server deployment and maintenance.

In terms of setup and deployment, SafeConsole can monitor and manage USB activity on both Windows and Mac devices, whereas CurrentWare is presently exclusively available for Windows machines. 

 Last updated July 2024

 

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8:00 AM – 6:00 PM ET, Monday to Friday Support Availability 8 AM – 4PM ET Daily
Live Chat Feature ⚠️
Collects Emails, Not Real-Time
Phone Support
Training Videos
Email Support

Visit our knowledge base
Knowledge Base

Customer Support

Even the best alternatives to SafeConsole need to have a reliable technical support team to ensure that its customers get the services they need to make the most of their data loss prevention solutions.

CurrentWare’s support team is available by phone, live chat, and email from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST, Monday to Friday to ensure your business is covered. We also maintain an onboarding guide and a knowledge base full of helpful articles and training videos to ensure critical information is available 24/7.

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Compare DataLocker SafeConsole Pricing vs CurrentWare Pricing

CurrentWare Pricing

CurrentWare’s solutions can be purchased individually for the greatest flexibility or as a full suite for the best value.

When purchased individually, the cost of BrowseReporter user activity tracker, BrowseControl web filter, and AccessPatrol DLP and USB control software starts at $5 USD per user per month (paid annually). The full CurrentWare Suite includes all 4 modules starting at $12 USD per user per month (paid annually).

Discounts Available:

  • Pricing breaks are available for businesses that sign up for multi-year plans or have future growth planned and can commit to bulk orders.
  • Volume license discounts are available starting for as low as 100 users, with discounts increasing depending on the number of licenses, and the length of the contract term.
  • Educational organizations and nonprofits may qualify for a 10% license discount.
  • Not satisfied with a competing vendor? Make the switch to CurrentWare today and you may save up to 25% on your first year!

Last updated July 2024—See the latest CurrentWare Pricing

SafeConsole Pricing

The pricing for SafeConsole varies widely based on whether you opt for their hardware encrypted SafeConsoleReady™ removable storage devices ($180 USD+ each), the quantity of licenses, contract term length, and the modules you choose. 

 To get accurate SafeConsole pricing you must schedule a meeting with a member of their sales team or receive a quote from one of their resellers.

Last updated July 2024

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The CurrentWare team prides itself on its high-quality customer support. We will support you every step of the way—whether you’re just starting your free trial or actively using CurrentWare in your network.

At CurrentWare, customer success is our priority at every stage of your journey. We take pride in providing high-quality and reliable pre and post-sale support to make your experience exceptional.

We offer the same level of high-quality support to all of our customers—no extra fees or packages necessary!

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Customer Support Lead

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CurrentWare provides the documentation, training, and other resources you need to take full advantage of the capabilities of our products.

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CurrentWare's Key Features

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User Activity Monitoring

Track web browsing, software use, search queries, and more

Remote Screen Capture

Screenshot Monitoring

Take automatic screenshots or remotely view desktops

Application Blocker

Track Software Usage

Get insights into software usage trends in your organization

Stealth

Transparent & Stealth Modes

Run silently in the background or provide notice of monitoring

Block USB

Block USB & Other Devices

Set full access, read only or no access on storage devices

Allowed List

Device Whitelist

Allow only authorized storage devices to be used

Block Files

Block File Transfers

Prevent files from being transferred to portable storage

Reports

DLP Activity Reports

Track file transfers, storage device use, file operations, and more

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Block Websites

Block websites based on
URLs & content categories

Download Filter
Block Downloads/Uploads

Prevent uploading and downloading based on file type

Application Blocker
Application Blacklisting

Block specific Windows
applications from launching

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PC Power Management

Remotely track and control PC power states

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Centralized Console

Manage all your users from the
centralized console with Active
Directory import or syncing

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Platform Security

Protect your CurrentWare console
with 2FA, passwords, privilege
management, and more

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Offsite Management

Extend onsite security policies to computers running outside the corporate network

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SQL Server Supported

Database scaled for enterprise and
large business operations using
Microsoft SQL Server

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