Oh boy, we’re really excited about this!
Not only do we have an update for you today, but we’re super thrilled to announce that as of today, security professionals can obtain access to Espionage 3’s source code! 😀
I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but I never felt comfortable releasing the code for Espionage 2 for a variety of reasons having to do with complexity of the code. Now, thanks to the rewritten Espionage 3, I can say with confidence that Espionage is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside, and so I have no problems letting others have a peak inside. In fact, I believe Tao Effect has a duty to its customers to do so.
Espionage’s homepage now has a new section that explains what we’ve done and how to get the source:
We know that for software to provide any meaningful security guarantees, its source code must be available to third-parties for inspection. We also recognize that releasing Espionage’s source code can hurt Espionage and its users because of software piracy.
We want to continue giving you stellar customer support and timely updates, so we follow a middle-path by giving security experts access to Espionage’s code so that they can verify its security. We’re also allowing them to distribute unmodified copies of Espionage that they’ve built themselves, so that anyone who doesn’t trust our copy can download it from them. Apply here.
Espionage 3.5.1 Released!
Also on today’s menu, an update! (With more to come!):
- NEW: Source code access for security professionals!
- NEW: Autolock on screensaver and screen lock!
- FIXED: Failure to execute folder actions after folder autolock while Espionage is locked.
- FIXED: Don’t unlock folder if an application for a folder action is already running.
- FIXED (3.5.2): Crash on startup related to Folder Actions.
- FIXED (3.5.2): Updated Growl to (hopefully) fix a Growl-related crash.
EDIT: Thanks to “Red H.” for pointing out that “source code available” != “open source”. The two are quite different, as for something to qualify as open source software, it must be distributed for free. My apologies for the error, we will update all references accordingly, and if we miss one please let us know!