Once a week, the program connects to our site via the HTTP protocol and downloads a small text-file, which contains information about the latest version. The program analyzes the file, and if a newer version exists, the user is notified.
Depending on the program, the retrieved file is different. Private Disk Light examines this one: Dekart Private Disk Light.txt
Is there a risk?
No, there is no risk at all, as the only host the program connects to is our official site.
Can you explain in more details the actions that happen?
The program connects to port 80 of the remote host www.dekart.com If your computer is connected to Internet via a proxy server, and the settings are set in the system properties‚ the program uses them. Therefore if you connect via proxy (for example 192.168.0.1), then the program will initiate an outbound connection to 192.168.0.1 on port 8080 or 3128 (these are the typical ports proxy servers are binded to, but this can of course be customized).
My firewall tells me that your program accesses the Internet. How can I prevent that message from appearing again?
Your actions depend on the firewall you use. Most of them have a list of trusted applications. If a program is in that list‚ the firewall will allow any activity for it, without notifying you. You can add Dekart programs to that list.
Alternatively, you could create a set of rules which will restrict the activity of the program. Depending on the firewall, the rules are created in a different manner. Here is an example for Agnitum Outpost:
Where the protocol is TCP
and where the host is www.dekart.com
and where the remote port is HTTP
and where the local port is 1024-65535
Here is a screenshot:
How can I disable the update check feature?
Wait until a new version is released. The program will pop-up a window with information related to the new version. The window contains a checkbox, labeled "Check if a new version is available". Uncheck that option.
That can also be done via the program's GUI (graphical user interface), by switching to the "Options" tab and clicking the proper checkbox.
Another way is to manually edit the ini-file in the directory of the program. It contains a parameter called "CheckUpdate", which can be equal to either 0 or 1 (disabled, enabled).