For Immediate Release – March 29, 2000

MARKDALE, Ontario, Canada – Synectics Business Solutions, Inc. (Synectics)
just announced the availability of its BackJack Online Backup Service to an
international Macintosh market. BackJack is a Mac-only online backup
solution which enables users to get their critical files backed up and
offsite – automatically, securely and cost effectively. Since its launch in
June of 1998, BackJack has revolutionized the way Macintosh users back up
and restore their critical data.

International Export of BackJack

Until now, Synectics was prohibited from the international export of its
BackJack service due to the strength of the encryption algorithm (128 bit
CAST) built directly into its software. Approval from the Canadian
government (under the General Export Permit No. 39) now means that
Synectics can offer BackJack to Macintosh-based organizations and
individual Mac users around the world with the exception of the following
restricted countries: Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Republic of Yugoslavia,
Myanmar and Angola.

President of Synectics, Christopher Brown, noted that, “being able to offer
BackJack globally has always been an important priority for us; however,
there were restrictions imposed on our software. A lower grade encryption
version of BackJack could have been developed and launched worldwide some
time ago, but we chose not to compromise security and wait until the
government approved the export of a 128 bit key. We are pleased that time
has now come”.

Free Trial Use

Further details about this unique, powerful and innovative solution to
backups can be obtained from the BackJack website at (
including a 15 day free trial period. If you want to learn more about what
others are saying and BackJack’s excellent reputation, visit BackJack ‘In
the News’ at (

About Synectics

Synectics Business Solutions, Inc. is a Macintosh consulting company
established in 1990 and located in Markdale, Ontario, Canada. As developers
of Macintosh office productivity solutions, they assist companies with the
integration of meaningful technology solutions into their businesses. As
the developer and provider of the BackJack Online Backup Service, they now
offer backup and recovery services to clients worldwide.