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  • Review

    Application whitelisting review: McAfee Application Control

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 7:40 am

    McAfee's whitelisting protection for Windows, Linux, and Solaris is short on shortcomings
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    Application whitelisting review: SignaCert Enterprise Trust Services

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 7:40 am

    SignaCert is great for monitoring compliance with application and configuration policies, but it lacks built-in blocking
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    Application whitelisting review: Lumension Application Control

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 7:40 am

    Lumension Application Control is a competitive product with a number of standout features and one significant omission
  • Review

    Application whitelisting review: CoreTrace Bouncer

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 7:40 am

    CoreTrace Bouncer 5 provides first-rate application control with a few unique features
  • Review

    Application whitelisting review: Bit9 Parity Suite

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 7:40 am

    Bit9 Parity 5.0 shines brightest among whitelisting competitors with strong protection and useful risk metrics
  • Review

    InfoWorld review: Whitelisting security comes of age

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 7:40 am

    Remarkably good solutions from Bit9, CoreTrace, Lumension, McAfee, and SignaCert show that whitelisting may be the new best defense against modern malware
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    SonicWALL firewalls for less than $1,000

    Posted November 2, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    SonicWALL recently started shipping six new firewalls to replace the low-end of its product line. The new firewalls are the TZ100, TZ200 and TZ210, each also available with 802.11n wireless integration. This product release completes SonicWALL's transition to the Cavium Networks' Octeon processor line, putting all of their firewalls on the same code base and with a similar feature set.
  • Review

    Intel IT Director Keeps Network PCs Safe

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 1:26 pm

    Intel's IT Director (free) allows you to monitor stats for each PC, such as the amount of disk space used, whether or not the Windows firewall is enabled, and whether or not antivirus software is installed.
  • Review

    HP security blade scores impressive performance results for UDP traffic

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 1:20 pm

    Want to get the highest possible performance out of your security device? Make sure it only handles connectionless UDP traffic – the stuff that, according to studies from CAIDA and other sources – makes up less than 5 percent of traffic on Internet backbones.
  • Review

    Testing out Microsoft Security Essentials

    Posted September 29, 2009 - 2:02 pm

    Microsoft's new free anti-virus program, Microsoft Security Essentials, does the job, but it also snoops into your business and it's s_l_o_w.
  • Review

    Data Destroyer Disk Wipe Ensures Your Privacy

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    Simply formatting a drive has never been enough to get rid of data completely; otherwise, data recovery specialists would be out of a job. That's where Data Destroyer Disk Wipe ($14, free demo) comes in. Not only does it erase data on a drive, it writes and rewrites over that data with random bytes, making the wiped data totally unrecoverable.
  • Review

    Norton Internet Security 2010

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 4:56 pm

    Under the hood of the just-released Norton Internet Security 2010 is a new reputation-based security technology that the company claims is better positioned to protect against quickly evolving threats than traditional signature-based and behavior-based detection.
  • Review

    Key management tools are key to enterprise encryption

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:45 am

    In response to dramatic and widely publicized losses of data over the last few years, IT execs are moving to deploy encryption in every corner of the enterprise. While encryption does reduce the chances of data loss, it can also create a management nightmare, with dozens of different encryption applications using hundreds or thousands of keys.
  • Review

    Virtual Machine Management and Compliance with the Hytrust Appliance

    Posted September 3, 2009 - 5:33 am

    The problem with virtualized servers is sort of like Lay's potato chips: you can't just have one. Once you get involved in moving your servers to a VM environment, it becomes harder to manage all the VMs. Hytrust's appliance provides a lot more flexibility in managing these environments and adds a strong layer of compliance too.
  • Review

    Can You Trust Free Antivirus Software?

    Posted August 25, 2009 - 11:17 am

    Free antivirus programs vary just as much as paid security programs do in the quality of their protection. And frugal computer users on the hunt for no-cost antivirus software--already faced with tons of options--will have even more to choose from when new free offerings from Microsoft and Panda join the programs currently available from Alwil (Avast), AVG, Avira, Comodo, and PC Tools.
  • Review

    PC Tools Antivirus Free Edition Software

    Posted August 25, 2009 - 11:11 am

    PC Tools Antivirus Free Edition does a remarkably poor job of keeping a PC safe, largely because it holds to a now-archaic distinction between spyware and other forms of malware. It came in at number five (out of six contenders) in our rankings of free antivirus software.
  • Review

    First look: Opera Unite alpha lets you share files -- but is it safe?

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 10:16 am

    Opera Software's announcement that it's going to bundle Unite, an easy-to-use Web server with content-sharing applets, with the Opera 10 Web browser sounds great -- at first. Upon closer inspection, though, there could be some real security headaches.
  • Review

    Review: 3 email encryption packages help businesses stay secure

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 9:33 am

    This review, looks at three low-cost, easy-to-use email encryption packages: Hush Communications' Hushmail for Business, Voltage Security Inc.'s Voltage Secure Network and Connected Gateway and PGP Corp.'s Universal Server.
  • Review

    G-Data Internet Security 2010

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 4:01 pm

    G-Data Internet Security 2010 (one-year, one-user license: $30; one-year, three-user license: $40 as of 5/21/09) may not yet be a household name, but this German security suite--now sold in the United States, too--was among the best on malware detection and removal.
  • Review

    PC Tools Internet Security

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 3:56 pm

    PC Tools Internet Security (US$60 for up to three computers for one year as of 5/21/09) offers a decidedly mixed bag of protections.
  • Review

    Comodo Internet Security Pro 3.8

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 3:54 pm

    Comodo Internet Security Pro 3.8 (one-year, one-user license at $40; no three-user license listed as of 5/21/09) is a newcomer to the consumer Internet security suite market. And based on our experience, the suite is clearly in its infancy.
  • Review

    AVG Internet Security 8.5

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 3:52 pm

    AVG Internet Security Version 8.5 (one-year subscription for one computer: US$55; one year for three computers: $75, as of 5/21/2009), has been steadily building a solid following for its protection products. Unlike some security vendors, AVG allows you to opt in to various partnerships (as opposed to opting out), such as the Yahoo Search box, during installation.
  • Review

    CheckPoint ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 8.0

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 3:50 pm

    CheckPoint ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 8.0 (one-year three-user license: $70 as of 5/21/2009) provides solid firewall protection along with a host of other security functions. If anything, ZoneAlarm Extreme may be guilty of having too many pieces.
  • Review

    How to stress a UTM

    Posted May 27, 2009 - 10:58 am

    We challenged the Astaro, SonicWall, WatchGuard, and ZyXel appliances with a maximum dose of legitimate traffic, 200 VPNs, and hundreds of Internet attacks, all at the same time.
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    Hitting a wall: The great UTM challenge

    Posted May 27, 2009 - 9:37 am

    InfoWorld Test Center runs so-called "unified threat managers" from Astaro, SonicWall, WatchGuard, and ZyXel through a gauntlet, but only one lives up to the name.
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