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Podcast: What is a portable application?

A portable application broadly describes any software that has been adapted for use on a Flash drive, iPod or other mobile external hard drive. To learn more about portable applications, WhatIs.com's Alex Howard interviewed John T. Haller, the CEO and lead developer of PortableApps.

 

 

In this podcast, you will learn the answers to the following questions:

  • What else defines a portable application?
  • What are the most commonly used – and useful – features seen in portable applications?
  • What do you need to install and use a portable application?
  • What technologies are typically used in making applications portable?
  • Can a portable application be fooled, spoofed or hacked by a third party?
  • What are some best practices for security, both for the drive and the computer it's plugged into? What about firewalls, data security, encryption and remote access?
  • How are portable applications being used to instantly upgrade old PCs and aid in disaster recovery?

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