Security: From wristwatches to handhelds
- By IDG News Service
- Aug 23, 2000
Watch for this: PC security on your wrist
Ensure Technologies Inc., which makes a wireless access system, aims
to make PC security even handier through a new partnership with wristwatch
maker Golden State International.
About a year ago, Ensure Technologies introduced XyLoc. The system includes
a belt- or badge-mounted miniature transceiver that automatically identifies
you when you approach your PC and unlocks it for you. The partnership will
incorporate XyLoc into Golden State's Ologi brand of wristwatches.
The existing XyLoc system — which consists of a radio transceiver that
plugs into the serial, keyboard, or USB slot of a PC and a key card or key
fob transponder — sells for $179 per PC. The price of the XyLoc-equipped watches
will be announced when they're released next spring.
Software suite beefs up online security
Computer Associates International Inc. on Monday released eTrust Internet
Defense, a software package designed to protect organizations from attacks
and security breaches when they do business online.
CA's eTrust package includes six programs — including a firewall, intrusion
detection, a virtual private network and anti-virus software — that can
be licensed separately or as an integrated suite. The applications can detect,
analyze, warn, prevent and cure attacks, including malicious mobile code,
worms, viruses or intruders and hackers who are attempting to attack an
e-commerce Web site, according to CA.
Software protects handhelds from spreading viruses
Network Associates Inc.'s McAfee division Monday released new software
aimed at workers who use handheld computers to transfer files between work
and home. After the McAfee VirusScan Handheld is installed on a user's workplace
PC and handheld, it scans all files for viruses as the files are transferred
to and from the PC.
The VirusScan Handheld product can be downloaded to a PC from the Web
and installs itself the next time the handheld and the PC are synchronized.
The software updates itself automatically over the Internet, and is available
for each of the four main device platforms. Pricing starts at $12 per device
for 5,000 devices.